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The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine

The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine

In "The Siege of Mecca," acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. That same morning, gunmen stunned the world by seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca, creating a siege that trapped 100,000 people and lasted two weeks, inflaming Muslim rage against the United States and causing hundreds of deaths. But in the days before CNN and Al Jazeera, the press barely took notice. Trofimov interviews for the first time scores of direct participants in the siege, and draws upon hundreds of newly declassified documents. With the pacing, detail, and suspense of a real-life thriller, "The Siege of Mecca" reveals the long-lasting aftereffects of the uprising and its influence on the world today.
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Yaroslav Trofimov, geboren 1969 in der Ukraine, arbeitete als Journalist in den USA, Frankreich und der Sowjetunion. In Jerusalem lernte er Arabisch und Hebräisch, mehrmals bereiste er Saudi-Arabien und den Nahen Osten.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 301
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2008
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-307-27773-2
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Maße (L/B/H) 202/134/17 mm
Gewicht 308
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