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The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda

Oct 1 2007 12:00 am

The World Policy Institute in collaboration with the Committee on Historical Studies and the South Asia Forum at The New School invite you to a book launch and discussion with Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall Street Journal correspondent and author of The Siege of Mecca:  The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda.
Broadcast on C-Span BookTV Oct 6 at 3 pm ET and 1 am ET Oct 7
The discussion will be moderated by Faisal Devji, Associate Professor of History, The New School.
Monday, October 1
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eugene Lang College
The New School for Liberal Arts
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street
New York, NY
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVPs are a must.
To register, e-mail or call the World Policy Institute’s new Events line at (212) 481-5005, Option 2.
Advance praise for The Siege of Mecca, which The Washington Post has called one of the "season’s most anticipated books”:
“Yaroslav Trofimov has written a spellbinding thriller. Packed with vivid, previously undisclosed details, it illuminates a little-known hostage crisis in the closed-off heart of the Muslim world that helped give rise to Al Qaeda. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down.” —Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
“As Yaroslav Trofimov amply and skillfully demonstrates, the most radioactive particle in the world today is not North Korea, Iran, or, for that matter, the United States. It is, rather, the terrifying bundle of contradictions otherwise known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The most formative event in the modern history of this secretive and at times morally disgusting petrocracy is vivisected by Trofimov to unsettling effect, and he reminds us of why anything that has happened or will happen there is a matter of great concern to the world.”  —Tom Bissell, author of God Lives in St. Petersburg and The Father of All Things
Copies of The Siege of Mecca will be available for sale and signing at the event. For more information, visit 



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