“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Joby Warrick, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Joby Warrick, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Joby Warrick

12.6.2016

Joby Warrick

Joby Warrick joined the Washington Post’s national staff in 1996. He has covered national security, the environment, and the Middle East, and currently writes about terrorism. He is the author of two books, including 2015’s “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Knopf-Doubleday), which was awarded a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Warrick and two colleagues shared the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Joby Warrick, traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it.

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