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How big is the threat posed by American ISIS supporters? How many Americans have joined ISIS and how many want to return to the United States? Compared to participation by Americans in other jihadist groups, the scale of American involvement in jihadist activity today is unprecedented. This book, from one of the leading counter-terror centres, draws on first-hand interviews with former American Islamic State members and law enforcement officials who tracked them, and includes detailed analysis of the court cases against them and their social media presence. Homegrown reveals how and why ISIS was able to radicalize and recruit a new generation of jihadist sympathizers in America.
‘A rich source of insight.’ Nicholas J. Rasmussen, Former Director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), 2014 – 2017
‘Rigorous, dispassionate analysis based on a trove of new information.’ William McCants, author of ISIS Apocalypse
‘An original, comprehensive, and compelling… offer[ing] the best assessment of the evolving terrorist threat and its many dimensions.’ Daniel Byman, Professor, School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
‘This fine book offers original evidence. Highly recommended.’ Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director, Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology, American University
‘Well-researched and written, Homegrown fills an important gap in our knowledge of the Islamic States’ “online mobilization” in America.’ Kim Cragin, senior research fellow at the National Defense University and author of Women as Terrorists