The Age of Jihad by Patrick Cockburn

Non-Fiction

“Patrick Cockburn spotted the emergence of ISIS much earlier than anybody else and wrote about it with a depth of understanding that was just in a league of its own. Nobody else was writing that stuff at that time, and the judges wondered whether the Government should consider pensioning off the whole of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn instead. The breadth of his knowledge and his ability make connections is phenomenal.”
-Judges of the Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year Award 2014

“One of the best informed on-the-ground journalists. He was almost always correct on Iraq.”
-Sidney Blumenthal, in an email to Hillary Clinton