I Was Told to Come Alone

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

I Was Told to Come Alone

“I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel. . . .” For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other. In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines, as she shares her transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not soon forget.

I was ToId to Come Alone

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

I was ToId to Come Alone

"The journalist who broke the "Jihadi John" story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism. Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories among the most dangerous members of her religion; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. In this compelling and evocative book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, "What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?" She has unique and exclusive access into the world of jihad and sometimes her reporting has put her life in danger. We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world -- from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner "Jihadi John," and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Too often we find ourselves unable to see the human stories behind the headlines, and so Mekhennet - with a foot in many different camps - is the ideal guide to take us where no Western reporter can go. Her story is a journey that changes her life and will have a deep impact on us as well"

Black Angel

Black Angel

When Conrad Jones helps the police identify an occultist symbol carved into the chest of a murder victim, he attracts the attention of a Satanic cult who believe themselves to be human vampires. He writes a book about them exposing how far reaching their influence is and they desperately want to silence him. Hunted by the cult and by the law, he has no choice but to become the hunter…. A gritty, violent thriller based on recent true events.

The Banditti of the Plains

Or The Cattlemen's Invasion of Wyoming in 1892

The Banditti of the Plains

In 1894, when A. S. Mercer published this angry eyewitness account of the cattlemen’s invasion of Wyoming, the book was so thoroughly and ruthlessly suppressed that few copies of that edition remain today. Although historians have since questioned some of Mercer’s conclusions about the Johnson County range war, they have never controverted the facts of the cattlemen-homesteader struggle as he grimly reported them. With the intention of "executing" alleged rustlers and terrorizing the homesteaders, a band of fifty-two cattlemen and hired gunmen invaded Johnson Country, Wyoming, in April 1892. After besieging and killing "the bravest man in Johnson County," the raiders in turn found themselves besieged by the homesteaders and finally in the protective custody of the Untied States cavalry. Further legal and illegal maneuvering permitted the invaders to go unpunished, but the cattlemen never again attempted to retain their hold over the range with organized mob violence. In this new edition of The Banditti of the Plains the original text has been followed with the utmost fidelity, even including the illustrations. An informed and interesting foreword by William H. Kittrell has been added to the book.

D' Ambush Killings

In to the Eyes of a Killer

D' Ambush Killings

Imagine a peaceful night of relaxing fishing at a Dam Reservoir, where you and your family have vacationed for the last 18 years. On this particular night you've disappeared and the only evidence you've left behind is a truck, a pool of blood, a blood trail, tissue and drag marks. This is where this story started for the Police, however for Dennis Roe; it was a night of terror and horror, when he was confronted by a trained assassin. For the family it was where their nightmares began. This was not the first time he/they had killed, including the Colonial Parkway. He is one of Virginia's most prolific serial killers. He/They is known to have killed internationally, discarding the bodies in the water, so as not be found. There are over a hundred unsolved murders where he traveled. The killer confessed to Bradley North with regard to the first murder, he was suspected of and why "he said" he was ordered to kill this person. It took almost 9 years to convict him of one murder. After reading this story, you will think twice before going on what could turn out to be, your last outing ever. Bradley Dallas North

Come Along with Me

Classic Short Stories and an Unfinished Novel

Come Along with Me

A haunting and psychologically driven collection from Shirley Jackson that includes her best-known story "The Lottery" At last, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" enters Penguin Classics, sixty-five years after it shocked America audiences and elicited the most responses of any piece in New Yorker history. In her gothic visions of small-town America, Jackson, the author of such masterworks as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, turns an ordinary world into a supernatural nightmare. This eclectic collection goes beyond her horror writing, revealing the full spectrum of her literary genius. In addition to Come Along with Me, Jackson's unfinished novel about the quirky inner life of a lonely widow, it features sixteen short stories and three lectures she delivered during her last years. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Uncertain Refuge

Italy and the Jews During the Holocaust

Uncertain Refuge

Presents the story of the Italians and the Holocaust in all its tragic complexity. The speakers recall harassment, denunciation, and terror, as well as courageous rescue.

The Nellie Bly Collection: the Books

The Nellie Bly Collection: the Books

NELLIE BLY (1864-1922) was a newspaper reporter who pioneered the fi eld of investigative journalism. Before women even had the right to vote, she fascinated readers around the world with her adventures. Collected for the first time in a single volume are Nellie Blys four published books: Ten Days In A Mad-House Nellie feigns insanity and is committed to the infamous asylum on Blackwells Island. In a stunning tale, she exposes abuse levied by doctors and nurses towards the poor women in their care. Around The World In 72 Days Nellie challenges Jules Verne and vows to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She encounters fascinating people and cultures, but also endures violent storms and obstacles that put her record and life at risk. Six Months In Mexico Nellie travels to Mexico to experience a country mostly unknown to 19th Century America. However, what starts as a travelogue becomes a story of government corruption with Nellie one step ahead of the Mexican police! The Mystery of Central Park Nellie Blys one and only novel. When young lovers Richard and Penelope fi nd a young womans body in New Yorks Central Park, they set out to solve a mystery that will test their wits and love for each other.

Reprisal

Reprisal

When anti-hero Cary Rodondo's fifteen-year-old daughter, Felicity, disappears, his reaction is swift and pre-emptive. Rodondo is a wealthy, respectable, right-wing, evangelical Christian car dealer. A self-made man and proud of it. Given his commitment to traditional family values and influential status in his community, what would compel him to search for his daughter in a gay bar? And why is he so driven to get Felicity back before the police find her? Set in the latter years of the G. W. Bush administration, Reprisal is a powerful, often disturbing, first-person, narrative-driven psychological thriller, dealing with contemporary adult themes of sexual identity, betrayal and religion and it's relationship to business and personal freedom.

Joyce's Investments

Joyce's Investments

The old lawyer caressed his smoothly shaven chin and gazed out at Joyce Lavillotte from under his shaggy eyebrows, as from the port-holes of a castle, impressing her as being quite as inscrutable of aspect and almost as belligerent. She, flushed and bright-eyed, leaned forward with an appealing air, opposing the resistless vigor of youth to the impassive-ness of age. "It is not the crazy scheme you think it, Mr. Barrington," she said in that liquid voice which was an inheritance from her creole ancestry, "and I do not mean to risk my last dollar. You know I have means that cannot be touched. Why should you be so sure I cannot manage the Works-especially when Mr. Dalton is so capable and-" The lawyer uttered something between a grunt and a laugh. "It's Mr. Dalton who will manage it all. What do you know of the Works?" "No, he will not, Mr. Barrington. The factory, of course, is his province, but the village shall be mine.