The World's Most Dangerous Place
The Horn of Africa is the most alarming and least known of all the fronts in the seemingly endless war on terror. And in Somalia, where James Fergusson fearlessly dares to tread, the soldiers of Al-Shabaab fight a guerrilla war with the firm backing of Al Qaida, as well as shadowy links to the pirates who patrol the Somalian coast. Now for the first time, James gets to the heart of Somalia's issues. Who are Al Shabaab? What do they want? And how much of a threat do they pose to their home nation and to the wider world? Informative, compassionate and often deeply shocking, the answers to these questions will change the way you see the world around you.
Inside the outlaw state of Somalia
James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications including the Independent, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Economist. From 1997 he reported from Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, covering that city's fall to the Taliban. In 1998 he became the first western journalist in more than two years to interview the fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. His first book, Kandahar Cockney, told the story of Mir, his Pashtun fixer-interpreter whom he befriended and helped gain political asylum in London. From 1999 to 2001 he worked in Sarajevo as a press spokesman for OHR, the organisation charged with implementing the Dayton, Ohio peace accord that ended Bosnia's savage civil war in 1995. He has also written A Million Bullets (voted Military Book of the Year by the British Army in 2008) and Taliban.