Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Much has been written about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But as an Australian, I feel a closer connection to the bombings which took place in 2002 in Bali, which were carried out by the group Jemaah Islamiyah. By contrast, I think that little is understood, and much is probably assumed about the events, and motivations of the people behind the attacks.
Rather than a blow-by-blow analysis of the bombings themselves, this book looks critically at the mythology – I suppose that is the best word – of Imam Samudra. The justification he built to portray himself as a righteous crusader.
I found the book an interesting read in terms of gaining more of an understanding about the development of radicalisation in south east Asia, and of what happened in Bali. If there is a downside, it is the fact that this is a complex issue, and McIntyre’s book is quite short. I consider that it would be of interest mostly to Australians, and those with an interest in the region. In the current environment where we are discussing the radicalisation of ordinary people in our community, the more information we are armed with the better.