The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine

The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine

Yaroslav Trofimov


In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls again the curtain on an exciting, pivotal, and missed episode of contemporary historical past, analyzing its repercussions at the heart East and the world.On November 20, 1979, world wide recognition was once serious about Tehran, the place the Iranian hostage drawback used to be coming into its 3rd week. that very same morning, gunmen surprised the realm via seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca, making a siege that trapped 100,000 humans and lasted weeks, inflaming Muslim rage opposed to the us and inflicting hundreds of thousands of deaths. yet within the days prior to CNN and Al Jazeera, the click slightly took observe. Trofimov interviews for the 1st time ratings of direct members within the siege, and attracts upon countless numbers of newly declassified files. With the pacing, aspect, and suspense of a real-life mystery, The Siege of Mecca finds the iconic aftereffects of the rebellion and its effect at the international at the present time.

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