With more than fifty million viewers, Al-Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world. It's also one of the most controversial. Set up by the maverick Emir of Qatar, who drew heavily on a failed BBC Arabic television project to create an Arab news channel, Al-Jazeera ("the island") quickly became a household name after September 11, 2001, by delivering some of the biggest scoops in television history, including a notrious string of taped speeches from Osama bin Laden. Now, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the true story behind the Arab world's most influential outlet.
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"An uncomfortable and indispensable book. Miles bluntly challenges assumptions many Americans hold about that part of the world. Indispensable because it gives readers a more vivid, accurate understanding of that world."