Author(s): Yaroslav Trofimov
20 November, 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. This work takes us through one of the momentous events in history, interviewing many participants in the siege and reveals the truth about the first operation of modern global jihad.
Trofimov tells this tale with considerable verve and authority. He has interviewed many of the surviving witnesses and participants in a country suffused with fear and paranoia, and sets the siege within a wider historical context Literary Review A gripping and revealing account of this brutal uprising ... The Siege of Mecca is a marvel of investigative journalism ... Trofimov's viciously gory account unfolds with a sharp eye for detail and accuracy New Statesman The first detailed account of the event ... brilliantly researched and eye-opening ... this is undoubtedly a book of international significance Herald A gripping, highly informed narrative Financial Times A thriller-like account of an event largely hushed up The Times Riveting Sunday Times