INSIDE ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army by Benjamin Hall – BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army

Author: Benjamin Hall

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Faithwords / Center Street

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Length: 270 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.

It was not very long ago that no one had even heard of ISIS and now it seems that you can’t turn on the news or listen to the radio without hearing about this terrorist organization. Despite the fact that it is constantly in the news I did not have very much information about the who, what and why of ISIS before reading this book.

“Life inside the ISIS capital of Raqqa goes on … Thousands of foreign fighters roam the streets, morality police patrol the neighborhoods, businesses and individuals are subjected to extortion, and women live in fear as ISIS drives them back to the Middle Ages.”

Journalist and Author Benjamin Hall spent time behind enemy lines and this book is a direct result of the information he obtained and the events he witnessed.

“Every day people are beheaded in public, stoned to death, whipped, or have their hands chopped off… Music is forbidden and prayers are forced upon the people.”

ISIS is a plague that must be stopped. They hate all things Western and all of us who live in the United States and Canada. They say they are fighting a holy war, but it seems that what they say and what they do are completely different.

In this book the author attempts to answer many of the questions that come up when ISIS is discussed. Where did ISIS come from? What do they want? And most importantly how can they be stopped?

The names of the various jihadist groups as well as the names of individual people within those groups are difficult to pronounce and since so many of the names are similar, they are often confusing to the reader. However, the author has done an admirable job of distinguishing between the various and often convoluted jihadist groups operating in the Middle East.

This is an important book. Knowledge is power and the more people know about ISIS, the less power they will be able to wield.

I encourage every U.S. and Canadian citizen to read this book. Through knowledge maybe we can affect significant and lasting change for the innocent victims of ISIS in the Middle East.

This book will stay with you long after you close the cover.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Benjamin Hall is an independent journalist based in London. He has travelled to many countries to document conflicts in war-torn regions. To learn more about him visit


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