When he was 25 years old, in the early years of the Iraq War, Graeme Wood moved to Mosul for a job. Within a short time he had narrowly avoided a suicide-bombing and grown accustomed to mortar attacks around his office. Years later, as a journalist, Wood set out to find out more about the people and motivations behind such attacks. The result is his latest book, “The Way of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State.” Wood interviewed converts and enthusiasts of the Islamic State from around the world, many of whom didn’t live up to the stereotype of terrorists who pervert theology. In this hour we'll talk to Wood about his book and the people and beliefs of the Islamic State.
The Atlantic's Graeme Wood On 'Encounters with The Islamic State'
Graeme Wood is the author of "The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State." (Photo: Danna Singer)
Graeme Wood, contributing editor, The Atlantic and The New Republic; lecturer, political science at Yale University; author, "The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State"