If you haven’t read Syed Saleem Shahzad’s book, Inside Al-Qaeda & the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden & 9/11, then you don’t know the intricate details and nuances of the AQ network and their goals and missions, and real leadership!
Syed Saleem Shahzad was an independent journalist who knew too much. He was abducted and murdered in 2011, but his book was published regardless.
This is one of the most profound books on the topic. Shahzad’s understanding of the inside dynamics of AQ and the Taliban is unsurpassed.