Celsius 7/7

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 14th July 2006

The terrorist attacks which shook America on September 11th 2001 were acknowledged by Western Leaders as a wake-up call. But all too many chose to turn over and resume their slumbers.

In CELSIUS 7/7, Michael Gove – one of Britain’s leading writers and thinkers on terrorism – analyses how the West’s approach to fundamentalism is destined to lead to further atrocities.

Gove explores the roots of Islamic rage, the historical factors which culminated in the current terrorist campaign, and the Moslem world’s troubled accommodation of modernity. He also analyses the intellectual roots and political appeal of Islamism, explains the factors behind jihadi violence, and places the current fundamentalist challenge in context.

On the morning of 9/11, Michael Gove prophetically argued in The Times that the policy adopted by the West towards fundamentalism could only lead to yet more terrorism. Here now is his powerfully eloquent blueprint for what must happen now to avoid yet darker days in the future.