John W. Kiser books in order
John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor while exploring the role of faith in enduring life's tribulations.
- Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (2008)
- The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria (2002)
- Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement (2011)
- Stefan Zweig: Death of a modern man (1994)
- Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy (1989)
Detailed book overview
This book asserts that the solution to the jihadists challenge, and other religious imperatives for that matter, is to come up with a longer-term strategy of cultural engagement, supported by an extensive understanding of how others view the world—and what they consider to be of significance to them.
Three important tasks, extensively explained in the book, are needed in order to achieve this:
Focus on the causal factors that form the basis of religious extremism.
A successor to the rational-actor model of decision-making that has heretofore excluded "irrational" factors like religion.
New paradigm for U.S. leadership in preparation of tomorrow's multipolar world.
The book has been co-written with Doug Johnston.