John W. Kiser books in order
John W. Kiser’s books tend to go against popular belief.
Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy came at a time when many believed that the communist world was technologically incompetent.
Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria, highlights the harmony between Muslim and Christians at a time when the West had irreconcilable differences with Islam.
Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad is of a religious man whose faith and love for humanity made him a hero in both the East and West.
Kiser’s last three books have certainly emphasized on the role of faith in leading and sustaining people during desperate times.
He loves pig farming, and is on the board of The William and Mary Greve Foundation.
- 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
“The Good Jihadist”
On February 5, 1848, a short and sturdily built forty-one-year-old general of the French Army of Africa went before the Chamber of Deputies in Paris to justify his actions.
Less than two months earlier, he had apprehended the most feared and evasive enemy France ever had for the last decade and a half: The Commander of the Faithful, Emir Abd el-Kader.
Although his surrender was largely viewed as an accomplishment on the side of the military, the terms of the emir’s surrender caused great resentment and umbrage in the French capital.
This is the extraordinary story of a man of faith; one admired from Missouri to Moscow to Mecca.
A dedicated Muslim and a hero of Christians, Emir Abdelkader was a lover of peace and a defender of human rights.
It is no surprise that his memory is preserved in the foyer of the International Red Cross building in Geneva.
“Christians Who Give Their Lives for Muslims.”
The kidnapping of the seven French Trappists from their monastery in the village of Tibhirine, and subsequent beheading, tells a heartbreaking story of sacrificial love. It is one of Christians who risked their live for their Muslim friends, and Muslims who risked death for the sake Christians.
The village of Tibhirine slowly grew around the monastery, as it was a holy place believed to be protected by the Virgin Mary. It was a place revered by both Christians and Muslims.
The serene and welcoming atmosphere was however replaced with the sound of gunfire and helicopters.
The Monks of Tibhirine is an inspirational real-life story of Christians who gave away their lives while serving a Muslim flock during the political upheaval that rocked Algeria in the 1990s.
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.
“Success and Suicide”
Biography is a form of autobiography, and subjects who repulse may end up giving away more about an author than the ones that actually attracts.
Joseph Fouché and Honoré de Balzac were part of the hot and cold of Zweig’s character.
Battling to attain a harmonious agreement between the contending forces of pessimism and optimism, Zweig’s makeup could have focused primarily on Balzac and used lesser parts Fouché...
“Maverick Innovators within the Evil Empire”
He is an innovator who follows no orders. The only way he knows is his own way.
That is what Sergei Rogov, of the USA and Canada Institute in Moscow, thought of Kabaidze’s career.
“Right from contravening the plan for the new Ivanovo plant he was chosen to direct in 1970, Kabaidze systematically ignored the nostrums of the planning system...”
His respect for youth is more than just the number of years that a person has. Kabaidze strongly believes that youthfulness is an attitude; one of innocence, enthusiasm and knowing no limits.