journalist, essayist, author

Michael Weiss is an internationally respected  investigative journalist who has covered the wars in Syria and Ukraine and published widely on Russian espionage and disinformation. His first book, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, was a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the Top Ten Books on Terrorism by the Wall Street Journal as well as one of the Best Books of 2015 by The Times of London. It has been translated into seventeen foreign languages. He is a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and Real Time with Bill Maher. He writes a column for The Daily Beast and serves as Consulting Executive Editor for Coda.Story. Michael lives in New York. 


Praise for "isis: inside the army of terror"


The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice:

"Weiss and Hassan provide a detailed explanation of how the Islamic State 'manages savagery' on the ground . . . this account of the Islamic State in Iraq is a valuable summation and the most serious book length study of the Islamic State to be published so far.”

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times:

“ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror”. . .draws upon the authors’ extensive reporting — including interviews with dozens of ISIS associates in Iraq and Syria, among them religious clerics, fighters, security officials and sympathizers — to give readers a fine-grained look at the organization’s evolution through assorted incarnations.”

Anderson Cooper, Host of AC360 (CNN)

 "A remarkable book."

Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian

 "Easily the best history I've read of the evolution of the terror group." 

Kevin Sullivan, RealClearPolitics

 “Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan provide a comprehensive account of how the Islamic State came to be, who is to blame for its emergence, and why world leaders should be worried about its expansion.”

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"Charlie Rose"

Michael discusses how ISIS rules Syria, in the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks. From November 2015.

texas book festival

In this one-on-one with Nancy Nusser, Michael provides a short history of ISIS and its evolution from an Iraq War insurgency to the so-called "caliphate."

Carnegie council global ethics forum

Michael discusses how ISIS rose to power and what drives the terror organization. From February 2016

International Peace Institute

Michael expands on the social and political conditions in Syria and Iraq, which paved the way for ISIS -- why the terror group will endure.

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