Thanks again to the Free Republic, I discovered a book that will be on my "must read" list: Why I Left Jihad.
I encourage you to click on the link and read some of the reviews. Insider accounts of Islam paint quite a different picture of Jihad than the made-for-TV progaganda that is the summ total of most people's ideas about Islamic terrorist organizations.
An excerpt from a review by M.D. Roberts:
"The book also investigates the alleged misinformation in the media together with what is called the "miasma of words that insulates the public from the evil of terrorism" in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. The book demonstrating how it is not difficult for extremists to allegedly explain Islam in a completely untruthful fashion to the unquestioning moderates and win them over by the droves. Such a statement being made within the context of sincere concern as to how so many Westerners, especially on the far left side of politics, allegedly demonise Israel and exonerate Islamic-Arab terror."