Come join us for lunch at the Ritz Carlton as we welcome Andrew McCarthy.
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Andrew McCarthy is a bestselling author, a widely syndicated conservative commentator, and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on national security, law-enforcement, and the domestic threat posed by radical Islam. He is a former attorney for the Justice Department’s Southern District of New York, best known for leading the successful prosecution against Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh,” who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and plotted to conduct simultaneous attacks on the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations complex, and the FBI’s lower Manhattan headquarters. Andrew later wrote the Justice Department’s 650-page brief when the Blind Sheikh appealed his conviction and defended the case in a successful two-day argument before the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Andrew supervised the U.S. attorney’s command post near Ground Zero, helping launch the largest investigation in American history, involving hundreds of law-enforcement and intelligence agents.
After leaving the Justice Department as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Southern District of New York’s upstate division, he served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He has been an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and at his alma mater, New York Law School.
Andrew’s first New York Times bestseller was Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books, 2008), a critically acclaimed account of the Blind Sheikh investigation, including the challenges of political correctness; the government’s resistance to the idea that terrorism is motivated by Islamic fundamentalism; and the folly of attempting to deal with a national security threat as if it were a mere criminal justice problem.
His next book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (Encounter Books, 2010) centered on the Muslim Brotherhood’s “civilization jihad” against the West, its entrenched and expanding network of groups and individuals of influence; and its collusion with the hard Left in an ongoing assault against America’s liberty culture. In addition to being a New York Times bestseller, The Grand Jihad was number one on Amazon.
As many analysts have observed, The Grand Jihad accurately presaged the Islamist uprising popularly known as the “Arab Spring.” That story continues in Andres’s new book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy. Released in September by Encounter Books, Spring Fever describes how the Arab Spring has become a Muslim Brotherhood winter.
Andrew is a longtime contributing editor at National Review, writing weekly columns and posting regularly at NRO’s popular blog,” The Corner.” He is also a columnist for PJMedia, writing its “Ordered Liberty” blog. He has authored two pamphlets in Encounter’s well-regarded “Broadside” series: How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice (No. 7) and How Obama Embraces Islam’s Sharia Agenda (No. 18). Andrew is regularly featured as a commentator on a wide array of national television, radio, and Internet broadcasts.