A book that will change the way we think about alQaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.
On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against alQaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge.
This narrative account of America’s successes and failures against alQaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden’s personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.
©2011 Ali H. Soufan (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Superb. An education. And the best book on alQaeda out there, bar none.” (Robert Baer, former CIA official and New York Times best-selling author)
One of the top five
A Legacy of Ashes/Enemies A History of the FBI both by Tim Weiner. Both books give you an look into the cultures of the Intelligence Agencies. I know many of the men and women of the CIA risked their lives daily but the CIA bureaucrats cannot continue to lie and coverup their incompetence. As the FBI Agent warned the CIA pre 9/11 that by not providing photos and information on known AQ terrorist in American they will be responsible for the attack. Outrageous behavior by the CIA. Add to that the CIA's torture of terror suspects was the "wrong thing to do" as recently stated by CIA Deputy Director on 60 minutes. Bravo!
Ali was vindicated......
Ali's battle of wits with the terrorist suspects....also when the FBI stuck to their guns that there was no evidence/link between Saddam and AQ....even when pressured by the White House....
The CIA's failure to provide information to the FBI on the 9/11 terrorist traveling to the US pre 9/11, their use of torture and their subsequent cover up. Very upsetting .
This is a book about those in the trenches including FBI, and CIA and the military who put their lives at risk in the most dangerous places. Ali stated his case clearly and I hope lessons are learned.
The Sloop JohnB
The censored deletes were annoying ; almost like the author was asking the reader to fill in the blanks with their favored torture or scoundrel from the Bush administration. Author obviously used his book to assert his own political views and lay on the "Bush bashing".and compare the CIA to the Three Stooges.
It's a great insight to the inner workings of the CIA and FBI during the worst crisis they have had to deal with. There was plenty of blame to go around during 9/11
Hopefully 9/11 inspired our government to do things differently.
Listen while I work, ride, drive & run.
Yes, because whenever something is redacted or 'blanked', the narrator just reads over it and one still gets the gist of who and what is being talked about.
The inescapable culpability of the administration to trump truth with its own needs. The constitution of the USA is of no account to men/women in power.
There were many points where the authors tip their hat and we know that despite logic and reason the wrong decision would be made: it became comical and yet was tragic.
I was deeply disturbed by the willingness and ease with which government and agency personnel would see themselves as above the law and above morality. They lie.
Don't be put off by the redactions or the blacked out bits. If you saw the film Zero Dark Thirty, you'll put it together.
Great story and a lot of terrific information. However, several chapters were so decimated with "Blank" in place of names and redacted passages that it makes it unbearable to listen to. I think there should be a free update when the CIA finally clears all the information and this finally becomes a complete book.
Not only is the subject matter interesting and compelling, the artistry of the storytelling makes this one of the great books/audiobooks in Non-Fiction today. I could not recommend this book with any more adamant praise. Purchase it today!
Getting a different vantage point into historic events that have taken place in our life time.
NO, besides the fact that it is a long read or listen. it is better to listen to it by chapters and make your own conclusions about the information that is presented.
there are stories in this book that are eye opening but yet we may never know the complete story. Ali in an interview with NPR mention the content in the book had to be approved.
This is an excellent story if all of it could be heard. Some chapters are written just like this, "Blank wanted to tell blank that blank said blank." The story, at times, is so edited that hearing "Blank" repeatedly became annoying. Half the time you could understand what "Blank" meant but when you hear "Blank was going to interrogate blank until blank said that blank was not blank." it wasn't so easy. Heads up that the writer says that it could soon be a completely unclassified book and that you may want to wait until then to purchase this one.
This is a fantastic listen.. I must have rewinded atleast 15 times during the course of the listen to stop, then do my own research in YT to understand more, go to google and check for past news clips! Amazing thriller...esply for folks who love terrorism related content
Insights into happenings in the real world
Do you have one of those people in your life who is rather arrogant and obnoxious, but who always has the best, most fascinating stories? You tolerate the annoying parts, to hear what will happen next.
That is how I felt about this book. It is obvious that he has many issues with the CIA & EIT's, and I happen to agree with him on these subjects. I'm sure that he really is a very talented interrogator, and single handedly outwitted the most senior of Al-Qaeda operatives. I didn't need to hear about it over and over again however.
It felt like often times these agendas got in the way of telling the story, and it is a very good story. I feel I know a bit more about the "War on Terror" that we are still fighting, and have gotten an glimpse at the on the ground obstacles our agents face.
Worth hearing, but you may need to take a break now and then.
Yes, there is no way I could pronounce those names.
Yes very much. I did not want to put it down.
This book covers 20 years of FBI work and goes into great detail about the actions of the CIA, FBI, and military services. An awesome read. While it does lag in the beginning it was worth it to see how Ali was able to pull from that collection of data to put together the cases.
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