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Publisher's Summary

The FBI's chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming series Waco.

In Stalling for Time, the FBI's chief hostage negotiator takes listeners on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI's nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.

Whether vividly recounting showdowns with the radical Republic of Texas militia or clashes with colleagues and superiors that expose the internal politics of America's premier law enforcement agency, Stalling for Time crackles with insight and breathtaking suspense. Case by case, minute by minute, it's a behind-the-scenes view of a visionary crime fighter in action.

©2010 Gary Noesner (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Riveting…the most in-depth and absorbing section is devoted to the 1993 siege near Waco, Texas." ( The Washington Post)
"Captivating...an electrifying read...No Hollywood movie can top this story for thrills, suspense, or action." ( New York Journal of Books)
"Certain to fascinate true crime readers...The compelling centerpiece of the book is Noesner's analysis of 'what went wrong at Waco' with the Branch Davidians." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Top Notch

Mr. Noesner's narration is second to none. His voice is soothing and consistent. No wonder he had such a successful career as a negotiator.

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  • Marcus
  • Harrisburg, PA, USA
  • 04-10-18

Incredibly insightful.

I purchased this book after watching the six-part Waco miniseries about the author's work during the Branch Davidian standoff in Texas. Anyone involved in negotiations of any sort whether they're life and death or not should study this text. It is incredibly insightful for learning how to manage behaviors towards a positive outcome.

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Interesting but lacking

I had hoped for more details about the negotiation process itself, and I would have liked to have heard about more real world examples. My biggest complaint is that the author sounded a little self-indulgent at times. Overall I would say it was interesting and worth the time.

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Outstanding

the inside the author provides is amazing this book is worth a listen or read

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such a great read!

first hand experience with the author himself. well written and even better as an Audi experience..

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Gary rocks

An incredible glimpse into a life journey that has culminated in a unique skill set and perspective about the necessity of using communication skills to save human lives. Gary has laid out several examples of how these skills, in conjunction with tactical support at times, minimize the loss of life and preserve the dignity of those involved. Some examples underscore how ignoring the importance of maintaining a dialogue with perpetrators have gone sadly awry. Another important theme emerges, that of careful coordination among all responders is paramount. Such a
skill set has implications beyond major events, but is useful in many settings including health care. I applaud Gary for baring his soul, risking the displeasure of colleagues and illustrating the importance of what his life’s work, his passion, has accomplished. Kudos, my friend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-18

great book

loved this book and it was narrated fantastically well too by the author. highly recommend!