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The Black Banners Audiobook

The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against alQaeda

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13
    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
    Where does The Black Banners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top five


    What other book might you compare The Black Banners to and why?

    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!<br/>Ali was vindicated......


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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 . <br/>


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard T 06-02-15
    Richard T 06-02-15

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    "Great book if you are interested in terrorism"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Banners the most enjoyable?

    If you have any interest in the details of 9/11, buy this book now. Very well written. The only thing that was sub par was all the stuff the CIA forced him to remove from the book. The audio book has a lot of redactions, and depending on the part there can be quite a few of them back to back. This is not Ali Soufan's fault, blame the CIA/FBI if this bothers you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well written. Lots of inside information that you will never get by reading the 9/11 commission report (which i have read twice)..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Memories of Ali working with John O'Neil..


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    Amazon Customer 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome"

    enjoyed the book but did not like the manner in which names and passages were redacted.

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    Sean M. Ragan Austin, TX United States 07-28-17
    Sean M. Ragan Austin, TX United States 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating insider view"

    My only complaint is all the redactions. I'm sure they're frustrating enough for print readers; to have to parse all those "BLANK"s and "REDACTED"s by ear is downright aggravating. Looking forward to the unredacted version, if indeed it ever appears, quite a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NatsFan 06-19-17
    NatsFan 06-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "everything you think you know, you don't know"

    I don't know how to comment, how can the squandering ofso many lives, money and time for the purpose of inflating political egos be comprehensible ? it boggles the mind.

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    Joe R. 01-26-17
    Joe R. 01-26-17

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    "Torture doesn't work!"

    Torture is immoral, illegal and, as this book shows, ineffective and counterproductive. Its use also exposes our own troops to similar treatment if captured. I'm ashamed of our armchair warriors who keep promoting it. Ali Soufan is a true patriot and consummate professional who shows here how good interrogation is a mind game requiring study of your subject and incredible patience. We should learn from this terrific book to leave interrogation to professionals with brains, not brawn.

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    wally 12-13-16
    wally 12-13-16 Member Since 2015

    I love Audible but find it unconscionable that they won't up-grade to include the Cowon i9Plus as a compatible mp3 device.

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    "A Classic Of 9/11 History"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Banners to be better than the print version?

    The Audio edition is excellent, but the books are always better. I have both!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Banners?

    Soufan's treatment of prisoners - he doesn't believe in torture and makes an excellent case as to why it doesn't work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention. But the amount of the book that was censored by the CIA is astounding and they're the ones who believed in torture.<br/>


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    John O'Neil's death in the collapse of the World Trade Center is heart wrenching, as is Soufan's account of growing up in war ravaged Beirut and his love for this country.


    Any additional comments?

    Soufan writes that when people ask him what's the best way to defeat al Queda, he replies, "Knowledge." This book shows Soufan not only practices that line of thought, it also allows the listener/reader to absorb the who, what, why, where, and how, of jihadist thought.

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    Tony B 08-16-16
    Tony B 08-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Story. "

    So much I didn't know about Al Qaeda and our war on terrorism... Ali Soufan tells a great story from an amazing position on the inside that touched just about every part of our war on terror.

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    Paul F. Carbone 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent accounts"

    What I dislikes most near the end of the book there were way too many "blanks" where the government wouldn't allow certain names to be mentioned. Also, too many "redacted passages". It ruined the flow of the book, and as we understand from the author, unnecessary.

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    Christopher W. Sloan santa rosa, ca 08-02-15
    Christopher W. Sloan santa rosa, ca 08-02-15

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    "Solid Read"

    Ali is an American hero. This book provides great perspective on the war on terror and it's dark and bright spots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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