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1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story Paperback – September 7, 2004

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“Compelling and briskly told. . .Quite convincing. . .[Lance] breaks ground.” (—Washington Post Book World)

“An astounding read...a 500-page smoking gun.” (—Kristin Breitweiser, co-chair, September 11 Advocates)

“An astonishing series of revelations, this book is a must-read...” (—Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Judiciary Committee)

“This is a wake-up call to show America how are barn door was left open...” (—Dennis Smith, bestselling author of Report from Ground Zero and Report from Engine Co. 82)

About the Author

Peter Lance is the author of three previous works of investigative journalism, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, and Triple Cross. A former correspondent for ABC News, he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Among his awards are the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the Sevellon Brown Award from the Associated Press. In 2010 he was appointed Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. He lives in California.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060597259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060597252
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, Lance spent the first 15 years of his career as a print reporter and network correspondent.

He began his career as a reporter for his hometown paper, The Newport, R.I. Daily News. There, while a student at Northeastern University in Boston, he won the coveted Sevellon Brown Award from the A.P. Managing Editors Association. Lance next moved to WNET, the PBS flagship in New York, where he won his first New York area Emmy and the Ohio State Award as a producer- reporter for Channel 13's news magazine THE 51ST STATE.

Later, while working as a writer and producer for WABC-TV Lance won his second Emmy along with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism prize for WILLOWBROOK: THE PEOPLE VS. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, an exposé on a notorious institution for the mentally challenged. He also was awarded The National Community Service Emmy for that same documentary.

While getting his law degree, Lance worked as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the office of the District Attorney for New York County. Moving to ABC News as a field producer in 1978, Lance won his fourth Emmy in 1980 for his investigation of an arson-for-profit ring in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago: "Arson and Profit."

In 1981 Lance became Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. For his very first investigative piece on 20/20 Lance won his fifth Emmy for "Unnecessary Surgery," an exposé of unnecessary surgery in an Arkansas hospital. He won two more Emmy nominations in 1982 for 20/20 investigative pieces on Formaldehyde "The Danger Within" and toxic waste: "Deadly Chemicals, Deadly Oil;" a piece that also won the National Headliner Award.

Over the next five years he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for ABC NEWS 20/20, NIGHTLINE, and WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.

He was a member of the first American crew into Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. He chased rebel insurgents through the Plaine Des Jarres in Laos and members of the Gambino Family through the toxic wastelands of New Jersey. He tracked knife-happy surgeons in the Deep South and nuclear terrorists through the twisted streets of Antwerp. Then, in 1987, he took a break from non-fiction.
Lance came to L.A. and began working as a writer and story editor for Michael Mann on two of his acclaimed NBC series: CRIME STORY and MIAMI VICE.

In 1989 Lance became the co-executive producer and "show runner" on the fourth season of WISEGUY for CBS and in 1993 he co-created MISSING PERSONS, for ABC. In recent years, he has served as a writer and consulting producer on such series as JAG (NBC) and THE SENTINEL (UPN).

In 1997 Lance's first novel FIRST DEGREE BURN became a national best seller, ranking No. 24 on The Ingram A-List The Top 50 Requested Titles in Mystery- Detective Fiction. The film-noir mystery features FDNY Fire Marshal Eddie Burke.

Later Lance adapted VEIL: THE SECRET WARS OF THE CIA, Bob Woodward's best-seller on William Casey for HBO. For Showtime he wrote TERROR.NET, the story of Bradley Smith, the courageous Diplomatic Security agent responsible for helping to apprehend the world's most notorious terrorists.

In the year 2000 Lance returned to investigative reporting with his best-selling non-fiction investigative biography: THE STINGRAY: Lethal Tactics of The Sole Survivor.

Following the 9/11 attacks Lance began investigating the origins of the FBI's original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. After visiting Yousef's former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100's of pages of classified documents proving that Yousef had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994.

Lance then went back and examined the FBI's original efforts to stop Yousef in 1992 as he built the first WTC device. The result is his acclaimed investigative book from Harper Collins 1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE.

Lance followed that book with COVER UP in 2004. In it he established evidence that federal officials entered into an "ends/means" decision in 1996 that buried a treasure trove of al Qaeda-related intelligence in order to preserve a series of Mafia-related cases in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

Lance presented probative evidence in the book that a senior Organized Crime Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's New York Office (NYO) may have been in a corrupt relationship with a Colombo Family killer. It was the FBI's desire to prevent this potential scandal from tanking the mob cases, that led, Lance determined, to the al Qaeda evidence suppression.

A year after COVER UP's publication the Brooklyn D.A. commenced a grant jury investigation inspired, in part, by Lance's revelations about the Supervisory Special Agent: R. Lindley DeVecchio. On March 30th, 2006 DeVecchio was indicted on four counts of second degree murder stemming from that D.A.'s investigation.

In TRIPLE CROSS, the final book in Lance's 9/11 investigative trilogy, he provides stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden's principal spy inside the United. States.

In April, 2010 Lance was appointed Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lance's profile of former FBI undercover asset Emad Salem, "The Spy Who Came In For The Heat," was the lead non-fiction article in PLAYBOY's September, 2010 issue. "The Private War of Anthony Shaffer," Lance's investigation surrounding the Pentagon's censorship of "Operation Dark Heart," was the lead nonfiction piece in PLAYBOY's January, 2011 issue.

On April 4th, 2013 a new Kindle edition of Lance's first novel "First Degree Burn" was published on amazon.com. The trade paperback will be available on April 10th.

His fourth book for HarperCollins, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, the epic story of the FBI's 30 year relationship with a Mafia killer was published on July 2nd 2013. In January, 2015 Lance wrote the foreword to the new memoir by John Gotti Jr., "Shadow of My Father."

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bergen on September 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had not realized there was more material to mine in the story of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 but Peter Lance hit a motherlode in his recounting of the story of FBI agent Nancy Floyd and her relationship with Emad Salem, the FBI informant who could have prevented that attack. The story of Floyd and Salem is infuriating as it is clear that more senior FBI officials sabotaged what could have been Floyd and Salem's important contribution to breaking up the cell that carried out the 1993 Trade Center attack.
Lance's book is very well researched, well organized in its narrative, and a real page turner that reads like a fast paced book of fiction. Lance does not descend into political point-scoring, but he does make a compelling case that many opporunites were missed to root out al Qaeda in the United States. In my estimation certain officials in the FBI did have a very strong sense of the threat posed by al Qaeda. Lance nonetheless makes a strong case that the US government missed a multitude of opporttunities to extirpate al Qaeda in the United States going back as far as 1989.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By JGNIX on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
As I read some of the reviews of people specifically one regarding David Ray Griffin books compared to this I must wonder about their motives. Although I have not read his books I read a few summaries, and concluded on some of the differences between them. David Ray Griffin seems to put all the blame and cover up on the Bush administration; it also seems to claim that there were explosives throughout the towers causing them to come down and not just the planes. It also claims that the pentagon plane never was a plane.

So how do you compare; Peter Lance doesn't claim that the Clinton administration or Bush Administration knowingly lied, it does however criticize both administrations for not looking into things like they should have. Obviously the Clinton Administration takes a harder hit here because they were in office from 93 - 00 when most of the planning took place. (yes I know it is hard for many bush haters not to put all the blame on Bush but this attack was planned well before Jan 1, 2001).

Peter Lance goes into extreme detail regarding the people involved in the 93 bombing and the people hunting/prosecuting them. There were so many things that were missed on all levels of our government from local police to the FBI to the white house. He does focus on the FBI's failure more than many other law enforcement because they are the group involved here at home. There are no conspiracy theories, the 93 world trade center attack happened; we know who did it. The USS Cole was attacked, Khobar Towers, the 2 embassies in Africa and 9/11. To suggest that some or any of these were committed or covered up by our goverment is insane.

Peter Lance details that there are people out there that are making their living trying to kill Americans and their allies.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
How could it be that the United States of America, a world super-power, had missed the terrorist trail to 9/11? In "1,000 Years for Revenge" Peter Lance uncovers facts, connects events, and discloses a pattern of FBI behavior that together paves a glaring path to the tragedy of 9/11. His passionate presentation of material is captivating and frightening. But it is Lance's gift as a compelling storyteller that makes this book read like a best selling novel. Two real American heroes are the intimate human thread around which the story unfolds and gives this book heart. Further a glossy paged timeline in the middle of the book, provides a brilliant method of distinguishing all the players by identifying each with their picture, each time their name appears. For those readers not familiar with Middle Eastern names, like me, it is an easy way to grasp the continuity of the persons over time. We should all know this story and Peter Lance tells it well.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roy Anthony, M.D., F.A.C.P. on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As the Chief of Cardiology at a major university medical center in NYC, I am part of a Physician Emergency Response Team, a network of critical crisis medical personnel organized to handle massive emergencies as best we can. Thousands of medical personnel were in place at the highest alert level within minutes of those imcomprehensible blasts on 9/11/01. Some sped as close as they could get to the site, while others prepared the O.R.'s as best we could. Less than 2 miles from the World Trade Center, it took us a couple of hours for it to sink in. No injured were being brought in. We found the same to be the case at four other hospitals within 1/2 mile radius. Not a single person. By early afternoon, I found myself absurdly beginning to pray for something, even a body part, something to prove that my fellow New Yorkers, the mothers and fathers of the children who lived next door hadn't disintegrated into ash. We continued to wait, not leaving once for 14 days and 14 nights, although the reality became apparent long before that. Incredibly, there were so few survivors that our hospital was simply not needed. We were just too far from the site to offer help to the relative few who could be helped.
Not fearing the inevitable is absurdly reckless. We are in a state of seige and I for one am grateful to have had Peter Lance put things in perspective in his book "1000 Years For Revenge". His extensive investigation is the most illuminating document that I've read on the subject so far. The revelations he's uncovered in the process of his investigation are terrifying. He writes with a clarity and precision that is remarkablehe in the process of trying to make sense of what should never have happened.
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