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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476727937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476727936
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Apuzzo & Goldman are the new Woodward and Bernstein." (Spencer Ackerman, national security editor, The Guardian)

"Two of America's best reporters pull back the curtain to reveal how New York really works. In the process, they also raise troubling questions about the price that America has paid, particularly in its moral standing, in prosecuting the war on terror. They ask the hardest question of them all. They ask Americans to look in the mirror." (James Risen, author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration)

"The authors use their investigative know-how like skilled surgeons, utilizing their scalpel to expose a malignant growth in the heart of the NYPD." (Frank Serpico)

"Enemies Within combines the quick-paced storytelling of a mystery novel with the intellectual altitude of intelligence experts. It offers insights into the methods that work the best against would-be terrorists, as well as those that are not only a waste of money and time, but abuse the nature of our democracy. A great, informative read." (Dana Priest, investigative reporter, The Washington Post and author of Top Secret America: The Rise of the Nation)

"Despite all the hype around NSA's secret Prism surveillance program, Apuzzo and Goldman show how the Zazi case really got made. This book is both a thriller and a hard-hitting expose of the NYPD Intel unit set up after 9/11. While the American people have shown some willingness to give up privacy for the hope of greater security, the reader can be the judge of whether the shocking excesses of this unit are justified by its results." (Vicki Divoll, former general counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former assistant general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency)

"Like too many stories about the post-9/11 fight against terrorism, this is a tale in which American boldness, cunning, and ingenuity are frequently undermined by American arrogance, recklessness, and narrow-mindedness. Apuzzo and Goldman’s revelatory investigation casts a troubling light on the NYPD and reverberates far beyond New York City, exposing the risks of waging an ill-defined 'war on terror.'" (Justin Vogt, senior editor, Foreign Affairs)

"Enemies Within is a deeply reported and well written account of the NYPD's aggressive efforts to monitor the Muslim-American community and the most threatening al-Qaeda plot since 9/11---the plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009-- a plot that NYPD's surveillance efforts did not detect." (Peter Bergen author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad)

“Two tales tell us a great deal—not all of it flattering—about the ways in which law
enforcement has kept the city safe. . . . Assiduous reporting.” (The Wall Street Journal)

"A fascinating new book." (The Economist)

“If you're a citizen, you need to read Enemies Within . . . . The authors have a story worthy of a thriller. The book is peopled with spies, terrorists and decorated war heroes. . . . Apuzzo and Goldman have sounded an alarm.” (Associated Press)

“While Apuzzo and Goldman show their veteran reportorial skills in exposing the details of the NYPD’s surveillance program, they also expertly craft the drama of the unfolding terrorist plot and the race by government agencies to foil it. . . . A fast-paced, informative investigation into the ever-messy arena of privacy versus security.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"It is no stretch to say that the season's most anticipated book of investigative journalism is Enemies Within" (The Atlantic Wire)

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman chronicle how the quest for safety led to something far darker....Did the Snowden leaks trouble you? You ain't seen nothing yet. (Dan Bigman, business news managing editor Forbes)

“A deep, jaw-dropping dive . . . No book better sums up the state of post-9/11 fear.” (National Journal)

About the Author

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman are investigative reporters for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. They shared in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on the New York Police Department's clandestine spying program targeting American Muslims. Together, Apuzzo and Goldman have uncovered the location of a CIA prison, revealed widespread cheating on FBI exams, and showed how the CIA's haphazard disciplinary system resulted in promotions for officers who kidnapped and killed the wrong people. They have shared the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a George Polk Award, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association. Apuzzo has covered organized crime, corruption, and law enforcement in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington. Goldman has covered crime and government for newspapers in Virginia and Alabama. He reported from Las Vegas and New York for the AP.

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The book reads more like a thriller than a Page A1 exclusive.
Andrew Exum
The book masterfully intertwines a gripping account of the real plot to bomb New York's subways with details about the NYPD's post-9/11 practices.
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Enemies Within was a great read and explains the challenges facing our nation in combating terrorism on U.S. soil.
Fred Burton

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Snake on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There does seem to be a lot of confusion, especially among conservatives, about this book and about the NYPD program it details. I have read this book, and the series of articles the AP ran last year that inspired it. "Enemies Within" lays out the details of the NYPD Demographics Unit, which places informants within the city's Muslim communities - the logic being, members of the Muslim community perpetrated the 9-11 attacks, so we should know what is going on those communities, and what if any radical plots are being formed. Fair enough.

It also outlines the program through a scary terrorist plot many of us have probably forgotten about: a attack plan by a radicalized Afghan-American in Queens, NY who built a powerful home made bomb and was in process of planting it in NYC's subway system when he was caught.

Does the book draw some conclusions about the Demographics program? Yes, it does. It points out that despite the unprecedented level of surveillance on the bomber's neighborhood, mosque, Imam, and the travel agency he used to find and train with Al-Queda in Pakistan, the Demo unit missed him. Good, old-fashioned police work nabbed him. There is also no evidence that any plot was thwarted in the last 12 years by the unit. And there is no evidence of any real plot that was uncovered by it either. There is a Latin phrase that many conservatives seem to think applies here - "Post hoc ergo propter hoc", "After this, therefore because of this". It seems because there was no terrorist attack while this unit operated MUST mean, to some, that the unit is responsible for preventing one. (The Mets haven't won the World Series since 9-11, either. Coincidence?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NYCReader on September 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a great read start to finish. The subway plot grabs your attention and hooks you in like a real life episode of 24. Meanwhile, the stories of the inter-agency rivalries and egos are as compelling as any moder-day drama. But the amazing thing is all of these stories are true! Apuzzo and Goldman went out of their way to back up all of their allegations and anecdotes with internal NYPD documents and on-the-record statements from federal agents and NYPD officers who lived these events. It's a must read for anyone who has an interest in the debate over national security and the freedoms the NYPD abridged to keep us "safe." It's also a great look into the inner workings of our first lines of defense against terrorists.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By stixmcgee on September 5, 2013
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Great read. This book balances solid reporting and great storytelling. By following the story of one would-be terrorist, the authors shine a light on the complexities of the war on terror. They bring ivory tower discussions to street level. One caution: make sure you start this book on Friday. You wont be able to put it down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Sarsour on September 6, 2013
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From beginning to end this book takes you on a thrilling adventure to apprehend one of the most dangerous terrorist threats to America meanwhile detailing the very counterterrorism programs that NYPD set up to catch "real terrorists" that failed in the process. Shocking information is revealed about the unwarranted surveillance of the American Muslim communities across NYC and the Northeast by the NYPD. The book is meticulously well researched with numerous senior law enforcement officials on the record. This book opens a must needed discussion on how much of our liberties we are willing to give up for a false sense of security. MUST READ. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bill f on September 29, 2013
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Book exposes big egos. The New York press has cannonized Kelly. This book brings him back down to earth a little. Also makes it clear that the Feds should be responsible for national issues and the NYCPD should remains within it's own jurisdiction
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By muhammad u khan on September 6, 2013
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Apuzzo and Goldman present the harrowing true story of Najibullah Zazi, a kid from Queens and the journey that led him to try to kill innocents. This isn't glossy fictional thriller or a fluff piece. It is however, an impeccably researched book that tells the back story, reveals the fears of hardworking law enforcement, and highlights the challenges and conflicts between the NYPD, the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and the FBI, the agency charged with protecting not only NYC but America.

Thanks to Apuzzo and Goldman's intrepid journalism we know what worked and didn't work as federal and local law enforcement sought to hunt down Zazi. This book serves as a basis for thoughtful policymakers to investigate how to prevent future mistakes and keep New York safe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SabaImtiaz on September 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Enemies Within is a must read. Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman's excellent research and investigative skills make this book, as well as their earlier work for AP, stand out amid a sea of books that merely rehash briefings and press conferences. More importantly, Enemies Within relies on facts sans the judgment and moralizing that has dominated so much of the discourse on national security policies worldwide. A really engaging, intelligent book that should be on everyone's reading list this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stanislaus on September 27, 2013
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Very fast read. Instances of problems caused by lack of cooperation and competition between FBI and NYPD antiterrorism unit. Argues great cost and questionable results of NYPD unit under one commander
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