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Jihad in Brooklyn: The NYPD Raid That Stopped America's First Suicide Bombers Paperback – January 4, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Had the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Unit (ESU) not done its job on July 31, 1997, the subway tunnels in New York City would have been ground zero. The would-be suicide bombers—two young Palestinians with homegrown rage but no ties to al-Qaeda—lived in Brooklyn, near a radical mosque; a nearby tenant, an Egyptian immigrant, in fear himself of authorities, revealed the plot to law enforcement. Veteran security affairs author Katz provides a cops'-eye view of the case, with affectionate, detailed profiles of the men and processes involved, and a moment-by-moment account of the planning and execution of an elaborate raid. A large bomb was found and detonated safely; one plotter was shot at close range (and police wondered if they themselves would be prosecuted) but survived. Katz's attempts to get inside the bombers' heads miss (he didn't interview them), but he provides important details of a case that police considered a tragically ignored wake-up call. One of the men got two life sentences, the other spent 36 months in prison and was then deported to the Palestinian territories. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Samuel M. Katz has written numerous books and articles on international terrorism and law enforcement. His articles have appeared in magazines around the world, from Esquire to Jane's Intelligence Review. He created two episodes of A&E's Investigative Reports, as well as a three-part series on counter-terrorism for The Learning Channel. He has appeared on the BBC and Fox News as a guest expert on counterterrorism.

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SAMUEL M. KATZ is an internationally recognized expert on Middle East security issues, international terrorism, and military special operations and counterterrorism. His latest book is NY Times Best Seller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi (St. Martin's Press, 2013). An excerpt was featured in the August 2013 edition of Vanity Fair.

Samuel M. Katz has written dozens of articles and created several award-winning documentaries for television on Israel's special operations and counterterrorist units. He also created several publications, including Special Operations Report, a quarterly magazine dedicated to military and law enforcement special operations and counterterrorism; Katz served as the magazine's editor-in-chief. Read by more than 25,000 decision makers in defense ministries, military and police commands, and by special operations and intelligence service unit commanders around the world, Special Operations Report became one of the subject's most respected publications. In his duties as editor-in-chief, Katz ventured into the Gaza night with Israeli undercover commandos and has interviewed kings, government ministers and police commissioners.

Katz has written more than one hundred articles for mass market, defense, and other publications ranging from Jane's Intelligence Review to editions Playboy. His articles have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has also created documentary series for television, including several involving Israel's top-secret special operations units.

Katz has been a guest expert and commentator on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, al-Jazeera, and the BBC World News, and on television networks around the world. Katz has lectured law enforcement agencies and military commands around the world on tactical and counter-terrorism subjects, as well as the history of Palestinian and Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. E. on January 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I must confess that when I first saw this book, I thought that it was novel, and not an actual account. I had never heard of the plot when, in July 1997, two Palestinian suicide bombers intended on blowing themselves up on a subway train in Brooklyn. This story should have been on the front page of every newspaper in America, but instead it was wiped under the rug for reasons, inexplicable reasons of ego, that are, in the wake of 9/11, unimaganible.

Most importantly, this is a book about courage and of some brave New York City cops who put their lives on the line to keep others safe. Reading about the bravery the men from the Emergency Services Unit exhibited in stopping the bombers, was inspirational. The author does a remarkable job in bringing us into the world of the Palestinian bombers as well as into the world of the cops. It all comes together in an explosive confrontation that could have been tragic.

This is a great book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Climber on January 30, 2005
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For those who think all Middle Eastern immigrants are terrorists, this book has some sobering lessons. The only reason NYPD figured out this plot in advance --and saved New York-- was because a newly arrived Egyptian immigrant decided to put his life and future on the line for America by telling police about the plot. This guy didn't even speak English very well, and coming from Egypt, was terrified of police. The Palestinian bombers told him about their plot, thinking he would never dare to tell anyone, but he immediately went to the nearest police officer and persisted in telling the story, despite the initial skepticism with which the cops greeted him. This story affirms that "intel" is the way to disrupt terrorist plots, not blind antagonism towards immigrants. Without this immigrant from Egypt, NYPD would never have known about the plot. The next time Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo starts ranting about how all the immigrants are terrorists, you can counter with this story. This immigrant really saved the day.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SGM on February 22, 2005
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This book was very good. It depicts the step by step process of how the middle east (mainly palestine and israel) is peaceless. It explains the entire process that the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit, or ESU, took to thwart the terrorist attack that would have occurred in Brooklyn. They portrayed the bravery of the NYPD and all Police officers within the United States. Not only does the ESU do there job well, but they do it with professionalism. This is a Must Read for anyone who would like to join any elite police units such as SWAT or even the NYPD's ESU.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on June 30, 2005
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Katz writes a story about his friend and his friend's colleagues who bravely stormed the apartment of two suicide bombers in Brooklyn the night before the bombers planned to self-destruct and in the process murder innumerable innocent commuters on a New York subway. The event took place after the successfully thwarted terrorist attack in lower Manhattan and several years before 9/11. That Katz has decided to tell the general public about this incident is admirable, however, a better writer would have related this story in a much more concise, objective and gripping manner. Katz does not allow the facts to speak for themselves but insists on adding his critical and at times cynical opinion. He also uses his book to vent about his friend's superiors and parts of the police administration. A better book would have tried to present the facts as objectively as possible and allowed the reader to form his or her own opinion.

For example: there is no doubt that the general public is indebted to the officers who selflessly and with immense courage prevented the terrorist bombers from realizing their heinous plan. The fact that these courageous men were subsequently only given one day off after their close encounter with death is deplorable. We do not need Katz to tell us this.

Another shortcoming: on the one hand Katz criticizes the administration and politicians for sharing the names of the brave officers with the media and thus drawing the wrath of the Jihad to these men. On the other hand, Katz makes no attempts to prevent further publication of the officers' names. The author could have covered up their identities with false names in this book.

I get the impression that Katz stretches the meager amount of material that was made available to him to the utmost.
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