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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Narrative of the Overlooked Heroes, the Interrogators
"Kill or Capture" is a wonderful follow up to the author's first book, "How to Break a Terrorist". Both are extremely compelling and shed much needed light onto an otherwise overlooked facet of war...interrogation. I personally feel that the media and entertainment industry, when dealing with the subject of war tend to focus almost solely on the battle, the gun fights,...
Published on February 13, 2011 by Kangman1

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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title ...
This book is interesting from the perspective of the military interrogators in Iraq. This is not, however, a book about kill/capture operations in the sense that it discusses those specific types of operations. Rather, it covers the "after" of those stories - the interrogations of those "snatched" by military special ops units (possibly JSOC's teams, though these are not...
Published on August 22, 2011 by Tom's Reviews


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Narrative of the Overlooked Heroes, the Interrogators, February 13, 2011
This review is from: Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist (Hardcover)
"Kill or Capture" is a wonderful follow up to the author's first book, "How to Break a Terrorist". Both are extremely compelling and shed much needed light onto an otherwise overlooked facet of war...interrogation. I personally feel that the media and entertainment industry, when dealing with the subject of war tend to focus almost solely on the battle, the gun fights, the physicality, but neglect to address one of the military's best weapons...the interrogators. This is a great narrative of real life missions and interrogations conducted by the author, Matthew Alexander, who has the ability to put the reader into the passenger seat of the armored vehicle that is cruising down a dirt road, avoiding IED's and insurgents, to drop the team off to conduct a raid of a possible terrorist's safe house. You get a great sense of the author's compassion for the native people of Iraq, and how he has operated by treating fellow U.S. soldiers and detainees alike, with respect.

I definitely recommend this book to all! You will most likely be exposed to a completely different side of the wars that we are currently fighting and how important interrogators are to the success of our military and country.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title ..., August 22, 2011
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This book is interesting from the perspective of the military interrogators in Iraq. This is not, however, a book about kill/capture operations in the sense that it discusses those specific types of operations. Rather, it covers the "after" of those stories - the interrogations of those "snatched" by military special ops units (possibly JSOC's teams, though these are not identified in the book). In sum, this is the lengthy story of an interrogator's search for one wanted terrorist, and the many interrogations that led up to it. The author has another book by a different title; however, these are essentially the same story. If you are interested in the inner workings of targeting killing or capture operations and the teams that conduct those ops, this book and the other one probably won't be of much interest. If, however, you are interested in how military interrogators do their jobs in the field, this is a good read. The author is not a door-kicker, as you may assume from the title, but rather an interrogator, and it is limited to this scope.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News in the Great Game, February 9, 2011
This review is from: Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist (Hardcover)
Here's a book with good news about our ten year battle against terrorists. And good news about some of our men and women fighting that battle. The author writes a simple first person account of his interrogations in Iraq that lead to the capture of an Al Qaeda leader. The book reads like an entire season of Law and Order only far, far more compelling. But unlike Law and Order, not one shot is fired in the book's 275 pages. Instead you read how the author gets into the heads of his detainees moments after they are captured. Brains, not bullets. Trust, not torture.

The good news is that we can fight jihadists and still be true to American values, and that there are American men and women doing just that, and winning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inteligent Inteligence, March 18, 2011
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Matthew Alexander follows the very effective practice of timely, "on the ground system" of interigation. He
has the understanding of the philosophy, customs & values of the people he is dealing with. He recognises that even the most hardened Taliban has deep love for wife & family. He understands thier sense of Honor & uses all of these through a competent, cooperative interpretor to track the path to his prey. It is strong counterpoint to torture of people, several years after capture. Torture provides deep satisfaction to many (even in "high" places), that has nothing to do with obtaining timely, useful inteligence.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The "Mike, Mary and Jeff" of War Books, April 20, 2011
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With a name like "Kill or Capture" this book could have risen to be included in the pantheon of great war books. As it is, it's not worth a glance. Written at a 5th grade level, we can sum up the entire book in four sentences: the desert is hot, the bad guys are evil and with amazingly little effort or drama, the good guys can win. No context is given, no historical background or description of the larger war any author could have gleaned from Time Magazine to add a little color. The same descriptions and small words are used over and over. The way this book is written these events could have occurred in Berlin or Bogota or Saigon. The author whitewashes every major event and decision except for torture, which he barely covers except to repeat over and over how bad it is. I am totally against torture but the excessive moral hand wringing over in this book is laid on with a trowel yet there is absolutely no discussion of what torture is, who's doing it, when and if it happened or any insight into the moral dilemma or hazard it involves, just the statement, again written as if the reader is a child, "Torture is naughty." It's extremely disappointing because this book had so much potential but the author was so excessively timid with the subject matter and the characters that any color, drama, controversy, description or phrasing is totally absent. If you're going to write a book about the job of military intelligence the for god's sake put a few paragraph of what that means. What are the goals? What are the methods? What are the pitfalls? When did we fail/triumph? Even the few battle scenes, which would have been life changing to anyone who had been there, were never fleshed out, they were bland, without color detail. Some guns were fired then we went back to base and had bacon and eggs. Read something else, this book is a waste of time and effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a former AFOSI special agent I believe the author ..., July 3, 2014
As a former AFOSI special agent I believe the author accurately described the techniques that he learned as an AFOSI Special Agent. Treating subjects with respect, which is also the FBI's approach, is far more effective at eliciting accurate information than waterboarding or other forms of torture. Unfortunately, the CIA has preferred to use coercive interrogation techniques since the Korean War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, June 13, 2014
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Matthew Alexander's first person narration grips the reader and sucks them right in the mystifying, dangerous fast paced world of special forces' operations and interrogations
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read, May 17, 2014
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It gives some good insight on what interrogators have to deal with and how they do it. Not to mention, it was a good story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I kept expecting something big to happen, April 9, 2014
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But it never did. It was just a story how a smart guy did a dangerous and thankless job. Not that all war books need to be shoot-and-tell stories of fire fights and death and destruction, but I've read more interesting stories from ordinary soldiers that didn't do much of anything tough or dangerous yet still had fascinating stories to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, December 19, 2013
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Excellent book by an excellent author. I wound up reading the sequel to this book by accident and was very pleased. I recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in the topic.
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