Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Before reading this, I had no idea the attackers were on cell phones getting orders the entire time. Nor did I know anything about the terrorist group called Lashkar. I also learned a thing or two more about Pakistan and our relationship with India.
It's was nice to see the author's attempt at keeping bias to a minimum, by highlighting and comparing the new reports from Europe, USA, and India. I'll be keeping an eye on this author because i truly enjoyed his writing style and I hope to read more works by him in the near future. :)
It's a particularly fascinating read against today's situation in Pakistan with the CIA operative under arrest for killing two men.
We live in frightening and interesting times.
However, I feel that the piece is lacking in both its demonstration of reputability and the depth in which it covers certain topics.
With an article of this length, I'd expect to at least see some footnote references: certainly, not all of the source information could be classified.
While the claim that the ISI was involved in the attacks sounds reasonable, it seems like the report didn't make the most disinterested attempt to establish this appearance. The writer more exposits instances where ISI individuals aided Lashkar, than analyzing how widespread the assistance is. It feels like a list of incitements -- and surely it's helpful that the author put it in chronological order for better reading -- but doesn't try to answer bigger questions. Of course it would be in Lashkar's interest to place agents inside the ISI. What I'm ultimately unconvinced of is that the entire organization is guilty of conspiracy: I'm not at all closed to that being a possibility, but this story hasn't provided the necessary analysis to lessen the skepticism I try to read with.
The general style also feels somewhat non-academic. With any situation of high secrecy like this, there are bound to be multiple versions of events, not just conflicting opinions like "the ISI instrumented the attacks" versus "the ISI was uninvolved and unaware".Read more ›
The best part is, unlike most popular and overly sensationalistic investigative journalism, Mr. Rotella's work (both the book and the documentary) has none of the hype, special effects, millions of dollars in media budget, or a ten day foreplay on the channel sponsoring the event to build up hype on a program that could've been summarized in two minutes. No, Mr. Rotella's work is the entire opposite. It's independent, donor-funded and directed towards public interest. It requires all the resources the former has, but the latter outdoes the former in terms of quality, importance and with the intent of informing everyone.
While this book reads like a sewn together set of stories that were written independently, for $0.99, it's a great price for the entire collection of his work on the subject. Also, as another reviewer here mentioned, it doesn't fully go into the background of all the players involved, it does give you just the right amount of information needed to understand how these things started, developed and manifested into what they ultimately became. Nonetheless, it's a great book. I loved every minute of reading it.
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Sebastian Rotella has written an extremely absorbing book..It is almost like a thriller and the depiction of the Mumbai attack is well
The book did not give any info about the attacks or how it was planned.All the info in the book was repettivePublished 15 months ago by khaled alqadhi
The intrigue within this story is truly fascinating. Buy it and read it. But one question that I wouldn't mind having quantified relates to this: According to the... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by P. T. Greene
The horrific terrorist attack on Mumbai was a watershed in India's encounters against terrorism. It brought out with brutal clarity the blase attitude of the police and security... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Randhir
The book just confirms we we Indians have known and believed for along time! The book is well researched and objective.Published on May 27, 2013 by Preetitakle
This is an interesting and informative short book. One issue is that the author constantly cites where his information is coming from, so it throws off the flow of the narrative,... Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Candace M. Tingen
Excellent reporting on the Mumbai attacks; factual and detailed. Leaves little doubt as to who was responsible for what in this international crime.Published on March 24, 2013 by bibliophile
I was hopping for a more detaiol of what actually happened with maybe more of the people who were envolvedPublished on March 16, 2013 by jj
This is an excellent report with some appalling insinuations about the CIA the FBI and Homeland Security which may be true. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Alice A, Carnes
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