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Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Sebastian Rotella
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The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai offer a rare picture of the ties between Pakistan’s intelligence service and the militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba. The trail of two key figures, an accused Pakistani mastermind and his American operative, traces the rise of a complex, international threat.

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Based on sworn testimony, interrogation reports, and official sources from the United States, India, Pakistan, France, Britain, Australia, and Israel, Sebastian Rotella and the ProPublica newsroom present a compelling new look at the people, relationships, and events that led to the gruesome 2008 terror attack on Mumbai. If you've never heard of Lashkar-i-Taiba, chances are, you will. The organization behind the attacks was long treated as "merely" a threat to India, though the case for the group's international ambitions and its relationship to Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have become nearly impossible to ignore. For shear cloak-and-dagger value alone, this extended piece of journalism offers a gripping read (no less so due to the part played by one particularly surprising conspirator, an American named David Coleman Headley), but its being regrettably true only raises the stakes. So what? In the words of Charles Faddis, a retired CIA chief of regional counterterrorism operations, "It's a classic problem in the U.S. intelligence community: failing to anticipate new threats and focusing completely on the one that already hit us." --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ProPublica; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JU0QIS
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Gripping, Informative February 1, 2011
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The Mumbai terrorist attacks that occurred on 26th of November 2008 have often been characterized as India's own version of "9/11" attacks. The brazenness of the attacks, the high level of planning and organization that went into them, and the tragic loss of over 160 lives shocked India and the entire World. From the very outset of the attacks it was clear that they originated in Pakistan. In subsequent years many of the details of the planning phases of the attacks had become clear, but there is still a lot that remains unclear. In particular, the exact nature of involvement (if any) of the Pakistani intelligence services has not been publicly clarified. It is the aim of this brief "Kindle single" to shed some more light on those connection based on the best available evidence.

Based on the testimony of one surviving attacker and several other sources it became clear very early on in the investigation that the group responsible for the attacks was Lashkar-i-Taiba, a Pakistani militant Islamist organization. The organization was probably formed or supported by the Pakistani secret service (ISI) as a covert organization that mostly operated inside Kashmir and Afghanistan. The man who was in charge of Lashkar goes by the name Sajid Mir, although it is not certain that is his real name. He masterminded the attacks and through cell phones was in direct control of the events as they enfolded. He had given direct orders for the assassination of several civilians that had been held hostage, and the details of those executions are chilling. Since the attacks Mir has been implicated in several other plots against Western targets, which have thankfully been foiled. Nonetheless, to this day Mir remains at large.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written account of the Mumbai attacks January 31, 2011
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I just recently purchased a Kindle 3 and was eager to jump in and read a good story. I came across this and after getting hooked on the free sample, I downloaded the full text. At 99 cents and 38 pages, it's a no brainer. I really enjoyed how much detail the author went into and the way he presented his facts.

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. :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Like Lifted (Kindle Single), this is a wonderful piece of journalistic storytelling that's a perfect use of the Kindle Singles format. If you're interested in investigative journalism and the light it can shed on stories you think you know something about, this is a must-buy.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch February 12, 2011
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For a short report this does pack a lot of punch and understandably this sticks to facts and very little in terms of either any significant historical backdrop as well as any inferences. The report retraces the planning and execution of the audacious Mumbai attacks on 26/11/2008 by a Lashkar e Tayyiba unit. Thanks to the arrest of David Headley who was a part of the planning team as well as the capture of an attacker, a lot of characters step out of the shadows. The kingpin behind all of this was Sajid Mir who planned and executed the entire mission with dollops of help from the Pakistani Intelligence. Ten gunmen attacked and held hostage the city of Mumbai for 3 days with the world attention riveted on a shocked Indian governments response. The attack largely put paid to years of rapprochement between the Indian and Pakistani government. The report covers the duplicity that the ISI engages in while dealing with the US government, modalities of training that the gunmen used and sketches of the personalities that were key to the planning. Its a sobering tale of an ideology shaped by hate that has the potential of triggering a nuclear war in the near future
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but incomplete February 6, 2011
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This is a good, informative narrative of the Mumbai attacks, except for one glaring omission, the Indian angle. But for a single reference to the number of Indian victims, the narrative is totally silent on that aspect, leading one to mistakenly conclude that American Jewish Rabbis were the only victims. Granted that this is targeted at American audience but even then the omission makes it incomplete. Imagine a book on 9-11 attacks, focusing entirely on, let us say, the 4 Uruguayan victims (I`m making it up). If you set aside that, then this is certainly well-compiled, informative, gripping short-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mumbai Terror March 14, 2011
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Excellent article that is well written about the Mumbai terror attacks of Nov 2008. The author lays out in great detail all the facts behind this vicious act of terrorism. Quick and fast read...well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible story December 7, 2012
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I had a chance to watch Mr. Rotella's documentary, The Perfect Terrorist, directed by Tom Jennings, funded by ProPublica and aired on Frontline (gotta give credit to them all), and I was blown away at how amazingly networked this entire event was. I then looked online for other sources and found this and it amazed me how incredibly great Mr. Rotella is at what he does. His work (namely, this Single) speaks volumes for his value of investigative journalism.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost like a thriller..
Sebastian Rotella has written an extremely absorbing book..It is almost like a thriller and the depiction of the Mumbai attack is well
Published 5 days ago by Shashi Shekhar Dash
1.0 out of 5 stars The book did not give any info about the attacks ...
The book did not give any info about the attacks or how it was planned.All the info in the book was repettive
Published 7 months ago by khaled alqadhi
5.0 out of 5 stars One question I wouldn't mind having quantified...
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 more
Published 16 months ago by P. T. Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Randhir
5.0 out of 5 stars So very true!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick interesting read
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 more
Published on May 9, 2013 by Candace M. Tingen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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
3.0 out of 5 stars rating
I was hopping for a more detaiol of what actually happened with maybe more of the people who were envolved
Published on March 16, 2013 by jj
3.0 out of 5 stars Rotella reports fairly but not fully.
This is an excellent report with some appalling insinuations about the CIA the FBI and Homeland Security which may be true. Read more
Published on January 31, 2013 by Alice A, Carnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and enlightening
I found this book to be an eye-opening account of events leading up to attacks in Mumbai and the author provided information on a significant terrorist group the likes of which I... Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by T. Dudley
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Sebastian Rotella is an award-winning author, foreign correspondent and investigative journalist. His first novel, Triple Crossing, was named favorite debut crime novel and favorite action thriller of 2011 by the New York Times Sunday Book Review. His second novel, The Convert's Song, was published in December, 2014. He is also the author of Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (1998), which was named a New York Times Notable book. He has written two e-books: Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory and Justice in Guatemala (2012) and Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story (2011.) Since 2010, he has been a senior reporter based in Washington, D.C. for ProPublica, an investigative newsroom dedicated to journalism in the public interest. He previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires and as correspondent at the Mexican border. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2006. His work from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia has won honors including a Peabody Award; Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Award and Dart award for coverage of Latin America; the German Marshall Fund's Weitz Prize for excellence on reporting on European affairs; five awards from the Overseas Press Club and five awards from the Inter American Press Association; and the Urbino Press Award of Italy. He was correspondent and narrator for "A Perfect Terrorist," a television documentary on Frontline PBS that received an Emmy nomination. His reporting from the Mexican border inspired two songs on Bruce Springsteen's album The Ghost of Tom Joad in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and studied at the University of Barcelona. He speaks Spanish, French and Italian. He was born in Chicago.

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