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Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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More About the Author
Following his retirement from the FBI he became a Senior Vice President with Control Risks, an international risk consultancy, and most recently spent five and a half years working a kidnap case involving three American defense contractors taken hostage by the FARC in Colombia, South America. He continues to do kidnap management consulting work for Control Risks part-time.
He has three grown children and resides in Virginia with his wife Carol.
For additional information go to www.garynoesner.com
Top Customer Reviews
What was most startling to me was that until very recently in human history--a few decades ago--we didn't know.
The more I learned, the hungrier I got to learn more. How interesting that so much of it amounts to listening.
I had previously learned a great deal about hostage negotiators researching my book COLUMBINE. (The head of the FBI investigation in that case, Dr. Dwayne Fuselier, was a leading negotiator and I spent a great deal of time with him.) Fuselier spoke very highly of Gary Noesner, so I was curious.
I expected to skim through much it, but found myself hanging on every word. There is a great deal to learn here, and it was just as interesting to watch the story of how difficult it was to teach the FBI these ideas. Individuals picked them up rather easily, but making the institution embrace them was a bigger challenge.
My biggest surprise, though, was what a natural storyteller Noesner turned out to be. He has the easy style and readability of a lifelong novelist. It was a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable read.
I found the book to be interesting, action-packed, and as much of a page-turner as the most exciting suspense novel. While these aren't funny situations being described, the author did manage to insert some humor when appropriate. I learned a lot about the negotiation process, what can go wrong, and how the use of force can often make a dangerous situation even worse. I found the book to be very enlightening and was sorry to see it end. I could have continued reading more of the author's descriptions and insights from his FBI experiences. While not a "how-to" book for negotiations, there are some lessons from the book that can be applied to business or in one's personal life. For example, allow others to save face and keep their dignity when resolving a conflict, don't let your own pride get in the way of a solution, and finally know when to be more forceful and when to back off. I highly recommend this exciting and thought-provoking book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author references his experiences as an FBI negotiator with an "insider's" perspective on events ranging from Waco, Ruby Ridge, and the Montana Freemen to investigation into... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Medley
This is a very well written book with some very interesting stories. I hope that I will never face any of the scenarios that Gary was involved in. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Longmore
This is a very important book. There are many tips and ideas for how to effectively negotiate that I highlighted. What I found to be most valuable are two things: 1. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pam Golden
This was a fascinating and rather moving book. The clear respect for human life, the intelligent approach to tactics, and the horrifying impact Waco had on the negotiators were all... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Grey Area 51
Excellent, but dated, insight into crisis negotiation in Pre-Columbine days, written by someone who was there. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mike Howard
A real page turner, and a fascinating reminder that truth is stranger than fiction.Published 8 months ago by Derek Pead
Excellent book. Interesting, entertaining, and he tells it like it is. Definitely worth reading!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer