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"one of the most valuable and detailed accounts of its subject to appear in the past decade." -- The Economist
"an absorbing account of America's fightback after 9/11, full of revealing or amusing details ... cheering as well as fascinating, because it reveals the dedication of those who defend us, as well as the weird frailties of those who try to kill us." -- The Sunday Times
“Most Americans first heard of FBI agent Ali H. Soufan in the spring of 2009. That’s when he testified from behind a black curtain in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing room …The testimony was explosive … Now Soufan has fired another salvo … detailed descriptions of what unfolded behind the closed doors of the world’s interrogation rooms …Soufan’s story provides a new and important window on America’s battle with al-Qaeda.” --Washington Post
“To those inside the U.S. government Soufan has long been something of a legend. He conducted the most effective and fruitful interrogations of Al Qaeda suspects during the war on terrorism, and save for some inexplicable failures by the CIA, he and his team might well have prevented 9/11. Soufan has since left the FBI and written a gripping account of his experiences, brimming with details about Al Qaeda and its historical development.” -- Harpers Magazine
"It is packed with facts that rarely, if ever, have appeared in the media; and it is written in an anecdotal style reminiscent of a Tom Clancy espionage thriller that is easy and enjoyable to read." - Middle East Policy Council
"Superb. An education. And the best book on al Qaeda out there, bar none." - Robert Baer, former CIA official and author of See No Evil, Sleeping with the Devil, and The Devil We Know.
"Unfortunately, we only have one Ali Soufan. Had American intelligence listened to him, 9/11 might never have happened. No one did more to unravel the story of al-Qaeda than Ali Soufan. Thankfully, he's left another legacy in this book. Anyone who wants to know what really happened should read it. It's an inspiring but wrenching story told from the heart of a great American." - Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Beware! This book has been heavily redacted. In many cases, not a single line of text remains on the page -- in most other cases, just as one is being drawn into the account, the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Claudia K
I have a massive platonic respect-crush on Ali Soufan after reading his quietly remarkable book. Before reading this, I understood him to be a highly respected FBI agent who was an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grey Area 51
I tried really hard to like this book and I also tried really hard to understand it. Maybe I'm just not smart enough, I don't know. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hoobeedoo
I understood why he wrote it (to set the record straight) but I thought it was longer than it needed to be. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SamDelro
Confusing book, rambles and has a lot of redactions. Reads like a list of notes jotted down and does very little analysis or stating of conclusions, still worthwhile for what it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wayne
Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in al Qaeda, 9/11, the African embassy and Cole bombings. A lot of information to digest but well written and engaging.Published 4 months ago by Alfred J. LiVecchi