Superlative storytelling and crackling reportage define a pulse-pounding narrative tracing the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. ... A surprising, sobering look at one of the deadliest terror networks in history, and the American spy agencies charged with bringing it down.
"On one level, McDermott and Meyer have given us a fact-filled inside account, in the voices of those on the job, of the failed decade-long American effort to find KSM before he could strike again. But there is a most important underlying message in this book -- that the American intelligence community remains caught up in bureaucratic warfare and remains today incapable of working together...of sharing insights and information...even when all involved share the same goal. This, ultimately, is an account of an American tragedy." (Seymour M. Hersh of The New Yorker
"This chilling inside account of America's cat-and-mouse pursuit of perhaps the world's most heinous terrorist reads like a real-life episode of the show '24.' Political ineptitude has delayed KSM's trial, keeping him hidden from the world. But now two intrepid reporters tell the story, unmasking not just a terrorist of historic dimensions, but also a country failing to adequately grapple with the challenge." (Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side
"I couldn't put this book down, a tick tock thriller about catching 9/11's mastermind. In exquisite detail it tells a story of incompetence and failure, and ultimately brilliance and redemption. It shows how we failed, and how we finally succeeded after relearning the nuts and bolts of classic espionage." (Robert Baer, bestselling author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil
"Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer have written a completely authoritative account of the man who organized the 9/11 attacks and the often-bungled hunt to find him. The Hunt for KSM
deeply reported page-turner about the race to find the man who was the Chief
Operating Officer of Al-Qaeda." (Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War
"The Hunt for KSM
is an important book, detailing one of most secretive and fractured investigations of our time. Fabulous reporting and great storytelling make it one of the best thrillers I've ever read. That it is all true and such a gripping story just makes the accomplishment of McDermott and Meyer even more astounding. I couldn't put this one down and neither will you." (Michael Connelly
About the Author
Josh Meyer is the former chief terrorism reporter for The Los Angeles Times
and has reported on international terrorism for more than a decade. The "Inside Al Qaeda" series he worked on was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he has twice been part of teams that have won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting. Meyer is also a screenwriter and television producer, who co-created (with Michael Connelly), wrote and produced the network TV crime drama Level 9
. He currently is on the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism, where he is director of education and outreach for the school's groundbreaking National Security Journalism Initiative based in Washington, D.C.
Terry McDermott is the author of Perfect Soldiers
(HarperCollins, 2005), and 101 Theory Drive
(Pantheon, 2010). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wilson Quarterly, Columbia Journalism Review
, the Los Angeles Times Magazine
and Pacific Magazine
. McDermott worked at eight newspapers for more than thirty years, most recently for ten years at The Los Angeles Times
, where he was a national correspondent.