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“This haunted, powerful book may well be the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published."
Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson
“Glenn Carle's book The Interrogator is a disturbing tale of the extremes to which the Bush administration was prepared to go in its Global War on Terror. Faceless bureaucrats sacrificed the core values that made the United States a great country, while ignoring the counsel of experts on the ground. This is a damning story and a nation of laws would demand an investigation into whether crimes were committed. We fear that we are no longer that nation…”
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
“In The Interrogator, Glenn Carle has done more than simply lift a part of the curtain behind which are lurking despicable men such as John Yoo and Douglas Feith, he has turned the stage lights on those who stand out front and continue to receive rave reviews from the rabid right wing, men such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. But most of all, Carle’s moving and emotional story—in spite of CIA redactions to the text—has exposed us all, from the CIA officers who turned a blind eye, to the cabinet members who should have known better, to the American people themselves because they allowed such people to corrupt our nation. I know; I was one of them.”
John H. Hedley, former Chairman of CIA’s Publications Review Board
“Glenn Carle shares his personal experience and soul-searching reflection on rendition, detention, and interrogation in the Global War on Terrorism. It is a cathartic effort that recounts an intensely emotional journey. Carle weighs what he sees as the corrosive effect of this experience on him, his Agency, and his country. Ultimately the detainee interrogated may not have suffered most; perhaps it was the interrogator himself.”
Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda
“Glenn Carle writes with great verve and lyricism about a decidedly unlyrical moment in the history of the U.S. intelligence community; the decision after 9/11 to take the gloves off when it cane to the detention and interrogation of al Qaeda suspects. As Carle witnesses, the U.S. government’s assumptions about how important those suspects were was sometimes way off base, while their treatment at the hands of American officials often did not measure up to the high ethical standards the United States wishes to uphold as a country. Carle tells the story from inside the CIA’s “war on terror” and he does it with great honesty and realism; he has the eye of the novelist and the analytical skills of the senior CIA officer he was. That makes “The Interrogator” an engrossing read, and also an important book.”
David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Body of Lies
Glenn Carle’s "The Interrogator" is a remarkable memoir--for its searing personal honesty, for its portrait of the amoral secret bureaucracy of the CIA, and most of all for its revelation of how a decent American became part of a process that we can only call torture."
Gilles Kepel, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Paris, author of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East
"This fascinating insider narrative of GWOT is one of the best assessments I have ever read on the major discrepancy between the jihadi challenge and the US response."
Glenn l. Carle was a member of the CIA’s Clandestine Service for twenty-three years and retired in March 2007 as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats. He lives in Washington, DC.
I am giving this book five stars because of the seriousness and timeliness of the topic and the author's courage in grappling with it publicly. It recounts Mr. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Seoigheach
Mr. Carle seems as though he has an axe to grind occasionally. Despite that, this was an interesting read showing the transformation from wide-eyed idealist to someone who's eyes... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Christi Yoder
This is probably a three star book, it is too general, and key sections are blacked out. However it is clear that this is the fault of an overzealous censor, the authors... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bakunin
It seems the only editorial hand in this wandering, self-serving justification for his participation in the CIA rendition program was the CIA itself, if the snotty toned author is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christina Fairbank
Book quality was fine, the read was kinda....so-so. Not what I expected.
Overall I'd give the book a 6/10 .
This is a book that reveal the truth about the war on terror and the fears of the american societey.
I would I like to know better the real life of the narrator.
There is no one more qualified to tell the story of CIA interrogations of accused terrorists than an interrogator. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Beck
It is a very interesting story. Sometimes too repetitive and too long, but very informative. Unfortunately a very sad documentationPublished 16 months ago by Thea Pypers
Great story with lots of inside stories - but the CIA has censored too much of the text to make the book really enjoyable.Published 17 months ago by Di Murphy