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In the 1990s, FBI counterterrorism expert John O'Neill was widely regarded as one of the government's foremost authorities on Mideastern politics and terrorism; he was also a prominent fixture at Manhattan nightlife hot spots like Elaine's. He spent nearly a decade investigating the bombings orchestrated by religious extremists, recognizing Osama bin Laden as a threat long before other federal authorities did. But O'Neill died in another bin Laden attack shortly after leaving the FBI, just a few weeks into a new job as security chief at the World Trade Center. Weiss, as criminal justice reporter for the New York Post, knew O'Neill as a valued source, but from the story he presents, it's unclear how well anybody-even those closest to him-really knew O'Neill, a man described by friends as "on the run from himself" his entire adult life. It wasn't until after his death, for example, that his three girlfriends learned about one another-and that he was still legally bound to the wife he said he had divorced. The biography acknowledges his complicated relationships without lingering over details, putting them in the context of a lifelong need for admiration and approval both personally and professionally. Weiss handles the terrorism angle with slightly less subtlety, asserting that the Clinton administration was distracted from the issue by endless scandal and suggesting that if the rest of the government had investigated it with O'Neill's tenacity, September 11 might have been avoided. But the political overtones never get in the way of this portrait of a dynamic yet enigmatic crusader who was as human as he was heroic.
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Murray Weiss, an award-winning investigative journalist and author, is the Criminal Justice Editor at the NEW YORK POST. During more than three decades with the POST and the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, he has written extensively on law enforcement, organized crime, terrorism, criminal justice, and politics. He has appeared frequently on radio and television, including "Larry King Live" and "The O'Reilly Factor" and is co-author of PALM BEACH BABYLON. He lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
a lot of ppl don't know this book but more ppl should read it and learn who he was and how the fbi diddn't allow him to do his job...the maverickPublished 4 months ago by Maibeth Knott
Well done. Second reading of this book. Even better second time around. John was a dear friend and a great American. Miss him.Published on August 17, 2013 by J. Sayer
This is a very interesting, if not discouraging, story about people who try to do the right thing for our country.Published on January 18, 2012 by the Oracle
I loved this book. Im famous for starting a book and putting it down and moving on to something else. Not this one! Great true story!Published on April 30, 2010 by Ronald J. Mattioli
"The Man Who Warned America" is a generally excellent accounting of the life and death of John P. O'Neill, a dedicated patriot with an unseemly and secretive personal life. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Robert I. Hedges
the book joined together the life of an imperfect man with the struggles of an imperfect world. John O'Neill served his country with a valor and attention to duty in the likes of... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Robert Mcdowell
This book was absolutely fascinating. A great read about our intelligence community and the lives of people who work to collect it, centering on John P. O'Neill. Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by Moondoggie
The book is not news to anyone who reads any New York newspapers. It is a cut and paste job from ON's drinking buddy. Better reporting done by author Peter Lance. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by cv60