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The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror Hardcover – March 28, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068611
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews: One of the best nonfiction books of 2011.

"Action-filled, richly detailed portrait of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its new guise--charged not just with solving crimes already committed, but now with preventing at least some of them...There's solid storytelling at work here--and quite a story to tell, too."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The Threat Matrix is...a well-told story and a reading pleasure."—The CIA journal Studies in Intelligence (September 2011)

About the Author

Garrett Graff is the editor-in-chief of The Washingtonian. He is the author of The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House (FSG, 2007) and the founding editor of the FishbowlDC.com, the first blog to cover the White House press briefings.

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This book provides excellent reference for the history of the FBI and recommend it to the interested reader.
Hawkeye
From the days of J. Edgar Hoover to the current FBI Director Mueller, Graff does an extensive job of chronicling the evolution of this government agency.
Dr. Wilson Trivino
Mr. Graff is in a sense "embedded" within the FBI, and he really tells the story to a certain extent from their perspective.
Bruce

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Animal Lover on April 26, 2011
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I, too, heard the NPR Diane Rehm interview with this author yesterday. I downloaded the sample and immediately started reading it. I just downloaded the book on my Kindle and can hardly put it down! I'm not a fan of nonfiction books, but this reads like a better-than Tom Clancy book. The memories of the Germany-hosted Olympics where the Israeli athletes were mowed down by Palestine terrorists and then the Southern Airlines terror of having to fly back and forth from USA to Cuba are fully described in the early chapters of The Threat Matrix. What an awakening to terror from the "gangsta" days of J.Edgar Hoover!! This book is going to fly off the shelves and into the Kindles when the accolades get out!
Thank you, Amazon, for making it immediately available!!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By GLS on March 15, 2011
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Great book--a total page-turner and incredibly illuminating about the secret war on terror and the secret wars within the US government and how they have shaped this global battle. I've read a lot of book--many excellent--about the war on terror and the rise of Al Qaeda, and this one adds lots of fascinating new details and some real shockers. And it reads like the best sort of thriller fiction: great characters, high stakes, lots of action. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. merrill on May 10, 2011
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I found this book to be a fascinating read into the entire history of the FBI. On the one hand, a lot of infighting from the people who protect us but on the other, a huge sense of gratitude and debt to those who have protected us from bank robbers, mafia bosses and crazy terrorists. If you are interested in how we really fight the bad buys I'd say it's definitely worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Charney on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Garrett Graff's "The Threat Matrix" is an awesome account of the FBI's transformation from reactive to proactive in the age of global terrorism. Well sourced with a wide array of documents, interviews and inside access, Graff has captured the essence of the world's finest law enforcement and domestic intelligence organization. Don't expect this book to be account-after-account of FBI success however. The author made great effort to represent the FBI as is; including the good and the not-so-good. He tells it like it is. But it's in this story that we get an insider's view of some of the things that contributed to the "not-so-good", and how far the FBI has transformed since 9/11. This is the thrilling account of a high-stakes game to beat the terrorists to the next attack. All while the FBI is still focusing on a plethora of other criminal and National Security threats. The Threat Matrix is more than a worth wile read about the FBI's last four decades. It's an exhilarating page-turner about an agency that has been notably absent from writings in the post-9/11 world. Graff is completely on target!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DKW on May 11, 2011
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This book is a real page-turner, with fascinating, behind-the-scenes accounts of the Lockerbie investigation, the interrogation of Saddam Hussein, the mafia wars, and much more. I hadn't realized how much international work the FBI does. And Graff does a great job of explaining how the FBI is often caught in the tension between citizens' sometimes conflicting demands for both privacy and security.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CuriousConsumer on April 26, 2011
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I heard Mr. Graff interviewed on The Diane Rehm Show Monday, April 25th at 11 am, was intrigued by the subject and by Mr. Graff's extensive knowledge thereof, picked up the book and am now,less than 24 hours later,over 100 pages into it, unwilling to put it down: it's very well written, detailed without being at all dull... and my spouse will swipe it unless I provide him his own copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 21, 2014
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Refreshing analysis of the modern FBI that looks at the organization's activities from multiple angles and gets away from simply relying on historical mistakes to label current efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawkeye on June 10, 2013
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This history of the FBI is very well written and researched with it forthcoming on the Bureau's 80th birthday, 17 June. The Nash incident in Kansas City , MO (KC Massacre) was used to justify anti-crime laws that professionalized The Bureau. The FBI story is told especially well in the "flash back vignettes" that exquisitely provides the background the reader requires to view the FBI legacy. The agency has expanded from 441 agents at that time to 13,500, now serving in 60 countries.

"This is the story of the world these men and others created, the precedents they set, and the cases they worked that together established the groundwork for how we combat terrorism and international crime today." I very much appreciated chapter one, 1972, which brought me back to what I witnessed but had forgotten.

The book is divided in three sections chronologically with personal stories that were interviewed by the author on many agents and officials of the FBI which produced a well organized story that provides much credit to the agency. This work appears to have not been sanctioned by the agency and the author was provided full cooperation to compose the material. I found the chapter on SCOTBOM fascinating as to how the FBI had matured to inter-actor with other international organizations to bring the Lockerbie bombers' to justice.

This book provides excellent reference for the history of the FBI and recommend it to the interested reader.
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