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2.0 out of 5 stars How to make a fascinating subject boring, August 10, 2005
This review is from: The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against al Qaeda (Hardcover)
I picked up this book because the subject seemed inherently fascinating, not to mention timely. Unfortunately, the compelling story of trying to glean real intelligence from prisoners in afghanistan, the vast majority of whom shared neither language nor culture with their American interrogators, under very spartan conditions, and the gradual blurring of the line between interrogation and abuse, was overwhelmed by the bad writing.

The book really illustrates more than anything the value of a good editor - and the danger in not having one. This comes through primarily in excessive length. The story could have been told in probably half the number of pages if all the boring, extraneous detail had been edited out.

Another sign of bad editing (or perhaps no editing) is the factual errors about geography. The authors don't seem to know the proper name or the province of origin for Muslims from the Chinese province of Xinjiang -- properly known as Uighers.

While there is the kernal of a very interesting story here, it gets lost in the bad writing. I would not recommend this book.
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