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This review is from: How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq (Hardcover)
The book "How to Break a Terrorist" at times read like a novel, but in the same breath at times was slow. I did enjoy some of the exchanges between the accused and the interrogators as so much has changed from a few years ago. Assuming most interrogators now employ these methods, the reader will feel the cultural change from Old School techniques of physical violence and threats we read about 5-8 years ago to the New School of Relationship Building and Building of Trust.
I did enjoy how the book set up some of the "Al-Qaeda" men being interrogated as human beings and not brutal terrorists. This helps put a more realistic face to the problems that need to be resolved and how to solve some deep routed problems. This was an opportunity Bush and his interrogators missed out on around 2001-05 to get after some problems and work toward stronger communication and overall resolution, instead of stating the infamous Axis of Evil. War was inevitable (and ultimately needed?), but more work and positive images could have taken place at the local level to encourage non Al-Qaeda citizens in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Read to get some good insight on the mindset of the people our troops are facing and use the book to open your mind on handling negotiations or disciplinary situations. The book could have been more riveting and even more background given, but omissions are needed to protect our country and the people still involved with interrogations.