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The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Hardcover – March 26, 2012
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About the Author
Josh Meyer is the former chief terrorism reporter for The Los Angeles Times and has reported on international terrorism for more than a decade. The "Inside Al Qaeda" series he worked on was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he has twice been part of teams that have won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting. Meyer is also a screenwriter and television producer, who co-created (with Michael Connelly), wrote and produced the network TV crime drama Level 9. He currently is on the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism, where he is director of education and outreach for the school's groundbreaking National Security Journalism Initiative based in Washington, D.C.
Terry McDermott is the author of Perfect Soldiers (HarperCollins, 2005), and 101 Theory Drive (Pantheon, 2010). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wilson Quarterly, Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Pacific Magazine. McDermott worked at eight newspapers for more than thirty years, most recently for ten years at The Los Angeles Times, where he was a national correspondent.
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While providing a high level of detail, Meyer and McDermott also make the individuals carrying out this search very real to the reader. There's character development. There are many peeks behind the curtain of bureaucracy.
I will admit that personal bias (full disclosure - Josh Meyer is my cousin) caused me to buy the book; that bias didn't extend to reading something so far out of my normal interests cover to cover. I was engrossed from page one. I couldn't put the book down. Be forewarned - you won't be able to put it down either!
To those readers that are looking for an exciting page turner, The Hunt for KSM is a must read.
Writing Quality: A+. The lasting impression of the book that I have is how well it moves. The topic is a serious one, but this reads like a great adventure novel or a movie script. The authors clearly have a deep knowledge of the topic. This is not unusual in nonfiction, of course, but the difference here is that this experience and knowledge base gave the authors the freedom to show the reader incredibly complex and important topics like Al Qaeda's place in the larger web of militant terrorist organizations, rather than just tell us about it like it was a set of research results.
Relevance: A-. With the government just announcing that it will finally try KSM, this book seems very relevant. The trial should cause us to reengage on topics like: how to fight and investigate terrorist networks, how should the FBI and CIA work - both separately and together, and civil liberties questions like how far can interrogators go to get information from terrorists. This book doesn't pretend to give us any answers. What it does is help the reader get in the minds of the actors that animate each of these topics, which seems like a prerequisite to even pretend to start answering these questions. The only reason I give it an A- in this category is that unfortunately, many of these questions were raised years ago. But KSM's trial should be an opportunity to reengage on such topics.
Overall: A. Ultimately, this is just a great read. You'll finish it in days and will be better informed for it!