- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1st Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812244966
- ISBN-13: 978-0812244960
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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"This gripping narrative effectively conveys the breadth of the challenges confronted by counterterrorism analysis. Philip Mudd's perspective—that of someone who sought to understand the unintelligible—is a valuable addition to extant histories of 9/11 and what followed."—Richard H. Immerman, Temple University
"A riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the world of counterterrorism. Mudd has been at the heart of the chase for the world's most dangerous people and makes us feel we are there with him."—Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast/Newsweek
"Takedown is a must read for anyone who needs to understand terrorism, intelligence or the inner workings of the government's national security apparatus"—John Miller, Senior Correspondent at CBS News
"Philip Mudd is an intelligence officer whose analysis is rarely wrong, and a public servant whose moral compass is always right. Mudd has the unique ability to not only find meaning out of chaos, but also the ability to clearly pass on that information to the policy makers who need it."—George J. Tenet, Former Director of Central Intelligence
About the Author
Philip Mudd served as Deputy Director of the Counterterrorist Center at the Central Intelligence Agency and later as Deputy Director of the National Security Branch at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is an independent consultant and a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.
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Against the backdrop of post-9/11 uncertainty, ever-deepening pools of fuzzy data, and the most substantial changes in U.S. intelligence since 1947, Mudd crafts a clear yet nuanced narrative that traces the complex work of addressing the multilayered, ever-mutating problem of terrorism in an open, democratic society. The book takes readers from the 2001 Bonn Conference that installed the interim Karzai government in Afghanistan to daily threat triage sessions at CIA and FBI and inside the rooms where theory met practice, intelligence shaped policy, and the capabilities of would-be terrorists were probed apart from their intentions in an attempt to map blurry-edged conspiracies.
In addition to providing glimpses through his daily tactical window on the war on terrorism, Mudd discusses the foundational differences, both perceived and actual, between FBI and CIA at the dawn of a more intelligence-driven approach to federal law enforcement. Particularly insightful is his insight into the evolution of the threat management bureaucracy: beyond consolidation and expansion to the creation of mechanisms that leveled longstanding silos and enabled the rapid sharing of intelligence across agencies. Read this book to better understand not only the war on terrorism and the hunt for Al Qaeda but also the world’s most multifaceted intelligence enterprise and the relationship of intelligence to policy.
Little to no discussion of counterterrorism successes (and failures) except in the broadest sense. 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed was captured during Mudd's time in CTC yet there are only passing references to KSM and his importance. Next to nothing on enhanced interrogation techniques other than his knowledge of such programs resulted in problems with Congress after being nominated for Department of Homeland Security intelligence director.
For those interested in a more candid view of counterterrorism operations, Hard Measures by Phil Mudd's former boss Jose Rodriguez might be a better option.