The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda
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A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.
On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge.
This narrative account of America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.
The Black Banners
Great read. Lots of truth and insight about not just 9/11 but years leading up to it.
Very interesting book, the take against EID interrogation is telling and helps to show the breakdown of communication between agencies after 9/11. The redactions are frustrating, but still the overall message comes through, that intelligence and perseverance are the means to defeating a global terrorist threat.
A wealth of information on the years leading up to 9/11.
- Category: United States
- Published: Sep 12, 2011
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W. W. Norton
- Print Length: 608 Pages
- Language: English