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The Black Banners

Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda

Ali Soufan



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01 October 2012
The Black Banners is the first insider's account of the shocking realities of counter-terrorism. During a decade on the front lines as the FBI's lead investigator into Al Qaeda, Ali Soufan thwarted plots around the world and won important confessions from terrorists - without so much as laying a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge. Soufan takes us into the interrogation rooms, and into the hideouts. He even gives us a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. This is a gripping blow-by-blow account of the ten-year hunt for the most dangerous and well-connected Islamist terrorists - some of whom are still at large.
By:   Ali Soufan
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   415g
ISBN:   9780241956168
ISBN 10:   0241956161
Publication Date:   01 October 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Reviews for The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda

In a new memoir, a former F.B.I. agent who tracked Al Qaeda before and after the Sept. 11 attacks paints a devastating picture of rivalry and dysfunction inside the government 's counterterrorism agencies. The book describes missed opportunities to defuse the 2001 plot, and argues that other attacks overseas might have been prevented, and Osama bin Laden found earlier, if interrogations had not been mismanaged. --Scott Shane

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