Enemies Within by Matt Apuzzo
Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America

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The merit of the authors' assiduous reporting is often undercut by their intemperate and politically tendentious rhetoric...One doubts whether New Yorkers, grateful not to have suffered a second terrorist attack, would agree. Such claims are, in any case, an injustice to New York's Finest.
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Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations—a breathtaking race to stop a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.

In Enemies Within, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman “reveal how New York really works” (James Risen, author of State of War) and lay bare the complex and often contradictory state of counterterrorism and intelligence in America through the pursuit of Najibullah Zazi, a terrorist bomber who trained under one of bin Laden’s most trusted deputies. Zazi and his co-conspirators represented America’s greatest fear: a terrorist cell operating inside America.

This real-life spy story—uncovered in previously unpublished secret NYPD documents and interviews with intelligence sources—shows that while many of our counterterrorism programs are more invasive than ever, they are often counterproductive at best.

After 9/11, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated an audacious plan for the Big Apple: dispatch a vast network of plainclothes officers and paid informants—called “rakers” and “mosque crawlers”—into Muslim neighborhoods to infiltrate religious communities and eavesdrop on college campuses. Police amassed data on innocent people, often for their religious and political beliefs. But when it mattered most, these strategies failed to identify the most imminent threats.

In Enemies Within, Appuzo and Goldman tackle the tough questions about the measures that we take to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats. They take you inside America’s sprawling counterterrorism machine while it operates at full throttle. They reveal what works, what doesn’t, and what Americans have unknowingly given up. “Did the Snowden leaks trouble you? You ain’t seen nothing yet” (Dan Bigman, Forbes editor).
 

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Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman are investigative reporters for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. They shared in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on the New York Police Department's clandestine spying program targeting American Muslims. Together, Apuzzo and Goldman have uncovered the location of a CIA prison, revealed widespread cheating on FBI exams, and showed how the CIA's haphazard disciplinary system resulted in promotions for officers who kidnapped and killed the wrong people. They have shared the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a George Polk Award, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents' Association. Apuzzo has covered organized crime, corruption, and law enforcement in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington. Goldman has covered crime and government for newspapers in Virginia and Alabama. He reported from Las Vegas and New York for the AP.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Touchstone. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by TARA McKELVEY on Oct 11 2013

“Enemies Within” breaks ground in its reporting, but the definitive account of the city’s extraordinary and controversial counterterrorism program, one that lays out its importance as well as its problems, has yet to be written.

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Reviewed by Viv Young on Jan 07 2014

Mr Apuzzo and Mr Goldman’s first book is an absolute winner. With an engaging, light touch, it walks us through the shady corridors of the NYPD, the FBI, and the CIA as they frantically try to prevent another Al-Qaeda attack on New York City.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Gabriel Schoenfeld on Sep 04 2013

The merit of the authors' assiduous reporting is often undercut by their intemperate and politically tendentious rhetoric...One doubts whether New Yorkers, grateful not to have suffered a second terrorist attack, would agree. Such claims are, in any case, an injustice to New York's Finest.

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Reviewed by Bob Drogin on Oct 25 2013

In "Enemies Within," they have expanded that seminal work and woven it with a police procedural on the Zazi case. It's an uneven mashup, but it's worth the effort.

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