The Black Banners by Ali Soufan
The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

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The most surprising element of former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan's memoir, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda, is how receptive terrorists are to food.
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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.
 

About Ali Soufan

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Ali H. Soufan, a former FBI special agent, served on the front lines against al-Qaeda and gained an international reputation as a top counterterrorism operative and interrogator. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in books, newspaper articles, and documentaries around the globe.
 
Published September 12, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 599 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, War, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
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Soufan provides a sobering, sometimes maddening view from the front lines.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Dina Temple-Raston on Oct 28 2011

The book goes behind the scenes of some of the most important terrorism interrogations since 9/11, and it paints a devastating picture of the rivalry between the FBI and the CIA’s counterterrorism units.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Petrou on Nov 17 2011

Soufan’s book is most illuminating for the light it shines on America’s interrogation program, and the painfully consequential lack of information sharing between the FBI and the CIA.

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Mother Jones

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Serwer on Oct 04 2011

The most surprising element of former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan's memoir, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda, is how receptive terrorists are to food.

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