The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 9.34 X 1.57 inches | 2.1 pounds

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About the Author
Ali Soufan, a former FBI special agent and the lead investigator on some of the world's?most complex international terrorism cases, gained an?international reputation as a top counterterrorism operative. He is the chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group, founder of The Soufan Center, and has been featured in books, films, television series, newspaper articles, and documentaries across the globe.
Daniel Freedman has been crafting cartoons and short stories since he was in elementary school, later expanding his creative pursuits to poetry, song-writing, and playing guitar. His band had a music video premiere on Much, a Canadian pop-culture TV program. A graduate of Carleton University, Freedman continues to write, DJ, play guitar, and produce music. Trench is his first novel.
A devastating picture of rivalry and dysfunction inside the government's counterterrorism agencies.--Scott Shane
An absorbing account of America's fight back after 9/ reveals the dedication of those who defend us, as well as the weird frailties of those who try to kill us.
One of the most valuable and detailed accounts of its subject to appear in the past decade.
Most Americans first heard of FBI agent Ali H. Soufan in the spring of 2009. That's when he testified from behind a black curtain in the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing room...The testimony was explosive...Now Soufan has fired another salvo...detailed descriptions of what unfolded behind the closed doors of the world's interrogation rooms...Soufan's story provides a new and important window on America's battle with al-Qaeda.--Dina Temple-Raston
To those inside the U.S. government Soufan has long been something of a legend. He conducted the most effective and fruitful interrogations of Al Qaeda suspects during the war on terrorism, and save for some inexplicable failures by the CIA, he and his team might well have prevented 9/11. Soufan has since left the FBI and written a gripping account of his experiences, brimming with details about Al Qaeda and its historical development.
Superb. An education. And the best book on al Qaeda out there, bar none.--Robert Baer, former CIA official, author of See No Evil, Sleeping with the Devil, and The Devil We Know
Unfortunately, we only have one Ali Soufan. Had American intelligence listened to him, 9/11 might never have happened. No one did more to unravel the story of al-Qaeda than Ali Soufan. Thankfully, he's left another legacy in this book. Anyone who wants to know what really happened should read it. It's an inspiring but wrenching story told from the heart of a great American.--Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11