Only minutes after United 175 plowed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower, people in positions of power correctly suspected who was behind the assault: Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. But it would be 18 months after September 11 before investigators would capture the actual mastermind of the attacks, the man behind bin Laden himself.
That monster is the man who got his hands dirty while Osama fled; the man who was responsible for setting up Al Qaeda’s global networks, who personally identified and trained its terrorists, and who personally flew bomb parts on commercial airlines to test their invisibility. That man withstood waterboarding and years of other intense interrogations, not only denying Osama’s whereabouts but making a literal game of the proceedings, after leading his pursuers across the globe and back. That man is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and he is still, to this day, the most significant Al Qaeda terrorist in captivity.
In THE HUNT FOR KSM, Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer go deep inside the US government’s dogged but flawed pursuit of this elusive and dangerous man. One pair of agents chased him through countless false leads and narrow escapes for five years before 9/11. And now, drawing on a decade of investigative reporting and unprecedented access to hundreds of key sources, many of whom have never spoken publicly-as well as jihadists and members of KSM’s family and support network-this is a heart-pounding trip inside the dangerous, classified world of counterterrorism and espionage.
This book was incredible! There was so much that we as Americans take for granted on a daily basis. And one is the amount of information that is disseminated to us through our news media outlets.
Then to read this book and see how much was actually left out of the news reports. Plus to see how much has gone on behind the scenes is truly remarkable.
I know that the majority of Americans will remember where they were when they first heard about the towers falling. It is a moment in history that will not be forgotten. This book takes us through the moments afterwards through to that capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. This was someone who I really hadn’t heard too much about until reading this book. So I truly never realized his importance in this entire plot.
I feel that this book is one that should be required reading in history class. As this will shed new light on many different things.
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