How to Break a Terrorist The U. S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take down the Deadliest Man in Iraq

ISBN-10: 1416573151
ISBN-13: 9781416573159
Edition: 2008
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Description: In the wake of the torture scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the government has rushed to Iraq a new breed of interrogator. Matthew Alexander, a former criminal investigator and head of a crack interrogation team, tells the story of how he and  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In the wake of the torture scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the government has rushed to Iraq a new breed of interrogator. Matthew Alexander, a former criminal investigator and head of a crack interrogation team, tells the story of how he and his team used psychological warfare to track down Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The interrogator's job is simple: get the right information in a timely fashion. Finding Abu Musab Zarqawi had long been the US military's top priority--even trumping the search for Osama Bin Laden. No brutality was spared in trying to squeeze information from detainees. But when the Military brought in Matthew the exertions of Special Forces had yielded exactly nothing. So Matthew and his team decided to sit down and get to know their opponents. Who were these monsters so impervious to violence? Who were they fighting for? What were they trying to protect? The intelligence coup that enabled the June 7, 2006 air strike on Zarqawi's rural safe house northeast of Baghdad was the result of a painstaking and dramatic manhunt, but it was not the result of what Matthew calls "force on force" interactions. First featured in an Atlantic cover story by Mark Bowden, this is more of a true-crime or psychological suspense story than a war memoir.

John R. Bruning is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) and of House to House (with David Bellavia). He wrote dispatches from the field while embedded with an infantry unit in post-Katrina New Orleans, and received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense for an article he wrote while embedded with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s TF-Brawler in Afghanistan. He lives in Oregon.

Foreword
Prologue: The Golden Dome
The 'Gator Pit
The Skeleton
The Jovial Imam
Love of Family
The Convenient Car Bomb
The Burning House
Coming into Focus
Fractures
The Other Side of the House
The Group of Five
The Second Wife
A Life for Redemption
Preacher of Hate
The Blue BMW
The Devil's Choice
Going in Circles
Cat and Mouse
The Leader
Fault Lines
The Eyes of Fatima
The Return to the Other Side of the House
Terrorist Follies
The Media Man
A Visit from the Boss
A Slip
Dice Roll
A Single, Empty Hand
Six Hours
The Duel
A Chance for Unity
Treason
The Secret Deal
Stasis
The Unknown Imam
The Seventh of June
Epilogue: Killing the Hydra

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