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

ISBN-10: 0312675119

ISBN-13: 9780312675110

Edition: 2011

Authors: Mark Bowden, Matthew Alexander, John R. Bruning

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Finding Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, had long been the U.S. military's top prioritytrumping even the search for Osama bin Laden. No brutality was spared in trying to squeeze intelligence from Zarqawi's suspected associates. But these "force on force" techniques yielded exactly nothing, and, in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the military rushed a new breed of interrogator to Iraq. Matthew Alexander, a former criminal investigator and head of a handpicked interrogation team, gives us the first inside look at the U.S. military's attempt at more civilized interrogation techniquesand their astounding success.Matthew and his team decided to get to know their opponents. Who were these monsters? Who were they working for? Every day the "'gators" matched wits with a rogues' gallery of suspects brought in by Special Forces: egomaniacs, bloodthirsty adolescents, opportunistic stereo repairmen, Sunni clerics horrified by the sectarian bloodbath, al Qaeda fanatics, and good people in the wrong place at the wrong time.This account is an unputdownable thrillermore of a psychological suspense story than a war memoirand a reminder that we don't have to become our enemy to defeat him.
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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/19/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.49" wide x 8.26" long x 0.88" tall
Weight: 0.594

Mark Bowden Mark Bowden has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-one years and has won many national awards for his writing. He is the author of "Black Hawk Down," "Bringing the Heat," "Doctor Dealer" and, most recently, "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw." Bowden has also written for Talk, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Playboy, among others. The original series of articles which became "Black Hawk Down" earned him the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award, and made him a finalist for the NBA in nonfiction.

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.

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
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 Boll
A Single, Empty Hand
Six Hours
The Duel
A Chance for Unity
The Secret Deal
The Unknown Imam
The Seventh of June
Epilogue: Killing the Hydra
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