The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

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A viral Book The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed published The definitive account of the decade long pursuit and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the terrorist mastermind of 9 11Only 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 wThe definitive account of the decade long pursuit and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the terrorist mastermind of 9 11Only 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 jihadis and members of KSM s family and support network this is a heart pounding trip inside the dangerous, classified world of counterterrorism and espionage.. Bestseller Books The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed The Hunt for KSM gives us a chronological, detailed, and carefully researched account of the investigation into the characters that planned, financed, and executed the 9/11 attacks. McDermott and Meyer give us anecdotes, conversations, and small details that must have come from extensive interviews. The authors are quick to give credit to individual investigators and are not afraid to mention mistakes and lost opportunities when discussing earlier attempts to pinpoint the planners and actors in the terrorist attacks.For those of us who are not familiar with the main characters, geography or the politics of the region, the details can be confusing. Fortunately, the writers are careful to repeat the names and to make the story accessible and comprehensible to the lay person.The discussion differentiating the CIA and the FBI was particularly interesting as the authors explained why and how the CIA became the prime mover in the fight against terror. In the detailed description of the investigations, I learned that so many seemingly disparate events that were going on around me, whether in the Philippines or in the US, were significant. There are detailed accounts of KSM and his colleagues escapades in the Philippines - and the investigators' reconstruction of KSM's trail - that involve bar girls, an apartment in Greenhills, pretty dentists, and visits into the slums of Manila - that I personally found fascinating.Overall, The Hunt for KSM is an engrossing read. It teaches us about geopolitics and current events and gives us greater insight into the debate about torture, civil rights versus emergency measures and national security. Not all the US characters are heroes, but we certainly appreciate the dedication and sacrifices of the American and Pakistani investigators.ISBN-10: 0316186597 - Hardcover $27.99Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 26, 2012), 368 pages.Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
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  1. Terry McDermott is the author of Perfect Soldiers HarperCollins, 2005 , and 101 Theory Drive Pantheon, 2010 His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Pacific Magazine McDermott worked at eight newspapers for than thirty years, most recently for ten years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was a national correspondent.

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  1. The Hunt for KSM gives us a chronological, detailed, and carefully researched account of the investigation into the characters that planned, financed, and executed the 9 11 attacks McDermott and Meyer give us anecdotes, conversations, and small details that must have come from extensive interviews The authors are quick to give credit to individual investigators and are not afraid to mention mistakes and lost opportunities when discussing earlier attempts to pinpoint the planners and actors in th [...]


  2. I ve read only fragmentary accounts of the takedown of KSM Bergen, Tenet,Suskind, Risen, Rashid so I m glad I finally managed to read this The Hunt for KSM gives us a chronological, detailed, and carefully researched account of the investigation into the characters that planned, financed, and executed the 9 11 attacks McDermott and Meyer give us anecdotes, conversations, and small details that must have come from extensive interviews The authors are quick to give credit to individual investigato [...]


  3. Incredibly disappointing.I learnt almost nothing new from reading the book.I still have no idea about KSM I only seem to have learned about what kinds of beer his FBI investigators liked to drink, or what music they listened to when they were working out, and these kinds of details.The authors seem to take it as a given that Mohammad was a terrorist and that this label explains everything that he worked towards The book offers no real explanation of his behaviour, no sense of his inner life, and [...]


  4. philadelphiareviewofbooks If public discourse is any measure, as a nation we ve become comfortable with the idea that the national security apparatus is working To what extent it s working, is less agreed upon But fewer and fewer of us are disputing the contention that if the men and women who serve protecting our interests abroad and American lives at home were not doing what they re doing, we would all be considerably less safe This is not to say there are no voices of dissent In May, Harper s [...]


  5. Good bookMaybe because I am reading it a late stage all of the things seemed faster This book suffers from the same thing that most Western narratives suffer, lack of perspective of the other side Nevertheless, this is really good book and shows the folly of just throwing money at a problem.



  6. This book was extremely well written, in my opinion It drew me in with its narrative techniques but also provided a ton of real information about such a fascinating time period McDermott is a very talented writer and I will definitely read whatever he publishes next


  7. I won this book in a First Reads giveaways contest and I m glad I did This book is an exhaustive account for the search for KSM The book reads like a novel and I learned so many facts about the KSM search investigation The writers must have done hundreds or thousands of interviews and poured over countless reports in order to compile this book I applaud them for that The story is interesting and a fairly quick read if you are interested in learning about terrorism and our national security The s [...]


  8. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway This is an incredibly detailed narrative, from the United States intelligence viewpoint, of the investigation and eventual capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed What I most valued about the book were the insights into the FBI, CIA, and other intelligence teams which were involved in the manhunt and in the investigation of extremist Islam jihad movements and terrorism It was thrilling if saddening to be taken inside a world that not only didn t understand ter [...]


  9. It s refreshing to read an unbiased book on 9 11 that s about facts and not speculation McDermott and Meyer do a fine job of providing intricate details about government agencies while also telling the story of the human who make up those agencies People should know KSM as well as Osama bin Laden, but they also should know Frank Pellegrino, Matthew Besheer, Jennifer Keenan and other unsung heroes who tracked down some of the most dangerous terrorist in the world.But this book also shows plenty o [...]


  10. First, I m required to note that I won this book in First Reads giveaway Second, this was a great book Much in the same vein of Triple Agent , which I read a while ago, this is a very in depth look at Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9 11 attacks This book cataloged KSM s life, his education in the US, joining the fight in Afghanistan against the Soviets, and his subsequent activities efforts to terrorize America and Israel I don t think that I realized what a big deal this guy [...]


  11. I won this book for a Giveaway and was really happy to have won it I found this book exceedingly well researched and almost exhaustive in detail To read it is to submerse yourself in every detail of The Hunt for KSM, not just on the ground in uniform but from the very beginning of his prominence of a main objective in both FBI and CIA headquarters It s a multilayered and complex journey and I honestly salute the authors for going to such lengths to provide an objective and clear cut narrative to [...]


  12. Terrific followup to Perfect Soldiers It doesn t put you in the head of KSM like Peter Bergen s The Osama Bin Laden I Know did with bin Laden However it does give you a better understanding of the man behind 9 11 and how those attacks, though certainly the most devastating he devised, were just one of many that originated from KSM over than a decade of terrorist activity Interesting, too, to learn about his relationship with bin Laden and to find out about KSM s time as a college student in No [...]


  13. Great book Reads like a Tom Clancy novel Interesting insight on the 9 11 attacks, and how they may have been prevented Very intresting on how our government does and does not work Based on the point of view of the FBI I am guesing CIA team did not cooperate for the book as much as the FBI.


  14. Incredibly well done Solid research that is a total page turner and reads like a thriller A timely study that fills a big gap in scholarship and is totally recommended for any one who has an interest in following the KSM trials and piecing together the story of who is the man who masterminded the 9 11 plot.


  15. Everyone in America was affected in one way or another by the events of September 11, 2001 The details provided in this book about the background of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and how everything went down was very interesting to read This is something I am sure will be studied as a part of history classes throughout the rest of the future.


  16. Mind boggling inquiries The false belief that we had captured and imprisoned the mastermind behind 9 11 brings to question Al Qaeda s coming attacks and the hunt for it s next successor.


  17. Caveat I know one of the authors, so am a little biased However, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the inner workings of the intelligence world, or in geopolitics generally It s meticulously researched, informative and well paced.


  18. This was a very good book that I would recommend to anyone who would like the real story behind a REAL terrorist I am passing it around to all of my non fiction friends Thank you so much for the give away book


  19. Beginning is confusing with strange names of people and places but after a bit everything falls into place I learned a huge amount and cannot believe the amount of undercover work and dangers josh put himself in Definitely read


  20. The author does an excellent job of following the twists and turns in the multiple investigations that finally led to the capture of KSM He does an excellent job of getting into the minds of KSM s pursuers.


  21. I don t usually read non fiction, so it was different to start Once I started, i found the story very interesting and intriguing to learn all that happened wiht KSM and Al Qaeda.Recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of 9 11 and general jihad terror plots.


  22. This is a solid four star read The reason i gave it five, usually a rating i reserve for classics or outstanding books, is because it was written by my very first boyfriend josh Mushy, i know.









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