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How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq Paperback – 19 Jul 2011


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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin (19 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312675119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312675110
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]his is an excellent account of a high-profile victory in the often-hidden intelligence war that is at the heart of the U.S. effort in Iraq.... It is generally agreed that the Global War on Terrorism is first and foremost an intelligence war. Alexander's story offers us an absorbing behind-the=scenes look at the secret intelligence war within a war." -- www.military.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F Smith on 14 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was one of the most engrossing books I've ever read. I picked up this book one evening and read it in one go. The author cleverly outlines the tension between those who advocate 'new' and 'friendly' interrogation techniques and those who prefer traditional technqiues of establishing control and dominance over the prisoner. The book is also a fantastic read for anybody who is interested in understanding more about why people join networks like Al Qaeda as well as the internal conflict in Iraq between sunnis and shias.

Whilst fascinating, this book is also a sad reminder as to why the war in Iraq simply cannot be 'won' in the foreseeable future. This book reminds readers of the extent to which innocent civilians are often caught up in the carnage of war.

I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael mortimer on 2 April 2013
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Fascinating and at times gripping. Very well written. Makes one fear that the catastrophe of Iraq may have been even worse, if not for those few with the depth, courage and intelligence to foster a wiser path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Howlett VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2009
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This book reads like a mysetery novel, it's really compelling stuff. There's a fairly small cast of characters, and we follow the author and his team as they interrogate some key suspects to find out which of them is Mr Big, and where Mr Really Big is hiding. It's a fascinating insight. The author clearly has more insight into Iraq and Islam than many people, although he doesn't seem to really acknowledge that it was the American decision to invade Iraq that kicked everything off. Still, if you ignore that and take the book for what it is, you'll really enjoy it. I couldn't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thewordisavid on 9 Feb. 2013
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Whether you're interested in psychology, politics, or the way that humans interact under pressure, this is a fascinating read.

Debates on "enhanced interrogation" belong elsewhere - this shows how it is possible to elicit information by understanding people.
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