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Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - and the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture: The Inside Story of the ... by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture Hardcover – 13 Feb 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006171447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061714474
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone has seen the footage: a heavily bearded Saddam Hussein blinking under the bright lights of infantry cameras, dazed to find himself in U.S. Army custody. Yet while the breaking news was broadcast around the world, the story of the remarkable events leading up to that moment on December 13, 2003 has never before been fully told. Mission: Black List #1 offers the full, behind-the-scenes account of the search for Saddam Hussein, as related by the Army interrogator whose individual courage and sheer determination made the capture possible. In July of 2003, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was deployed to Baghdad alongside intelligence analysts and fellow interrogators. Their assignment was clear: gather actionable intelligence - leads that could be used to launch raids on High Value Targets within the insurgency. But, as Maddox recounts, hunting for the hidden links in the terrorist network would require bold and untested tactics, and the ability to never lose sight of the target, often hiding in plain sight. After months of chasing down leads, following hunches and interrogating literally hundreds of detainees, Sergeant Maddox uncovered crucial details about the insurgency.

In his final days in Iraq he closed in on the dictator's inner circle and, within hours of his departure from the country, pinpointed the precise location of Saddam's Tikrit spider hole. Maddox's candid and compelling narrative reveals the logic behind the unique interrogation process he developed, and provides an insider's look at his psychologically subtle, non-violent methods. The result is a gripping, moment-by-moment account of the historic mission that brought down Black List #1.


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This true story takes you into the heart of Iraq and gives you an amazing insight into the mind of the incredible man that was literally the reason that Saddam Hussein was captured and gives a unique insight into Saddam's regime. I initially found the Iraqi names a little confusing to follow but soon settled into the easy to read style that captures interest from start to finish. Eric's story is fascinating, with lots of twists and turns and captures a key moment in our history. I'd recommend this book to anyone and look forward to watching the film released in 2015 with Rob Pattinson playing Eric Maddox.
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By P. Rowe on 17 Feb. 2013
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I've only read the first few chapters but am really enjoying it. I started to read it as I'm looking forward to the film they are going to make this year and thought a bit of background reading might be interesting. I had feared it would be dull but not at all. The author, writing from personal experience brings a warm humanity to the story and his descriptions of people, places and feelings conjure a real sense of being there.
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By Mrs Brenda Coxall on 19 April 2013
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I got this on my kindle but because I can only see in black and white (the pictures) also I am reading it for book club so I ordered the book as it is easier to go back to chapters and also the pictures are in colour. But a brilliant read
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Real events brought to life on the page. What an amazing brain Eric Maddox has. A must read for those that are looking forward to the movie too.
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By Mayflower on 16 April 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book and having read it makes me look forward to the film which I know is being made in tribute to the author
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