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The Interrogator's War: Breaking Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan Paperback – 25 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; New edition edition (25 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719566207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719566202
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extensive, colourful and important book, showing us at first hand the secret mind-war that lies at the heart of the fight against Al-Qaeda (The Sunday Times)

A fascinating and important book (Sunday Telegraph)

A vivid, gritty look at the pressures and compromises attendant on this unconventional war (starred Publishers Weekly)

Fascinating study of the interrogator's art...a nicely balanced, insightful work...all told with pace and precision....It is an excoriating verdict on the intelligence capabilities of the world's sole superpower (Evening Standard)

The most powerful thriller-like passages of an impressive book reconstruct specific mental duels with terrorist suspects. (Guardian)

Sincere and convincing. (Financial Times)

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New in paperback,a timely contribution to the debate engulfing the US military about whether ends can justify means.

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This is a substantive (478 pg) volume that details a US interrogator's time in Afghanistan shortly after the US-led invasion. I found it quite interesting - it follows the author through his training in US military facilities through his subsequent career in US military intelligence and into his deployment to Afghanistan.

One of the real take-away points I got from this was just how strongly and effectively an interrogator can apply pressure to a suspect without breaching the Geneva Conventions.

This is not a 'how to..' book on interrogation, nor is it a detailed observers account of interrogation as an entity, the history of interrogation or US units it is one man's account of his own experiences from his perspective over his career.

However it is intended to be very educational, this guy is no Andy McNab, he presents a full explanation of a number of 'case studies' that he personally handled in an operational context and outlines the tactics and procedures that US military intelligence uses.

PS - there's no waterboarding before you ask.
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