Not the easiest of reads,
This review is from: The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda (Hardcover)
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No, if you're looking to buy this book and reading this review, then obviously you aren't just looking for an easy read. Black banners has the potential to be a five star book, however the amount of redactions make it challenging to say the least. It is hard to follow roles etc with so much covered up - literally - the author writes from an extremely informed viewpoint, however, whilst the FBI have okayed it, the CIA have not and have actually blocked out huge amount of key info consequently making it a difficult read to follow.. It is well written and it never ceases to amaze to read about the dedication of the military, especially to one who has no experience of such things. Obviously the CIA don't come out smelling of roses here and so one can see why they would insist on so much of the text being concealed. It makes it more challenging to follow when you consider the number of 'characters' incorporated into his 'story'. However he does provide a list at the back.
Black banners basically follows the undercover work of the military with Al-qaeda and is set pre 9/11. It explores the methods used to obtain info and is a real eye opener for most civilians who go about their day to day lives in relative ignorance of any such activities.
To conclude, I would say that yes Black Banners has the potential to be a superb book, but due to the number and length of the redactions, I would probably recommend you wait and by the second or third edition, that hopefully, will have full CIA clearance.