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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fascinating, though heavy, reading. Did the redactions totally spoil it? Not IMHO., 21 July 2012
This review is from: The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda (Hardcover)
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This is kind of heavy reading, told by an experienced interrogator, from his own true experiences. It is a little heavy on 'me, my, I' in places, but this does not detract from what is a fascinating read.

The cover tells you most of what this tale is about, and it rings true, even to someone like me, who's never been into this sort of stuff, other than what's reported on the news. Yes, the redactions were expected, but did they really spoil the tale? Only a bit. If you're reading this out of choice, then intelligence does have to come into it, and so, it's a given that many parts would be suppressed. I'm not sure that these will ever see the light of day, even in later editions. I mean, with what the US has had to contend with, after training a certain late terrorist, who later used that training to turn on them, it's a no-brainer that we'd only see the 'safe' stuff.

Overall, a great read, by someone who maintained his integrity, despite the difficulties of his role.
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