Excellent story about investigation and interrogation,
This review is from: The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is an interesting story, written by one of the FBI's top interrogators, covering the nearly 10 years he worked for the FBI investigation Al Qaeda. The book covers general information on Al Qaeda and various investigations into specific terrorist cases, in particular the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
Throughout the book he also makes the case for not using coercive interrogation techniques and, instead, using intelligence and psychology to produce genuine co-operation from detainees. He argues the case very well and shows that his interrogation style is better at producing results than coercive techniques and, in fact, coercive techniques can produce bad intelligence.
The timeline in the book shifts over the 10 years in which the book is set and at first the jumping around can be slightly confusing but in general it is done very well and does help add perspective to stories by adding information that was only found out at a later date.
The one problem with the book is the issue with the redacted sections, accounting for around 20-30 pages. Parts of the book are blacked out on the request of the CIA and while this is an annoyance it is not a major problem. Some of the details of interrogations have been removed and while you do feel you are missing out on interesting detail it does not spoil the overall impact of the book.