Book Recommedation: “How to Break A Terrorist”

“How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq”

-Fascinating, quick read. Several lines are blacked out by the defense dept.

Alexander, a pseudonymous air force officer, and writer Bruning (House to House), collaborate to tell the stranger-than-fiction “story of the intelligence operation that located and ultimately killed Abu Musab Al Zarqawi,” the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq. An “Air Force investigator turned interrogator,” Alexander was trained in the post-Abu Ghraib interrogation techniques that replace “fear and control” with “respect, rapport, hope, cunning and deception.” He arrived in Iraq in March 2006, a month after al-Qaeda bombed the Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra in an effort to incite sectarian violence, and Zarqawi became “the most wanted man in Iraq” and the primary focus of U.S. intelligence efforts. Using the new methods, Alexander interrogated five captured al-Qaeda members and tracked down Zarqawi’s personal spiritual adviser, who unwittingly led U.S. Special Forces to Zarqawi’s hideout; this vindicated Alexander’s methods and eliminated the key terrorist leader. Alexander provides a front-row seat to the intelligence war inside the “Global War on Terrorism” in a riveting, fast-paced account that reads like a first-rate thriller. –Publisher’s Weekly, August 11, 2008

“[T]his is an excellent account of a high-profile victory in the often-hidden intelligence war that is at the heart of the U.S. effort in Iraq…. It is generally agreed that the Global War on Terrorism is first and foremost an intelligence war. Alexander’s story offers us an absorbing behind-the=scenes look at the secret intelligence war within a war.” —


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