On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier-when it was requested-the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda-without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge.
This narrative account of America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.
Advance praise for The Black Banners:
"Superb. An education. And the best book on al-Qaeda out there, bar none." -- Robert Baer, former CIA official and author of See No Evil, Sleeping with the Devil, and The Devil We Know.
"Unfortunately, we only have one Ali Soufan. Had American intelligence listened to him, 9/11 might never have happened. No one did more to unravel the story of al-Qaeda than Ali Soufan. Thankfully, he's left another legacy in this book. Anyone who wants to know what really happened should read it. It's an inspiring but wrenching story told from the heart of a great American." -- Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
Watch a recent Frontline special on the book here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-interrogator/
For other interviews and appearances, and for details on how to buy the book, please visit: http://theblackbanners.com/