The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against al-Qaeda

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Freedman, Ali H. Soufan

Narrated By: Neil Shah

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: November 2011

Duration: 19 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.

On September 12, 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.

'Superb. An education. And the best book on al-Qaeda out there, bar none.''Robert Baer, former CIA official and New York Times bestselling author

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  • Charles Wilson

    I found it boring and difficult to follow due to the names of the characters. I can only keep track of so many Abdul's and Achmed's before they all sound like the same person. Very early into the book it became difficult to delineate who was doing, or had done, what.