Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist
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Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist

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The electrifying true story of the pursuit for the man behind al Qaeda’s suicide bombing campaign in Iraq

Kill or Capture is a true-life thriller that tells the story of senior military interrogator Matthew Alexander’s adrenalinefilled, “outside the wire” pursuit of a notorious Syrian mass murderer named Zafar—the leader of al Qaeda in northern Iraq—a killer with the bloo...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 22nd 2011)
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Loved it. Not a difficult read. Short and nearly, if fiction and font smaller, could be classed as a novella I suppose..I don't know what they call short non fiction??
Fast paced. A great insight into placid interrogation methods as opposed to the more controversial aggressive interrogation/torture methods that has caused the U.S much trouble of late. I would read his other terrorist hunt book as this one was simple and enjoyable. I'd assume his other book would be too.
Those of us fortunate enough not to experience war can only really get a sense of war from the stories told by those who do. Without these voices, we might easily forget the real costs of these “conflicts”—conflicts that are so sanitized in our national rhetoric that we can easily forget that the war is real, that it is complicated and dangerous, and that it is fought by real people. This seems particularly true of Iraq and Afghanistan, wars that have gone on for so long, and that have required...more
Paul Myers
This was a fun, quick read. Matthew did a great job of dropping us into the middle of the day-to-day life of an in-the-field interrogator. When the call comes in "Stryker in ten minutes," you feel like you're along for the ride. Matthew avoids becoming overly political by book-ending what he feels are extremes by both administrations. The traditional cultural-relational approach to interrogation yields better results in Matthew's opinion than the water-boarding of one administration and the inab...more
Michael Garcia
I would recommend this book to a friend who likes the army or likes to know who the army would be like. This book showed good imagery, interrogation skills, and motif of fast working in dangerous conditions. At the beginning this book takes you to Iraq where you follow the author Matthew Alexander as he interrogate terrorist that have information about the leaders of the terrorist group. As Matthew Alexander gets moved up the ranks his interrogation skill are put to the test as he not has to mak...more
An experienced military interrogator describes his work in Iraq in 2006, and makes his case that torture and violent approaches are tragically destructive and ineffective--unlike softer, more respectful methods of questioning. Despite my conviction that it's one of the most poorly written books I've ever read--repetitive, wooden, self-righteous in tone and, wow, TWICE something "peaks" his interest (COPY EDITORS, WHERE WERE YOU?), the main point is one that really needs to be made, and heard.

Richard Fly
I think its well written and shows both sides oc your soldier those crazy fucks that just want to strangle a "towel head" and the people that are there because they are being the change they want to see in the world. I couldn't give it a 4 or 5 due to the way he talks himself up at times and seems to degrade some tactics in a less than what I would find open way.
The book was really interesting. I liked it a lot, it made you feel like you were apart of the task force. The gators taught you a few tricks on how to get information out of people without even having to touch them, it might help in the near future. In addition the author, Matthew Alexander had tons of details to vividly play the movie in your head. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in non-fictional war books. Particularly the war on terror in Iraq. You get to learn a few things...more
Although this book was very repetitive and simple to read it was still interesting and suspenseful. Ultimately the author is talking about his job and it was very repetitive. So if you are interested in learning about this interrogators job during the war in Iraq then don't hesitate to give it a read. I do find it interesting though that an organization run by George Soros helped the author with this book which does in my opinion give the book more of a political bias or motivation. But ultimate...more
A solid, though somewhat plodding recount of an interrogator's experiences in Iraq. I found the book somewhat repetitious: "... the sound of broken glass under my boot...", the introductory question sequence, the comments about the failed use of torture, and the calls to expand the interrogator's repertoire to include techniques from police questioning. The writing was functional - Matthew Alexander got the job done.
Mark Monsma
This is one incredible book. It doesn't read like the classic military history nonfiction, as it follows an interrogator and not a soldier. Matthew Alexander has another, similar book called "How to Break a Terrorist". I recommend this book to military history buffs, law enforcement personnel, or anyone interested in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brendan Mcnamara
Overall not bad. The topic is interesting and the writing was solid, but I don't think it was as good as "How to Break a Terrorist". The other book had more tension and this one came off a bit preachy at times. That said the author is solid, and I flew through this book.
Interesting account from Irag by an Air Force interrogator. Excellent portrayal of conducting this hellish and dangerous job in a humane fashion.

- noticed this on the new book shelf in the library.
Not quite as good as his first book, How To Break A Terrorist, but still a solid effort. I much prefer Alexander's crisp declarative prose to the usual wordy autobiographical meandering.
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I heard this guy on NPR and he was completely fascinating.
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