Jim Good's Reviews > How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq

How to Break a Terrorist by Matthew Alexander
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Dec 18, 2009

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bookshelves: history, non-fiction
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Book describes the post Abu Ghraib days of interigation in Iraq with the ultimate target being Musab Al Zarqawi the leader of Al Queda in Iraq. Matthew was a specialist in non-cohersive interrogation and was at odds with others favoring more direct methods. He used establishing individaul connections with the target to get more information faster. In some ways the book ios preachy in a I’m right, you’re wrong kind of way, but other items like the actual use of the information to track down and kill Zarqawi are facinating.

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