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The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

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The definitive account of the decade-long pursuit and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the terrorist mastermind of 9/11

Only minutes after United 175 plowed into the World Trade Center's South Tower, people in positions of power correctly suspected who was behind the assault: Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. But it would be 18 months after September 11 before investigators w
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gaby
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The Hunt for KSM gives us a chronological, detailed, and carefully researched account of the investigation into the characters that planned, financed, and executed the 9/11 attacks. McDermott and Meyer give us anecdotes, conversations, and small details that must have come from extensive interviews. The authors are quick to give credit to individual investigators and are not afraid to mention mistakes and lost opportunities when discussing earlier attempts to pinpoint the planners and actors in ...more
Jerome
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've read only fragmentary accounts of the takedown of KSM (Bergen, Tenet,Suskind, Risen, Rashid) so I'm glad I finally managed to read this.

"The Hunt for KSM" gives us a chronological, detailed, and carefully researched account of the investigation into the characters that planned, financed, and executed the 9/11 attacks. McDermott and Meyer give us anecdotes, conversations, and small details that must have come from extensive interviews. The authors are quick to give credit to individual inves
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Alex Linschoten
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Incredibly disappointing.

I learnt almost nothing new from reading the book.

I still have no idea about KSM. I only seem to have learned about what kinds of beer his FBI investigators liked to drink, or what music they listened to when they were working out, and these kinds of details.

The authors seem to take it as a given that Mohammad was a 'terrorist' and that this label explains everything that he worked towards. The book offers no real explanation of his behaviour, no sense of his inner life,
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Michael
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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If public discourse is any measure, as a nation we’ve become comfortable with the idea that the national security apparatus is working. To what extent it’s working, is less agreed upon. But fewer and fewer of us are disputing the contention that if the men and women who serve protecting our interests abroad and American lives at home were not doing what they’re doing, we would all be considerably less safe. This is not to say there are no voices of dissent
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Kayes Ahmed
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Maybe because I am reading it a late stage all of the things seemed faster. This book suffers from the same thing that most Western narratives suffer, lack of perspective of the other side. Nevertheless, this is really good book and shows the folly of just throwing money at a problem.
Caroline
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book was extremely well-written, in my opinion. It drew me in with its narrative techniques but also provided a ton of real information about such a fascinating time period. McDermott is a very talented writer and I will definitely read whatever he publishes next!
Keith Johnson
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaways contest and I'm glad I did. This book is an exhaustive account for the search for KSM. The book reads like a novel and I learned so many facts about the KSM search investigation. The writers must have done hundreds or thousands of interviews and poured over countless reports in order to compile this book. I applaud them for that. The story is interesting and a fairly quick read if you are interested in learning about terrorism and our national ...more
Natalya
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Natalya by: Goodreads First-Reads giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.

This is an incredibly detailed narrative, from the United States intelligence viewpoint, of the investigation and eventual capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. What I most valued about the book were the insights into the FBI, CIA, and other intelligence teams which were involved in the manhunt and in the investigation of extremist Islam jihad movements and terrorism. It was thrilling (if saddening) to be taken inside a world that not only didn't
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Gary Warth
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to read an unbiased book on 9/11 that's about facts and not speculation. McDermott and Meyer do a fine job of providing intricate details about government agencies while also telling the story of the human who make up those agencies. People should know KSM as well as Osama bin Laden, but they also should know Frank Pellegrino, Matthew Besheer, Jennifer Keenan and other unsung heroes who tracked down some of the most dangerous terrorist in the world.
But this book also shows plenty
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Mitchell
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First, I'm required to note that I won this book in Goodreads' First Reads giveaway. Second, this was a great book. Much in the same vein of "Triple Agent", which I read a while ago, this is a very in depth look at Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. This book cataloged KSM's life, his education in the US, joining the fight in Afghanistan against the Soviets, and his subsequent activities efforts to terrorize America and Israel. I don't think that I realized what a bi ...more
Chris
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Terrific followup to Perfect Soldiers. It doesn't put you in the head of KSM like Peter Bergen's The Osama Bin Laden I Know did with bin Laden. However it does give you a better understanding of the man behind 9/11 and how those attacks, though certainly the most devastating he devised, were just one of many that originated from KSM over more than a decade of terrorist activity. Interesting, too, to learn about his relationship with bin Laden and to find out more about KSM's time as a college st ...more
Rusty Fischer
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book for a Goodreads Giveaway and was really happy to have won it! I found this book exceedingly well-researched and almost exhaustive in detail. To read it is to submerse yourself in every detail of "The Hunt for KSM," not just on the ground in uniform but from the very beginning of his prominence of a main objective in both FBI and CIA headquarters. It's a multilayered and complex journey and I honestly salute the authors for going to such lengths to provide an objective and clear-c ...more
JennaMarie
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Everyone in America was affected in one way or another by the events of September 11, 2001. The details provided in this book about the background of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and how everything went down was very interesting to read. This is something I am sure will be studied as a part of history classes throughout the rest of the future.
Jenny.p
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9-11-books
Incredibly well done. Solid research that is a total page turner and reads like a thriller. A timely study that fills a big gap in scholarship and is totally recommended for any one who has an interest in following the KSM trials and piecing together the story of who is the man who masterminded the 9/11 plot.
Chris
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. Reads like a Tom Clancy novel. Interesting insight on the 9/11 attacks, and how they may have been prevented. Very intresting on how our government does and does not work. Based on the point of view of the FBI. I am guesing CIA team did not cooperate for the book as much as the FBI.
Paul
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't usually read non-fiction, so it was different to start. Once I started, i found the story very interesting and intriguing to learn all that happened wiht KSM and Al Qaeda.

Recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of 9/11 and general jihad terror plots.
Esequiel Contreras Jr
Mind boggling inquiries

The false belief that we had captured and imprisoned the mastermind behind 9/11 brings to question Al-Qaeda's coming attacks and the hunt for it's next successor.
Lmdmom
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beginning is confusing with strange names of people and places but after a bit everything falls into place. I learned a huge amount and cannot believe the amount of undercover work and dangers josh put himself in. Definitely read
Vince
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author does an excellent job of following the twists and turns in the multiple investigations that finally led to the capture of KSM. He does an excellent job of getting into the minds of KSM's pursuers.
Sewella
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Caveat: I know one of the authors, so am a little biased. However, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the inner workings of the intelligence world, or in geopolitics generally. It's meticulously researched, informative and well-paced.
Becky Stacho
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book that I would recommend to anyone who would like the real story behind a REAL terrorist. I am passing it around to all of my non-fiction friends. Thank you so much for the give-away book
Mike Thomas
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
"The Looming Tower" is better and doesn't have the LEFT bias these two seem to have. They have too much sympathy for the "bad guys" IMO.
Dana
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
3.5 stars
Malcolm
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Taught me about how dysfunctional our counter-terrorism efforts were after 9-11. Fairly interesting.
Tomdestefano
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok narrative of what I consider the most significant arrest of the war on terror. Could stand to be a little better researched.
Jennifer
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Being considered for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Chloe Logan
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK. If you are even remotely interested in counterterrorism, the FBI, or 9/11, this is a must-read.
Rena
Feb 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
I won this book from First Reads Giveaway. Waiting to read it when I receive it. Thanks.
A
Feb 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
Can't wait to read this!
Quincy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable journalism. best of all the terrorist take down books.
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Terry McDermott is the author of Perfect Soldiers (HarperCollins, 2005), and 101 Theory Drive (Pantheon, 2010). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Pacific Magazine. McDermott worked at eight newspapers for more than thirty years, most recently for ten years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was a national corres ...more