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Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations—a breathtaking race to stop a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.

In Enemies Within, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman “reveal how New York really works” (James Risen, author of State of War) and lay bare the complex and often
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Atria Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Jack Newsham
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman weave together a thrilling narrative in the way that only savvy journalists who really know their beats could do. Using court records, internal FBI and NYPD documents, and interviews with current and former officials — a surprising number of them named, on the record — this book builds on the reporters’ investigative series into NYPD Intelligence’s super-secret “Demographics Unit,” a force of hundreds of cops and paid informants who spent years in the aftermath of 9/ ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrorism, police
Enemies Within-Inside the NYPD’s secret spying unit & Bin Laden’s final plot against America is a interesting look at the police departments use of intelligence gathering & how it pertains to catching a terrorist. Some of these techniques were explicitly banned at times during the last hundred years and some have been recycled with some of the same disaterous effects for which they were banned in the first place. What freedoms do we give up in order to be safe? I’m not sure. But alienating commu ...more
Jon Moeller
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Read like a joint FBI and ACLU hit piece against the NYPD. A great number of factual inaccuracies and half-truths. You would think that Pulitzer prize winners would get basic facts and full thoughts across without trying to shape a dialog for a disengeuniness agenda. The book read like closing arguments of a criminal trial to influence, shape and spoon feed an ignorant audience.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I came across this book through a strange circumstance. The brother of Adam Apuzzo was our contractor for a bathroom remodel, and in the course of talking to him, he mentioned his brother, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, had co-written a bok about one aspect of the aftermath of 9-11. He was it was pretty interesting, and I said I’d read it, without having tooo many any expectations.

To my surprise, it was fascinating. Apuzzo and Goldman interweave the activities of the New York
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
If there's one thing that's clear after reading this book, it's that the United States is pretty bad at spying. A lot of it is understandable from a certain perspective. After 9/11, the NYPD, along with the FBI, the CIA and the NSA were given a mandate never to let such a thing happen again. That mandate, however, didn't come with the training or the knowhow to do it.

The NYPD, which had been previously tasked with tracking down different kinds of criminal enterprises, decided to begin collectin
Paul Pessolano
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
“Enemies Within” by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, published by Touchstone Books.

Category – History Publication Date – September 03, 2013

This is an investigative report by two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. It is a report on intelligence gathering in the New York Police Department after 9/11.

It is a story of how the Police Department was able to carry out questionable investigative tactics that were approved by law. A report that dovetails these investigative tactics is the story of 3 young
Walker Lamond
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enemies Within reads like a great thriller, all the more exciting because it is true! THe whole book played out like an action movie, and I couldn't put it down. I followed this story as the authors broke it in their Pulitzer winning investigative series for the AP, so I was expecting the book to be more or less a retelling of those shorter pieces with maybe a few more juicy anecdotes and unnamed sources thrown in. But this book is so much more. The narrative is exciting and suspenseful, and the ...more
Kit Fox
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inter-agency beefs, bugged places of worship, would-be jihadists, all that and more. The authors' drawing light on the lengths the NYPD's spy department has gone to in the name of keeping the city safe is pretty damn freaky. And they make the point repeatedly that all this failed to stop the would-be jihadists in question--there are several instances when folks from the FBI or the CIA say, "Wow, all this data you've collected is pretty involved. How many cases have you made out of it?" and the N ...more
Brad Lucht
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The authors cannot seem to make up their mind what kind of book this was to be. On the one hand, in the early part of the book they seem to glorify the NYPD and their illegal monitoring of ALL Muslims. In the second half of the book they finally start to exhibit just the slightest doubt regarding the unaccountability of the leader of the surveillance unit, whose sole justification seems to be that New York hasn't been the target of a terrorist attack since the unit was formed. Well, I drink oran ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book includes a real life terror plot, the NYPD's intelligence department, profiling, what I would consider to be rights violations, and the changing nature of what has been allowed after 9/11. Fascinating book.

I would recommend listening to a sample to see if it is disagreeable to you if you are considering the audiobook. There are a lot of breath noises. I found it very distracting, but I think it partially depends on how you are listening to it and how high your threshold is for that ki
Dennis Fischman
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The authors use the story of Najibullah Zazi's plot to attack NY to indict the NYPD Intelligence Division for arrogance, incompetence, refusal to share information with the rest of the department (let alone the FBI), and violating the rights of Muslim American citizens without even getting any results.

It's a good read, but I have to wonder about the authors' bias. The FBI infiltrated churches during the civil rights and nuclear freeze movements. It strains belief that they're not ding the same t
Jason Dotson
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The FBI answers to the Department of Justice. Who does the NYPD answer to? Apparently, no one. This work is brings to light the highly unorthodox and likely illegal methods the NYPD "Demographic Unit" utilized in the years following 9/11 to gather and analyze terror threats. It's faced paced, informative but will leave you wanting more.
Mark "Lefty" Holencik
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
Surprised me. Never thought that I would get all the way through. It was interesting to see the work that goes into these investigations. Was not that surprised at how the government does not have to provide a value for the services it provides.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had to read this book for work purposes. It reads very quickly, like a criminal thriller but other than that the writing was not that great. Their newspaper articles which the book was based on are much more well-written.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing details and focus on personalities. There is so much research that it's head-spinning. The amount of arrogance and waste is startling and inexcusable. Well done sirs.
Nov 05, 2013 marked it as could-did-not-finish
The so simple...they don't understand complex sentences...
highlights one case while talking through the history of the somewhat covert NYPD intelligence unit
Dec 04, 2014 added it
Read for class, fall 2014.
Alex Linschoten
Interesting story. Somewhat engagingly told, although too long for what it was. Also, because of how it was written, it was difficult to be sure of how the account was sourced.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent job of investigative reporting. I usually have to work to get through this type of non-fiction, but this one kept me reading.
Gabriel Schoenfeld
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Tendentious. Takes the evidence where it doesn't go. A missed opportunity since the subject is important and interesting.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading. Amazing non-cooperation between NYPD and CIA during a very crucial time.
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