The Hunt for KSM

  • by Terry McDermott, Josh Meyer
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 would capture the actual mastermind of the attacks, the man behind bin Laden himself.
That monster is the man who got his hands dirty while Osama fled; the man who was responsible for setting up Al Qaeda's global networks, who personally identified and trained its terrorists, and who personally flew bomb parts on commercial airlines to test their invisibility. That man withstood waterboarding and years of other intense interrogations, not only denying Osama's whereabouts but making a literal game of the proceedings, after leading his pursuers across the globe and back. That man is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and he is still, to this day, the most significant Al Qaeda terrorist in captivity.
In The Hunt for KSM, Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer go deep inside the US government's dogged but flawed pursuit of this elusive and dangerous man. One pair of agents chased him through countless false leads and narrow escapes for five years before 9/11. And now, drawing on a decade of investigative reporting and unprecedented access to hundreds of key sources, many of whom have never spoken publicly - as well as jihadis and members of KSM's family and support network - this is a heart-pounding trip inside the dangerous, classified world of counterterrorism and espionage.


What the Critics Say

"The Hunt for KSM is an important book, detailing one of most secretive and fractured investigations of our time. Fabulous reporting and great storytelling make it one of the best thrillers I've ever read. That it is all true and such a gripping story just makes the accomplishment of McDermott and Meyer even more astounding. I couldn't put this one down and neither will you." (Michael Connelly)


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This is a very well written and researched book and well read.

My take away is that the Bush White House, by giving the lead on the investigation to the CIA (an intelligence gathering agency) and keeping the FBI (an investigative service) out of the loop really hurt the whole process.

The whole out-sourced "enhanced interrogation techniques" fiasco was worse than a waste of time.

In the end, maybe by accident, terrorism seems to have calmed down and the most important terrorists are either dead or in custody so I guess all's well that end's well.

Bottom line? Worth reading.
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True Crime Thriller

In The Hunt for KSM, Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer trace the hunt for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The man behind the international network bringing these attacks to our shores becomes real through their work. Along the way, McDermott and Meyer detail how the hunt unfolded and finally came to conclusion. Painful to read, the authors provide story telling that will keep the reader’s attention, details that will inform the public, and sobering anecdotes that reveal how the trail ran hot and cold. This is a page turner well worth the time. Readers interested in true crime, individuals concerned about terrorism, and citizens seeking to understand how this hunt unfolded will be rewarded for their time. McDermott is the author of Perfect Soldiers and 101 Theory Drive. Meyer formerly covered terrorism for the Los Angeles Times and is a Pulitzer Prize nominee. The reading of Peter Granim is a plus.
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- Lynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio