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The author attempts to convey his story of a CIA officer and his interrogation of a highly placed member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and his coming around to the opinion that CIA has actually captured someone of much less importance than they think and the unsuccessful attempts to make headquarters see the error.
This might have made a very interesting book on interrogation and the relationship that evolves as well as giving insight to the Al-Qaeda mindset and modern interrogation techniques in general. However there is an enormous number of redaction's required of the author feels like about a hundred of them. They come fast and furious at the points in the story of most interest to the reader. At times the redactions seem to be done capriciously rather than to truly keep sensitive facts out of the public domain, a point that the author makes himself in several of the comments he makes on redacted passages.
The constant redactions leave the book nearly incoherent and are a constant jarring irritation that leaves the reader with a better understanding of the author's trip through the foreign lands he travels in than of the interrogation itself. I have sympathy for the author and his frustrations with CIA censorship, I feel he has done the best he can and the book he wanted to write would have been a good one, but I can not recommend this book to anyone in it's present form and regret having bought it.
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Would you listen to The Interrogator again? Why?
Excellent audiobook -- story and delivery.
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Any additional comments?
This was a most profound book. I learned a great deal of the type of individual doing this work and I was very proud of the stories.