• by Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker
  • Narrated by George K. Wilson
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the years following the 9/11 attacks, the United States waged a "war on terror" that sought to defeat Al Qaeda through brute force. But it soon became clear that this strategy was not working, and by 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a new way.
In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of the New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government's public posture. Adapting themes from classic Cold War deterrence theory, these strategists have expanded the field of battle in order to disrupt jihadist networks in ever more creative ways.
Schmitt and Shanker take listeners deep into this theater of war, as ground troops, intelligence operatives, and top executive-branch officials have worked together to redefine and restrict the geography available for Al Qaeda to operate in. They also show how these new counterterrorism strategies, adopted under George W. Bush and expanded under Barack Obama, were successfully employed in planning and carrying out the dramatic May 2011 raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed.
Filled with startling revelations about how our national security is being managed, Counterstrike will change the way Americans think about the ongoing struggle with violent radical extremism.


What the Critics Say

"Should appeal to anyone who wants to understand the parameters of the ongoing fight against terrorism." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Listen to the sample before buying

Seems like a great book. Listen to the sample before deciding to purchase. I could not make it past the first chapter, before taking off my headphones. The narrator is only a single notch above the automated voice on the overhead at an airport. I think I will be reading the hardcopy. I have bought over 20 books on Audible and have never had this problem before. Again listen to the sample.
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- Scott

Good but not great

I was put off from trying this by some of the other reviewers, particularly their views of the narrator. Personally I did not find him to be bad. I have certainly heard better, but I had no trouble finishing this book. The writing was repetitive in places and the book dragged in places. I am glad I listened to it, but couldn't help thinking that a well edited abridged version would have been more enjoyable. In any case, if you want to understand what is going on in the war on terror, you need to read (listen to) this book.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio