The Convenient Terrorist

  • by John Kiriakou, Joseph Hickman
  • Narrated by Eric Martin
  • 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A startling spotlight on the darkest corners of America's "War on Terror," where nothing is quite what it seems.
The Convenient Terrorist is the definitive inside account of the capture, torture, and detention of Abu Zubaydah, the first "high-value target" captured by the CIA after 9/11. But was Abu Zubaydah, who is still being indefinitely held by the United States under shadowy circumstances, the blue-ribbon capture that the Bush White House claimed he was? Authors John Kiriakou, who led the capture of Zubaydah, and Joseph Hickman, who took custody of him at Guantanamo, draw a far more complex and intriguing portrait of the al-Qaeda "mastermind" who became a symbol of torture and the "dark side" of US security. From a one-time American collaborator to a poster boy for waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah became a "convenient terrorist"—a way for US authorities to sell their "War on Terror" to the American people.


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This is such a riveting tale of recent history, one that I have some personal experience with. Anyone interested in the insight into the GWOT should read this.
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This is pretty messed up

What made the experience of listening to The Convenient Terrorist the most enjoyable?

Good narration. I think that if I had read this rather than listened to it, it would've taken me a bit longer to read through everything. Eric Martin was good!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer who was the lead in arresting Abu Zubaydah and later went to jail for revealing information like this. Joseph Hickman is a former Guantanamo guard. Both of them coming forward in defense of this guy is pretty eye-opening and it's scary that nothing (as of yet) has been done to fix this. It's scary that it most likely continues to happen.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2017
  • Publisher: Novel Audio