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Editorial Reviews

Biographer and political writer Ronald Kessler tackles the hot political topic of national security, analyzing the 9/11 attacks and explaining just how the nation is defeating its enemies. Narrator Alan Sklar offers a poignant and gripping reading through his terse, firm delivery. With a pitch-perfect, clear narration, Sklar's gritty tone brings an urgency to the work, his deep voice commanding the listener's attention from the very beginning. Sklar knows the material inside and out, particularly where to emphasize certain points. The result is a taut performance dealing with extremely sensitive material that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.
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Publisher's Summary

Although it has been over five years since the 9/11 attacks, Americans still do not have a clear sense of how our government is waging the war on terror. In The Terrorist Watch, best-selling author Ronald Kessler takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal exactly how our leaders, charged with protecting the American people, are stopping terrorists.In his New York Times best-sellers A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush and Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, Kessler gained unprecedented access to the Bush administration. Now he has combined that access with the extraordinary network of contacts he has developed in the intelligence community to provide a headline-making, myth-busting insider account of how the U.S. intelligence agencies, under the leadership of the Bush administration, have completely reinvented themselves to thwart terrorist activity wherever it occurs.Never before has a reporter gained such entry to the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the other agencies that are doing the real, unheralded work in spotting and capturing terrorists. By bringing listeners inside the key war rooms of the war on terror, from the Oval Office to the Pentagon, and from the CIA to the National Security Agency, Kessler destroys the common myths about our government's handling of the terrorist threat. Filled with news breaks, The Terrorist Watch will take listeners up to the minute by focusing not simply on the immediate aftermath of 9/11 but also on the more recent breakthroughs and successes, such as the thwarting of the 2006 London terrorist plot, as well as the discovery and breakup of terrorist cells in Canada. In The Terrorist Watch, the full story is told for the first time.
©2007 Ronald Kessler; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Ronald Kessler vividly tells the important story of the extraordinary efforts of those Americans who stand on guard protecting our nation in the war against Islamist extremism." (Senator Joseph Lieberman)
"Ron Kessler is unique in his ability and willingness to tell the unvarnished truth about what it will take to protect America from the next major terrorist attack. This is a book which every informed and responsible American should read." (Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center)
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By Wyatt on 11-25-07

Valuable information with Republican rantings

He presents very important information that Americans need to know. Appears to have good sources and his writing style kept my interest. He clearly presents information/ideas about why there hasn't been additional attacks, yet.

He spends too much time preaching against the media, particularly the "NY Times" and "The Washington Post". His criticisms have some merit. However, his long rants against the left, media, and opponents to some of the features of the Patriot Act belong in a speech by Dick Chaney, not in a piece of nonfiction that explains what has, and is being done to protect us from another attack.

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By George on 02-13-08

Honest , Gripping

This book is a must ! The information is clearly presented and deep into detail and facts . I was impressed with the detailed description of how the media has often harmed efforts to keep us secure .the sometime almost arrogant spin not always objective .I was particularly impressed with the comparisons of how the media had operated just a few decades ago and how they operate now Mr.Kessler provides us a vivid picture of how the war on terror is being and has been fought. Trust me he is persuasive enough to make one question our pre conceived notions . Most importantly to me is that Mr. Kessler respects the truth ! Chips fall where they may .one may not see the our media institutions like the NY Times in quite the same light as we once did .I am not naive nor am I an ideologue. I have no axe to grind. I have a deep and heartfelt passion for honesty in government and media alike, and I often feel we are being failed by both. Mr.Kessler has given much reason to be proud of both as well. I have heard many of these same issues put forward by devoted public servants . I do not wish to leave the impression that this book is an attack upon the media and our government it illuminates some of the problems .The book is about so much more .This is one of the finest works of journalism I have come upon in decades. it stands as a fine example of great in depth, interesting, thought provoking, and detailed journalism. There is so much here ! Mr.Kessler paints with a finely detailed brush .This is not a liberal nor a conservative book it is a book every American should read, and appreciate the sacrifice and hard work of those charged with the protection of our Country. It is at times frightful how politics and agendas creep into the mix ,or how simply we tend to view the war on terror .Please Read this book and next time some ignorant blowhard thinks that they have the answers or those who are dismissive of the threat You can take them to task based on the facts .Thank you

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