Counterstrike

The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker

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"Fast paced, gripping . . . [a] well written dive into the arcane world of counterterrorism over the past decade ." —Foreign Policy

 

In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of The New York Times take readers into a previously hidden theater of war, as U.S. ground troops, intelligence operatives, and top executive branch officials have fashioned effective new strategies to fight terrorism, in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that once characterized the U.S. government's public posture. They show how these innovative strategies, drawn from classic Cold War deterrence theory, were employed in the dramatic raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed, and in a new afterword the authors point to the ongoing challenges and successes facing America in the Middle East, in cyberspace, and at home.

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.

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COUNTERSTRIKE by Eric Schmitt, Tom ShankerKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of COUNTERSTRIKE The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against al Qaeda. Spectacular events such as Osama bin Laden's assassination make headlines, but this book makes a case that intelligence (both tactical and cerebral) leads the battle against international terrorism.
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Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker

ERIC SCHMITT is a terrorism correspondent for The New York Times, and has embedded with troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Pakistan. He has twice been a member of Times reporting teams that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

THOM SHANKER, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, routinely spends time embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was formerly a foreign editor and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, based in Moscow, Berlin, and Sarajevo.

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Counterstrike
The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda
Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250012197
ISBN10: 1250012198
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$16.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
August 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091038
ISBN10: 0805091033
5.5 x 9.25 inches, 336 pages
$27.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
August 2011
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ISBN: 9781429973106
ISBN10: 1429973102
336 pages
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