Hello all and happy summer! Today the wonderful Chloe is here from Wanderlust in the Midwest to let us know all about one of her favorite books! Check it out!
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I’m not a huge fiction reader, but non-fiction is often more thrilling. My favorite genres of literature are biographies and investigative journalism pieces, where there’s always a great story to tell. Of everything I’ve read, though, the book that sticks out to me the most is The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, by Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer.
The Hunt for KSM discusses how one of Al-Qaeda’s top members grew to power and worked with Osama bin Laden to craft the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history. The book follows two men, an FBI agent and a Port Authority official, and how they were tracking KSM even before the 2001 attacks. Similar to Zero Dark Thirty, the book focuses as much on the emotions and struggles of the main characters as it does on the events that took place. The reader really feels as if s/he were part of this team, working toward the common goal of finding KSM and other members of Al-Qaeda.
One of the most interesting anecdotes in this book is the story of Istaique Parker and Ramzi Yousef. Yousef masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planned various other acts of terrorism, and Parker was his accomplice. Over time, Parker disagrees more and more with Yousef’s actions, and eventually turns to the U.S. government with tips, leading to Yousef’s capture. The U.S. and Pakistan actually worked together on this arrest, which is a great show of international cooperation in the fight against terror.
If you like sensational books without the muckraking aspect, enjoy reading about politics and war, or are simply a history buff, you’ll love this book. It’s more action packed than most fiction books, anyway.
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Thanks so much Chloe! I don’t read much nonfiction so it’s exciting to hear about a different book like this!
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