Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism

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Basic Books, 24 апр. 2009 г. - Всего страниц: 432
In this revelatory new account, national security historian Timothy Naftali relates the full back story of America's attempts to fight terrorism. On September 11, 2001, a long history of failures, missteps, and blind spots in our intelligence services came to a head, with tragic results. At the end of World War II, the OSS's "X-2" department had established a seamless system for countering the threats of die-hard Nazi terrorists. But those capabilities were soon forgotten, and it wasn't't until 1968, when Palestinian groups began a series of highly publicized airplane hijackings, that the U.S. began to take counterterrorism seriously. Naftali narrates the game of "catch-up" that various administrations and the CIA played -- with varying degrees of success -- from the Munich Games hostage-taking to the raft of terrorist incidents in the mid-1980s through the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and up to 9/11.In riveting detail, Naftali shows why holes in U.S. homeland security discovered by Vice President George H. W. Bush in 1986 were still a problem when his son became President, and why George W. Bush did little to fix them until it was too late. Naftali concludes that open, liberal democracies like the U.S. are incapable of effectively stopping terrorism. For anyone concerned about the future of America's security, this masterful history will be necessary -- and eye-opening -- reading.

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This booik could have been subtitled " How the US Failed." The author goes back to WWII days to show the lack of success in fighting terrorists. Perhaps had the author taken the story back to George ... Читать весь отзыв

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Other than Michael Scheuer's excellent three works on terrorism, this is an required, and much needed historical perspective on counter-terrorism. Naftali writes: "After years of studying the ... Читать весь отзыв


The Plot to Kill General Eisenhower
The Lessons of Munich 1972
Theres Very Little We Can Do
The Lull Before the Storm
False Start
Striking Back
The Silent Struggle

The New Terrorism
Clinton Versus bin Laden
George W Bush and bin Laden
Blind Spots and 911
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Timothy Naftali is Associate Professor and Director of the Presidential Recordings Program and Kremlin Decision-Making Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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