The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda By Ali Soufan

The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

By Ali Soufan

  • Release Date: 2011-09-12
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 259 Ratings


A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.

On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge.

This narrative account of America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.


  • Mr. Soufan

    By Kirsten alese
    All I can say sir, is thank you for your service. Well done, well done indeed.
  • Amazing read

    By ZeroContact
    We need 100 more Ali Soufan's working for our government!
  • Not sure

    By Husband of Asian
    A lot of interesting information, and the author makes a good point. It is too bad the thoughts in this book are so scattered and the writing is very choppy. Almost as if the book was written in a big rush and sent to print without much evaluation.
  • Great and very detailed

    By jongot
    Ali Soufans interrogations go beyond what we might think is typical for a interrogation of a terrorist. His details on understanding the mindset of terrorists is great.
  • Great book

    By Aguarich
    A wealth of information on the years leading up to 9/11.
  • Facinating

    By Jamesdood
    Very interesting book, the take against EID interrogation is telling and helps to show the breakdown of communication between agencies after 9/11. The redactions are frustrating, but still the overall message comes through, that intelligence and perseverance are the means to defeating a global terrorist threat.
  • The Black Banners

    By LoboCarsonTeaff
    Great read. Lots of truth and insight about not just 9/11 but years leading up to it.