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The Interrogator

The Interrogator

THE INTERROGATOR: An Education  By Glenn Carle

The confessions of a senior CIA operative who ran the interrogation of one of the highest profile Al Qa’ida captures in the last decade. Carle’s journey is a tale of international intrigue, deceit and betrayal—it is also an extraordinary and intimate portrait of our war on terror.


“Carle writes with great power…. By turns enlightening, disturbing, and funny, this is a must-read on the CIA and the War on Terror.”

Booklist, starred review

“Carle captures the spirit of the CIA – its bureaucracy, dedication, machismo – in a voice that manages to be descriptive, analytical, reflective, and philosophical in turn. Despite the CIA’s numerous redactions (the author notes that the CAPTUS story is even darker than he can say), the narrative raises pointed, timely, and important questions about the policies of the CIA and the U.S. government as they ramped up the global war on terror.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] thoroughly documented insider’s view of illegal activities undertaken on the ‘dark side’ of the global war on terror…. Firsthand knowledge of what many have already suspected about the American intelligence community’s methods.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This fascinating insider narrative of GWOT is one of the best assessments I have ever read on the major discrepancy between the jihadi challenge and the US response.”

— Gilles Kepel, Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; author of Beyond Terror and Martydom: The Future of the Middle East

“Glenn Carle’s The Interrogator is a remarkable memoir – for its searing personal honesty, for its portrait of the amoral secret bureaucracy of the CIA, and most of all for its revelation of how a decent American became part of a process that we can only call torture.”

— David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Body of Lies

“Glenn Carle writes with great verve and lyricism about a decidedly unlyrical moment in the history of the U.S. intelligence community; the decision after 9/11 to take the gloves off when it came to the detention and interrogation of al Qaeda suspects. As Carle witnesses, the U.S. government’s assumptions about how important those suspects were was sometimes way off base, while their treatment at the hands of American officials often did not measure up to the high ethical standards the United States wishes to uphold as a country. Carle tells the story from inside the CIA’s ‘war on terror’ and he does it with great honesty and realism; he has the eye of the novelist and the analytical skills of the senior CIA officer he was. That makes The Interrogator an engrossing read, and also an important book.”

— Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda

Glenn Carle is featured today in a front page New York Times story headlined, “Ex-Spy Alleges Effort to Discredit Bush Critic.”

Our book is referred to in the article as coming out next month, but isn’t mentioned by name.

The article is attached or you can read it online here:

Wired News:

 Detroit Free Press:


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