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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael A. Sheehan, David Drummond Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Written by a man who is arguably the country’s most authoritative voice on counterterrorism, Crush the Cell demolishes, with simple logic, the edifice of false “terror punditry” that has been laid, brick by brick, since 9/11. A veteran of special ops, international diplomacy, and bruising clashes with federal law enforcement agencies, Michael Sheehan delivers in this book a two-part message: first, that we’ve wasted—and are continuing to waste—billions of dollars on the wrong protective measures, and second, that knowing the bad guys’ next move is paramount.

Somewhere in America, Sheehan maintains, are a number of terrorist cells, their members’ heads filled with schemes of mayhem and destruction. Motivated not, as some believe, by feelings of disenfranchisement, disdain for freedom, or economic envy but by a compelling ideological hatred, these individuals plot not just terror but paralyzing terror—the kind that can shut down a country.

In his career, Sheehan has operated in the mountain jungles of Central America, the back alleys of Mogadishu, and the teeming streets of New York City—but he has also participated at the highest levels of policy making at the White House, the State Department, and the United Nations. It’s his time protecting America’s most populous city as its counterterrorism czar, however, that yields this book’s most fascinating insights. As Sheehan reveals thwarted threats to New York’s bridges, subways, and landmarks, and recounts extraordinary simulations staged to gauge terrorists’ true abilities, we gain perhaps the clearest picture yet of what modern terror-fighting is all about.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig Cottingham | 1/20/2013

    " #48 for 2008. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ray | 4/10/2012

    " Sheehan,an experienced counter-terrorism expert, provides a good summary and analysis of the terror issues facing our country, and thoughts on dealing with and minimizing the affects of any potential future attacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ray | 4/29/2011

    " Sheehan,an experienced counter-terrorism expert, provides a good summary and analysis of the terror issues facing our country, and thoughts on dealing with and minimizing the affects of any potential future attacks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karl | 10/7/2008

    " This book takes a good look back at terrorist acts to understand the strengths and weaknesses of terrorist groups.

    Unfortunately, the author does not look at the state sponsorship of the attacks on 9/11 as expressed by Laurie Mylroie. "

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About the Author

Michael A. Sheehan has served as New York City deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, assistant secretary general in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations, ambassador at large for counterterrorism at the State Department, National Security Council staff officer at the White House, and commander of a counterterrorism hostage rescue unit in the US Army Special Forces. A graduate of West Point as well as US Army Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces schools, Sheehan was deployed in such hot spots as El Salvador, Panama, Korea, and Somalia before retiring from the military as a lieutenant colonel.