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Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations, a breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.

In Enemies Within Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay bare the complex and often contradictory state of counterterrorism and intelligence in America through the pursuit of Najibullah Zazi, a terrorist bomber who trained under one of bin Laden’s most trusted deputies. Zazi and his coconspirators represented America’s greatest fear: a terrorist cell operating inside America. Apuzzo and Goldman lift the veil of secrecy to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of our counterterrorism measures. This real-life spy story—uncovered in previously unpublished secret NYPD documents and interviews with intelligence sources—shows that while many of these programs are more invasive than ever, they are often counterproductive at best.

Six months after the 9/11 attacks, New York police commissioner Ray Kelly initiated a straightforward yet audacious antiterrorist plan to be implemented in the Big Apple. The NYPD would dispatch a vast network of undercover officers and informants—known as “mosque crawlers” and “rakers”—into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations in mosques and community centers. Police amassed data on innocent people, often for their religious and political beliefs. But when it mattered most, these strategies failed to identify the most imminent threats.

Enemies Within tackles the tough questions about the effectiveness of the measures we take to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats. Its shocking details about the tactics and activities of the NYPD will be headline news and reveal what it really takes to hunt down terrorists in America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The authors use their investigative know-how like skilled surgeons, utilizing their scalpel to expose a malignant growth in the heart of the NYPD.”

    Frank Serpico, NYPD (Ret.)

  • Enemies Within combines the quick-paced storytelling of a mystery novel with the intellectual altitude of intelligence experts. It offers insights into the methods that work the best against would-be terrorists, as well as those that are not only a waste of money and time but abuse the nature of our democracy. A great, informative read.”

    Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

  • “Two of America’s best reporters pull back the curtain to reveal how New York really works. In the process, they also raise troubling questions about the price that America has paid, particularly in its moral standing, in prosecuting the war on terror. They ask the hardest question of them all. They ask Americans to look in the mirror.”

    James Risen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Apuzzo and Goldman are the new Woodward and Bernstein.”

    Spencer Ackerman, national security reporter, the Guardian

  • “Investigative reporters for the Associated Press in Washington, DC, Apuzzo and Goldman shared the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their series on the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying on American Muslims. Here they expand on their reporting to give us a better understanding of what America’s counterterrorist efforts have and haven’t accomplished.”

    Library Journal

  • “While Apuzzo and Goldman show their veteran reportorial skills in exposing the details of the NYPD’s surveillance program, they also expertly craft the drama of the unfolding terrorist plot and the race by government agencies to foil it…A fast-paced, informative investigation into the ever-messy arena of privacy versus security.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Despite all the hype around NSA’s secret Prism surveillance program, Apuzzo and Goldman show how the Zazi case really got made. This book is both a thriller and a hard-hitting expose of the NYPD Intel unit set up after 9/11. While the American people have shown some willingness to give up privacy for the hope of greater security, the reader can be the judge of whether the shocking excesses of this unit are justified by its results.”

    Vicki Divoll, former general counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former assistant general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency

  • “Like too many stories about the post-9/11 fight against terrorism, this is a tale in which American boldness, cunning, and ingenuity are frequently undermined by American arrogance, recklessness, and narrow-mindedness. Apuzzo and Goldman’s revelatory investigation casts a troubling light on the NYPD and reverberates far beyond New York City, exposing the risks of waging an ill-defined ‘war on terror.”

    Justin Vogt, senior editor, Foreign Affairs

  • Enemies Within is a deeply reported and well-written account of the NYPD’s aggressive efforts to monitor the Muslim American community and the most threatening al-Qaeda plot since 9/11—the plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009—a plot that NYPD’s surveillance efforts did not detect.”

    Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad

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About the Author

Matt Apuzzo is an Associated Press investigative reporter, focusing primarily on national security and intelligence matters. He shared in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying program targeting American Muslims. Apuzzo has covered organized crime, corruption, and law enforcement in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington, DC, where he lives.