Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein---As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture

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Harper Collins, Dec 2, 2008 - History - 266 pages
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Everyone has seen the footage: a heavily bearded Saddam Hussein blinking under the bright lights of infantry cameras, dazed to find himself in U.S. Army custody. Yet while the breaking news was broadcast around the world, the story of the remarkable events leading up to that moment on December 13, 2003, has never before been fully told. Mission: Black List #1 offers the complete, behind-the-scenes account of the search for Saddam Hussein, as related by the Army interrogator whose individual courage and sheer determination made the capture possible.

In July of 2003, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was deployed to Baghdad alongside intelligence analysts and fellow interrogators. Their assignment was clear: gather actionable intelligence—leads that could be used to launch raids on High Value Targets within the insurgency. But, as Maddox recounts, hunting for the hidden links in the terrorist network would require bold and untested tactics, and the ability to never lose sight of the target, often hiding in plain sight.

After months of chasing down leads, following hunches, and interrogating literally hundreds of detainees, Sergeant Maddox uncovered crucial details about the insurgency. In his final days in Iraq, he closed in on the dictator's inner circle and, within hours of his departure from the country, pinpointed the precise location of Saddam's Tikrit spider hole. Maddox's candid and compelling narrative reveals the logic behind the unique interrogation process he developed and provides an insider's look at his psychologically subtle, nonviolent methods. The result is a gripping, moment-by-moment account of the historic mission that brought down Black List #1.

  

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Review: Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein---As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture

User Review  - Leto2 - Goodreads

Reading this book gave me new insights and understanding of the war in Iraq and how intelligence was (and is) gathered. The story was interesting and fairly captivating. It was also pretty short ... Read full review

Review: Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein---As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture

User Review  - Ronni Knepp - Goodreads

One of my absolute favorites. Wonderfully written and easy to read and become absolutely engrossed in. Would highly recommend to anyone! Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Night Ride
5
Outside the Wire
17
Interrogation 101
25
Dogs of War
35
The Routine
53
Roundup
63
Fear Up Harsh
73
Baby Radman
115
The Driver
127
The Spigot
145
Amir
157
Back to Baghdad
199
The Zone
215
Banging on the Door
231
Ace in the Hole
245

Changing the Guard
91
Ninety Percent
103

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About the author (2008)

Army Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was awarded the DIA Director's Award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his key role in the capture of Saddam Hussein. A native of Oklahoma, he now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Davin Seay is the coauthor of"With God on Our Side" and Al Green's memoir, "Take Me to the River". His writing has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today", and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

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