The Interrogator's War

by Simon Email


I bought this book attracted by the subtitle "Inside the Secret War against Al Qaeda".

Unfortunately it turned out to be a very long, and sometimes turgid confessional of the author's time in Afghanistan as an army interrogator.

I ended up speed-reading the book, as there were some interesting passages buried amongst the other stuff.


i) once again Americans come across as rather buffoonish - they have a very formal "rule book" for interrogations and a huge training facility - but seem to achieve few results

ii) several times "American" values seem to come down to Coca-Cola, Popcorn and Hollywood action films. That seems very, very sad

iii) perhaps there's a "Mash" successor lurking in here - the interaction between the staff members (there'd need to be more women, though), and the "action" itself in the interrogation room