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Children's LiteratureIn analyzing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, government agents now realize that a great deal of intelligence information existed prior to those attacks. In a very real and sad sense the words of one intelligence operative in reference to 9/11 are all too true—"We didn't know what we knew." Among government intelligence agencies perhaps none are more significant than the FBI and CIA. It is these two agencies that Jennifer Keeley addresses in her study of the functioning of intelligence gatherers in an age of global terrorism. In Deterring and Investigating Attack, Keeley looks both backwards and forward. She describes the approaches used by both the FBI and CIA to profile potential terrorists, follow illicit money trails, cooperate with foreign governments, and acquire worthwhile intelligence information. As such, this is a fascinating look at how American intelligence operatives function and the ongoing role played by these two government agencies. 2004, Thompson Gale, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck