Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

by Richard Miniter


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Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed by Richard Miniter

The bestselling author of Shadow War and Losing Bin Laden exposes the sinister Al Qaeda mastermind behind 9/11.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has carried out many of the biggest terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millennium Plots, and the beheading of Daniel Pearl. As the world awaits his trial, bestselling author and investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to life his shocking true story.

Based on more than one hundred interviews with government officials, generals, diplomats and spies-from the United States, Europe, the Arab world, and Afghanistan-and on the ground reporting from Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Guantánamo Bay, Miniter reveals never-before-reported Al Qaeda plots and surprising new details about the 9/11 attacks.

He also shows how Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was radicalized in America and takes us inside terrorist safe houses, CIA war rooms, and the cages of Guantánamo Bay.

While thoroughly reported and strongly sourced, this is a pounding narrative that reads like a thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595230720
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.08(w) x 6.36(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Miniter, an award-winning investigative journalist, has written two New York Times bestsellers on terrorism. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, National Review, and the New Republic as well as for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He frequently appears on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I Origins

1 The Outsider 13

2 Campus Radical 35

3 Searching for War 55

Book II A Terrorist Career

4 Tradebom 67

5 The Plot to Kill the Pope, the President, and Four Thousand Americans 81

6 Losing Ramzi 93

7 Meeting bin Laden 107

Book III The Planes Operation

8 September 11,2001 119

Book IV Hunting KSM

9 The Daniel Pearl Murder 133

10 Explosions in Paradise 144

11 "Recognize Us Yet?" 161

Book V Interrogating KSM

12 KSM and Obama: The Mastermind's Last Laugh 171

13 Aftermath 210

Acknowledgments 217

A Note on Sources and Methods 219

List of Aliases Used by KSM 225

Time Line 227

Notes 241

Bibliography 263

Index 269

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