By Steve Hendricks
A publication so compelling it merits to develop into one of many nonfiction classics of our time. As propulsively readable because the most sensible "true crime," A Kidnapping in Milan is a powerful reckoning with the realities of counterterrorism. In a enchanting page-turner, Steve Hendricks provides us a ground-level view of the start and development of overseas Islamist terrorist networks and of counterterrorism in motion in Europe. He additionally presents an eloquent, eagle's-eye point of view at the large questions of justice and the guideline of law.
"In Milan a recognized truth is often defined through competing stories," Hendricks writes, however the tales that swirled round the February 2003 disappearance of the unconventional imam Abu Omar might quickly aspect in a single direction—to a covert motion through the CIA. The police of Milan were exploiting their wiretaps of Abu Omar for necessary details prior to the faucets went silent. The american citizens have been their allies in counterterrorism—would they've got disrupted a fruitful investigation?
In a rare story of detective as opposed to undercover agent, Italian investigators lower than the management of prosecutor Armando Spataro unraveled in embarrassing aspect the "covert" motion during which Abu Omar have been abducted and despatched to be tortured in Egypt. Spataro—seasoned in prosecutions of the Mafia and the purple Brigades and a passionate believer within the rule of law—sought to attempt the abductors in absentia: the first-ever trial of CIA officials through a U.S. best friend. An exemplary success in narrative nonfiction writing, A Kidnapping in Milan is without delay a detective tale, a historical past of the terrorist risk, and an indictment of the idea that man's savagery opposed to guy might be stilled with extra savagery but.
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A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial by Steve Hendricks