By Peter Lance
1000 Years for Revenge is a groundbreaking investigative paintings that uncovers startling facts of the way the FBI overlooked dozens of possibilities to prevent the assaults of September eleven, courting again to 1989. Award-winning journalist Peter Lance explains how an elusive al Qaeda mastermind defeated the complete American defense process in what the writer calls "the maximum failure of intelligence because the Trojan Horse." Threading the tales of FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fireplace marshal Ronnie Bucca, and bomb-maker Ramzi Yousef, Lance uncovers the years of behind-the-scenes intrigue that positioned those 3 strangers on a collision path. An exceptional paintings of investigative reporting and masterful storytelling, 1000 Years for Revenge will swap ceaselessly the way in which we glance on the FBI and the conflict on terror within the twenty-first century.
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1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story by Peter Lance