The Mind of A Terrorist

Title:                      The Mind of A Terrorist

Author:                  Kaare Sørensen

Sørensen, Kaare (2016). The Mind of A Terrorist : David Headley, The Mumbai Massacre, And His European Revenge. New York : Arcade Publishing

LCCN:    2016005437

HV6430.H43 S6713 2016

Summary

  • “Written with the pacing of a thriller, a veteran journalist’s account of the terrorist behind the Mumbai attacks. David Headley, the American-Pakistani also known as Daood Gilani, lived a double life. One day he would stroll through Central Park in his tailored Armani suit as a true New Yorker, and the next he would browse in the bazaar in Lahore wearing traditional Pakistani clothes. One day he would drink champagne at the most extravagant clubs; on another he would prostrate himself in prayer in remote Pakistan and pledge fidelity to Allah. Born in 1960, the son of an American mother and Pakistani father, with one blue eye and one brown, Headley grew up between East and West. He was attracted to both worlds, even working as an informant for the US government, until one day he found he had to choose between the place of his birth and a radical form of Islam preaching global jihad. This is the disturbing story of the mastermind behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people-who two months later flew to Copenhagen to plan another act of terror with the help of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in Europe. Veteran journalist Kaare Sørensen has reconstructed his movements and planning in a tense feat of reportage. His account, based on extensive reporting, eyewitness interviews, and documentation including wiretaps, court transcripts, and emails by Headley accessed from a chat room cache of nine thousand messages, offers unprecedented insight into the mind of the terrorist. The author has provided updates and a new preface for the English-language edition”– Provided by publisher.
  • “David Headley, the American-Pakistani also known as Daood Gilani, lived a double life. One day he would stroll through Central Park in his tailored Armani suit as a true New Yorker, and the next he would browse in the bazaar in Lahore wearing traditional Pakistani clothes. One day he would drink champagne at the most extravagant clubs; on another he would prostrate himself in prayer in remote Pakistan and pledge fidelity to Allah.Born in 1960, the son of an American mother and Pakistani father, with one blue eye and one brown, Headley grew up between East and West. He was attracted to both worlds, even working as an informant for the US government, until one day he found he had to choose between the place of his birth and a radical form of Islam preaching global jihad. This is the disturbing story of the mastermind behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people–who two months later flew to Copenhagen to plan another act of terror with the help of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in Europe. Veteran journalist Kaare S

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Date Posted:      October 20, 2016

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

David Headley, the American-Pakistani also known as Daood Gilani, lived a double life. One day he would stroll through Central Park in his tailored Armani suit as a true New Yorker, and the next he would browse in the bazaar in Lahore wearing traditional Pakistani clothes Bon the son of an American mother and Pakistani father, Headley grew up between East and West, was attracted to both worlds, even working as an informant for the US government, until one day he decided to follow radical Islamics preaching global jihad. He became the mastermind behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, and two months later flew to Copenhagen to plan more attacks using sleeper cells in Europe.

[1] Peake, Hayden in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 2, Spring 2016, p. 139). Hayden Peake is the Curator of the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection. He has served in the Directorate of Science and Technology and the Directorate of Operations. Most of these reviews appeared in recent unclassified editions of CIA’s Studies in Intelligence, Other reviews and articles may be found online at http://www.cia.gov

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