Author: Fred Burton
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For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spycraft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the-scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting read. From Publishers Weekly With spy thriller suspense and the clarity of a police report, former special agent Burton's State Department saga reads like a brewing-storm prequel to the current 'war on terror.' Working for the tiny, newly created counterterrorism division of the Diplomatic Security Service in the mid-1980s, Burton liaisons among the FBI, the CIA, and a network of covert informants 'to find out the how' of terrorist attacks, and prevent repeat events. This snapshot of his career reveals 'the foundations for the chaos we face today: a cold war between superpowers overlayed atop a growing struggle between the Christian world and radical Islam.' Of obvious interest to anyone with an eye on world affairs, Burton's assets will draw in even casual counterterrorism fans: the spook can actually write. His first hook is a Dashiell Hammett-esque preface about his hand-written list of targeted terrorist masterminds, which he keeps on his person at all times and 'as current as today's headlines.' From there he takes readers through the crimes and captures of a few, along with the formation and administration of the first State Department unit of its kind. Most striking is the material's relevance twenty years later; Burton's clashes with Hezbollah in Beirut and prickly diplomacy with Iran could almost be pulled from present-day newspapers. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist In the mid-1980s, Burton, a Maryland police officer, joined the Diplomatic Security Service, a little-known U.S. government agency, and was assigned to its even less-well-known counterterrorism branch. Far from the fictional CTU of televisions 24, Burtons new office consisted of three men: the author, another new recruit, and the boss, a no-nonsense career man who had been trying to combat all the worlds terrorists single-handedly. Soon Burton was plunged into the world of Middle Eastern terrorism, and this memoir follows him as he works a number of cases, including the release of hostages from Beirut, which exploded into the Iran-Contra affair and appears to have affected the author in a deep and personal way. In many ways, this book reads like a le Carrspy novel: its not flashy, not filled with pyrotechnics, not full of chase scenes and derring-do. Rather, its the story of a working man whose job involved trying to prevent people from attacking his country. Shorn of ideological rights and wrongs, its a fascinating look at what counterterrorism really means on a day-to-day level. --David Pitt About the Author FRED BURTON is one of the worlds foremost experts on security, terrorists, and terrorist organizations. He is vice president for counterterrorism and corporate security at Stratfor, the influential private security intelligence company sometimes called 'the shadow CIA.' He is the former deputy chief of the State Departments Diplomatic Security Service, the Department of States counterterrorism branch
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