Since 9/11 no topic has dominated our national conversation more than the Global War on Terrorism. But remarkably enough, we know little more about Al Qaeda's operations than we did four years ago. Now, investigative reporter Mike Boettcher makes public for the first time the inner workings of the most infamous terrorist network in the world. Drawing upon top secret documents and interviews with counterterrorism experts, Al Qaeda members, and foreign and American spies, Boettcher details Osama bin Laden's escape, the use of plastic surgery to disguise high-ranking terrorists, and the full extent of Al Qaeda's chemical weapons programme. He takes us inside the safe houses and caves where bin Laden and his team operate. He reveals over a dozen post-9/11 attacks that were thwarted - some barely - by intelligence agencies throughout the world - and a frightening new plot to destroy the Pentagon. More than any other book, this reveals where Al Qaeda came from, what they've done, what they plan to do, and how we've missed opportunities to destroy them.
He created CNN's terrorism investigation unit and has witnessed and reported on terrorist acts across the world. He's been kidnapped and threatened with execution; he lectures widely and has multiple awards. The University of Oklahoma, recently honoured him as a distinguished alumnus.