Fighting the War on Terror
Global Counter-Terrorist units and their actions
Pen&Sword Books Ltd., Barnsley-England 2018, 19,99 £
SWAT teams, GSG9, EKO Cobra, SCO 19 – these elite police units are used to dealing with dangerous situations, particularly in the fight against global terrorism. European political-economic journalist and author, Judith Grohmann, is the first outsider to be given access into the world of specialist counter-terrorism units in 16 countries around the globe, including the USA, Russia, Israel, the UK, and many more. Whether performing hostage rescues, subduing barricaded suspects, engaging with heavily-armed criminals or taking part in counter-terrorism operations, her interviews with the men and women concerned explain what their work really involves, their most dangerous missions, and the physical and mental training required for them to perform these high-risk operations, which fall outside the abilities of regular police officers.
The stories about the operations and missions that they told Judith, took place in: USA, Russia, Jordania, Israel and Europe – in Great Britain, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania. In this book Judith describes not only the most dangerous operations, she gives also an introduction to the selection process, the formation and the psychological training of these elite fighters. She describes also how they go along with every use of their physical and mental limits and how they deal with traumatic experiences. The author collected in this book exciting and moving reports of the members of the units from various interventions over the past decade, including the tragic events of January 2015 in France, which began with the attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo-newspaper.
A truly intimate insight into a closed world.
„Fighting the War on Terror“ has been written in a Reportage-style. This book has known a great success, because Judith is worldwide the first author being introduced into the World of active Counter Terrorist-units. Judith gives her readers a look behind the curtain of the work of these courageous men and women in these units, who fight every day against Terrorism and Crime to guaranty with their own life the Security of the citizens.
Judith dedicated this book to the American actor Kevin Spacey, because, after watching his performance of police Lieutenant Chris Sabian in the movie „The Negotiator“ in 1998, she became extremely interested in the topic of security and the work of Counter-Terrorist-Units.
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