NY Times writer Thom Shanker to sign new book “Counterstrike” Sunday and Tuesday in his native Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City native and New York Times correspondent Thom Shanker will sign copies of his new book “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda” at two different events next week in his hometown.
Shanker will participate in a book signing at 2 p.m. Sunday at Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place. For more information, go to www.fullcirclebooks.com.
He also will be at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday for a book signing and conversation. He will share his insights about terrorist threats facing America today. For more information, go to www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.
The book, which Shanker co-authored with fellow New Times correspondent Eric Schmitt, has eared critical praise since its August release. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson calls it “a remarkable detective story by two of the nation’s best reporters.”
Shanker and Schmitt dig into the United States’ nuanced efforts to combat the worldwide terrorist network of Al Qaeda. Drawing on their many sources, the correspondents take readers deep into the realm of the military, spy agencies and law enforcement.
“Al Qaeda surprised itself on 9/11,” Shanker told The Oklahoman‘s Ken Raymond in a recent phone interview. “I think they had no idea they could actually bring down the two towers and hit the Pentagon. They were surprised at what they did. They were also surprised by the ferocity of the American response. I don’t think they thought that the U.S. would invade Afghanistan, bring down the Taliban, et cetera.”
“Counterstrike” also includes a chapter with dramatic new details surrounding the May 2011 operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
As Shanker and Schmitt note, however, bin Laden’s death doesn’t end the war on terrorism. “Terrorism inspired by Al Qaeda cannot be defeated as it is defined today,” they write.
To read more of Ken’s interesting interview with Shanker, click here.