The Terrorist Hunters

The Terrorist Hunters

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Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, CBE, QPM, was in overall command of the UK's national counter-terrorism offensive, at the centre of every major terrorist investigation - overt and covert - of the past five years. He handled the Metropolitan Police's response to 7/7 and dealt with the politically explosive murder of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. Based at New Scotland Yard, in charge of thousands of Special Branch and counter-terrorism officers in the UK and across the globe, deciding strategy, working directly with the Prime Minister with a budget of GBP500 million, Hayman is able to give unprecedented insight into key top-level crisis meetings he attended with intelligence chiefs and political leaders worldwide. In an inspirational and at times heart-breaking account, he describes how he led a dedicated team of men and women, committed to protecting the UK from dangerous enemies. Hayman lived through the pain and soul-searching when terrorists did succeed - and the pride when intelligence officers prevented attacks. Andy Hayman leaves no holds barred in his analysis of the way law enforcers tackle terrorism. He outlines his radical blueprint for the future to protect the public, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond. If you thought you knew the stories behind the news, this book will make you think more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552159476
  • 9780552159470
  • 850,246

About Andy Hayman

Andy Hayman ran Britain's anti-terrorist policing during the dramatic years of the earliest twenty-first century. He held the position of Assitant Commissioner, Special Operations at New Scotland Yard. Margaret Gilmore is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She was the BBC's Senior Home Affairs Correspondent and is now a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, specializing in homeland more

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"A fascinating insight into how the Met responded to the 2005 terror threats, and to Alexander Litvinenko's death in 2006 . . . The Terrorist Hunters is crisply written and an engrossing read" * News of the World *show more

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"A fascinating insight into how the Met responded to the 2005 terror threats, and to Alexander Litvinenko's death in 2006 . . . The Terrorist Hunters is crisply written and an engrossing read"show more

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Five days after its release, The Terrorist Hunters was banned by the High Court for the threat of disclosure it posed. All copies were withdrawn from sale. It is now republished in its full text. In a gripping and provocative account, former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman reveals for the first time the inside story of how the police are fighting the new and lethal threat of terrorism in the UK. From the 7 July London bomb attacks, the 21 July attempted bombings, to the tragic shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, The Terrorist Hunters reveals the real stories behind the headlines. Hayman takes us behind closed doors into the high-level crisis meetings among intelligence officers and leading politicians, and on to the streets with the police, who risk their lives every day to keep Britain safe from attack. Hayman not only reveals the heroism and sacrifice of the thin blue line, but also takes a hard and critical look at our anti-terrorism policy and asks: are the police being given what they need to stop another devastating attack?show more

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