Annal: 2012 Gold Dagger Award for Nonfiction

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 2012.

Book:The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden

The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden

Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan

Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is the darkest date in the nation’s history. What exactly happened? Could it have been prevented? How and why did so much acrimony and bad information arise from the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a quiet field in Pennsylvania? And what remains unresolved? What is certain: Discord and dissent continue to this day.

Beginning with the first brutal actions of the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11, The Eleventh Day tracks…[more]

Book:DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You

DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You

Misha Glenny

“This extraordinarily powerful book demonstrates how utterly we lack the shared supranational tools needed to fight cybercrime. Essential reading.”—Roberto Saviano, author of Gommorah

The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security—sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who might care to relieve us of them?

In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international best seller McMafia, explores…[more]

Book:Evil Relations: The Man Who Bore Witness Against the Moors Murderers

Evil Relations: The Man Who Bore Witness Against the Moors Murderers

David Smith, Carol Ann Lee

In the half-light of early morning on October 7, 1965, 17-year-old David Smith called Hyde police from a telephone box on Hattersley overspill estate in Manchester. The story that he had to tell—of the brutal murder he had witnessed the previous evening—set in motion the detection of Britain’s most infamous serial killings: the Moors Murders. Despite standing as chief prosecution witness at the subsequent trial, David Smith was vilified and hated by a public who knew nothing of the facts behind the accusations thrown at Smith by the killers themselves in an attempt to gain lesser sentences. Myra Hindley’s own confession, 20 years later, that she and Ian Brady had lied about Smith’s involvement in their crimes, did little to diminish the slurs against his name.

For almost 45 years, David Smith has been asked by writers and filmmakers to tell his story. With the exception of no…[more]

Book:Hood Rat

Hood Rat

Gavin Knight

In Moss Side, Manchester, Anders Svensson is on the trail of drug baron Merlin and his lieutenant Flow, a man so dangerous his type is said to appear only once in a decade. Svensson himself is a renegade detective with a network of informants second to none—mainly the girlfriends of gang members, who come to him for protection. Among the housing estates of Glasgow, the city with the highest murder rate in Europe, Karen McCluskey is on a one-woman mission to reform the force. And in Hackney, 19-year-old Pilgrim has made himself one of the most feared gang-members in East London, wanted for attempted murder and seemingly condemned to a life of crime.

In Hood Rat these narratives interlock in a shocking exposé of Britain’s underworld that ranks with Roberto Saviano’s bestselling Gomorrah. Gavin Knight was embedded with undercover police and has spent years with his contacts, absorbing…[more]

Book:The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade

The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade

Ben Lopez

Ben Lopez spends his life travelling the world, bartering with people who value money over life. Working for governments, law enforcement agencies, multinational corporations and private clients, Ben is an expert K&R (Kidnap and Ransom) consultant, supplying professional kidnap-negotiation services. He can be called out to anywhere in the world within 24 hours notice to set up and command the negotiator’s cell, bargaining with religious fanatics, hardened criminals, and other desperate people in order to save the lives of their captives. Alongside a shadowy team of former spies and special operatives, his arsenal of psychological techniques is just as powerful as brute force. He’ll spend as long as is necessary to get the job done. And then he’ll disappear. This extraordinary book reads like a thriller—but for those involved in the stories within it, the drama, and the tension, is very real.

Book:To Live Outside the Law

To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain's Biggest Drugs Bust

Leaf Fielding

To Live Outside the Law is the first insider account of the LSD conspiracy ended by Operation Julie, Britain’s biggest drug bust. The book opens with Leaf Fielding’s arrest in a pre-dawn police raid and ends five years later with his release from jail.

The narrative moves back and forth between the harsh world of prison and his previous life—from a childhood at a brutal boarding school onto undergraduate days and his LSD epiphany in the summer of love, 1967.

Acid transformed him in an instant from nerdy scholar to footloose freak. His ten years of adventures in the hippie underground gave the title to this book—a quote from a Bob Dylan song—they also took him across Europe, to the Andes, to Indochina and on to the edge of the known universe. They also led inexorably to his downfall.

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