American Radical by Tamer Elnoury

American Radical

The explosive memoir of a Muslim American FBI agent fighting terror from the insideIt's no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad, global war against terror. But for the first time in this memoir, an active Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America.A longtime undercover agent, Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit after September 11. Its express purpos...

Details American Radical

TitleAmerican Radical
Release DateOct 23rd, 2017
PublisherPenguin Audiobooks
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Politics, History, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews American Radical

  • HFK
    During the Christmas time security commissioner Julian King noted that violent jihadists are one of the greatest threats in Europe. Europe has faced its fair share of radical and political terror during the years, but this time the threat is global, and is targeted towards Western lifestyle, values and communities.According to GTD between 2001 and 2017 Europe has faced 2 665 terror attacks, 614 of them after January 2015. Turkey has warned that a...
  • Lou
    I am extremely interested by terrorism and wanted to use my legal background to become a part of the counter-terrorism operation in the UK, before unfortunately falling ill. I believe we have some incredible individuals that are willing to put themselves in danger to protect their mother country and the author is just one of those doing so in America.Tamer Elnoury (a pseudonym) poses as an affluent Al-Qaeda sympathiser and is in a race against ti...
  • L.A. Starks
    Highly recommended for thriller readers, especially of the Alex Berenson series.Elnoury is a pseudonym for an actual FBI agent who went undercover. Elnoury's work led to the capture and conviction of three Canadian radicals who were preparing to kill innocents in Canada and the US in the name of their radical politics and twisted interpretations of Islam.Elnoury outlines the men and their attempts, and all it took for him not to be discovered, en...
  • Mehrsa
    This book was both less and more than what I expected it to be--or maybe just different. I thought it would paint a bigger picture of the various ways in which Muslims in law enforcement were helping in counter-terrorism. But it was just one man's story. It was more exciting and "action-packed" than I thought it would be. It belongs in the genre of tough cops getting bad guys rather than any sort of wider social commentary. But it's useful even a...
  • Marisa
    I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I do wish that Elnoury had provided a little more insight into why he decided to go into law enforcement in the first place, but in general, the book is deeply insightful and almost impossible to put down. I would highly recommend the audiobook for a really immersive experience!
  • Roy
    Interesting read on this undercover agents life. I found it pretty thrilling in some aspects however, I felt like the style made it feel a little fiction like. When I've read non fiction most of the time whilst reading I feel the strain, the emotion of the characters/issues. However the fiction style story telling lost it for me. Not bad by any means, just wasnt what I was expecting.
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Admittedly, I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. But, Tamer’s voice shone through in what could have been a very dull book to make it interesting. In short, this is the story of an undercover agent (and Tamer Elnoury is not his real name) who went from busting drug rings as a police officer to being an FBI agent dealing with terrorism. Not only was this book interesting to liste...
  • 📚 Sam 📚
    Wauw, this is really an interesting true story. This guy is a hero.To all on Goodreads; Go and read this one!!
  • Renee (
    4.5 stars!!This is one of those books that happened to catch my eye as it has two of my favorite buzzwords in it...Undercover and FBI...In short, I loved it! Not only is it the most fascinating book I've read in a long time, it's also a very uniquely written memoir in that it reads like a page turning novel. In fact, as I mentioned in my Monday post, it very much reads like an episode of Homeland. There were times I had to remind myself the diffe...
  • Michel B.
    I hesitated a fair bit before choosing to buy this book. In essence, I'm weary of the Islam-bashing that goes on both in Canada and the US and didn't want to contribute my $$ to a book that would just keep on promoting Islam and muslims in a poor light. As it turns out, this book did the opposite and I was glad for it. The book is well written and the narrative flows exceptionally well. There are moments of humour and the story is wholly engrossi...
  • Ben Salkowe
    Reading this during the vulgar immigration debate this week was a surreal experience. Elnourey’s story reads like a suspense thriller that is hard to put down as he infiltrates and then takes down a terrorist sleeper cell. But the parts that most made me stop and think were his reflections on his own life and the immigrant experience in America. “I will never forget the day I became an American,” he writes. “But my parents still sent me t...
  • Mark Mortensen
    It’s rare that one individual has a direct impact upon the welfare of society. This memoir follows an Egyptian Muslim who assimilates into America and willingly serves as an undercover FBI agent to fight counter-terrorism. The author who prays regularly to Allah notably states “The Quran specifically states the Muslims must abide by the country’s laws in which they reside”. This fast paced nonfiction action thriller is extremely inspiring...
  • Tony Taylor
    This is an autobiography about a Muslim FBI agent who came to the US as a child from Egypt with his parents. After graduating from college and spending 12 years as an undercover drug agent with the NY P0lice Department, he joined the FBI several years after 9/11 and became a very effective undercover agent ferreting out radical Muslims in the US and Canada. The author's name is a nom de guerre since he is still active as an FBI undercover agent f...
  • Nancy
    A Muslim American Fights for AmericaElnoury’s family immigrated to the US from Egypt when he was only four years old. He is a devout Muslim, but also a loyal American. From his early years, he wanted to be involved in police work and became an undercover agent in drug enforcement. From the stories early in the book, he must have been very good at it. Then 911 came. The author couldn’t believe his fellow Muslims would do this. He offered his s...
  • Jocelyn Koehler
    After hearing the author speak on Pod Save the World, I picked this up and read it over two days. It's a focused, compelling story. After offering a short background on Elnoury's (the name is a pseudonym of the still-active agent) childhood and early law enforcement career, the bulk of the book follows him and his team through one specific case in which he attempts to track and gain the confidence of an al Qaeda sleeper agent. It's a wild ride, w...
  • Dan
    I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read and the agent did America a huge favor
  • Clyn
    I rarely give 5 stars to a book, but this one was certainly deserving. I read a lot of political/special forces thrillers where the antagonists are often Islamic Fundamentalists. That, and what I continually see streamed across news services has led me to develop a fairly negative view of Islam in general. I’ve never gotten the feel that anyone who fully embraces Islam exhibits the love for my country or the commitment to its success that I, an...
  • Elaine
    This was the memoir of an American FBI agent who, in the aftermath of 9-11, was accepted into the FBI's deep-cover counterterrorism operation. The bulk of this book covers Elnoury's infiltration into more and more high-risk situations, cells and organizations. Unfortunately, the writing suffers from way too much repetition. Things like too many Arabic phrases throughout the book, which may have been translated only one time many chapters ago... o...
  • Alex
    Wow! I was not looking forward to reading this book. I am not a political person at all, so when this book was chosen for my book club I knew It would be a challenge to get through. I was very wrong! This book pulled me in and gave me a lot to think about. It seemed to be geared more to a non Muslim audience because it explained many terms and beliefs in basic terms to give readers some basic information which was nice(but potentially annoying fo...
  • Susan Mangin
    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book on audio. The author, whose name is a pseudonym as he still works undercover, tells a fascinating story of how he became an undercover FBI agent working counterterrorism and then shares the details of a specific case he worked, ultimately helping to prosecute multiple would-be terrorists. The book was funny and irreverent at times (I laughed out loud several times while listening) but was ultimately the...
  • Shawna
    It has been a long time since I have picked up a book and never wanted it to end. I was not expecting that from this book. American Radical wasn't even on my radar until I heard a podcast interview with Tamer. The writing is solid. Not overly dramatic, and never boring. There is a lot of different emotions you will go through with Tamer, and a lot to learn from him too. The story is fascinating and horrifying and a bit hopeful. I would read anyth...
  • Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    I feel like every time I read a book written by someone in law enforcement, there's this arrogant tone of "everyone else was fucking up until I came along," and this book is no different in that regard. It's got some interesting insight, and I'd absolutely hand it to readers who know nothing of Islam except within discussions of terrorism, because it provides a very nice primer on the Islam the mass majority of Muslims practice.
  • Chris Kendig
    A unique, fascinating perspective on an issue that is both deeply complicated and uncomplicated at the same time.
  • Michelle
    "Our best defense is inclusion. America is everyone."
  • Josh
    Very interesting how to learn about the FBI and terrorism. It’s great that he constantly points out that radical Islam is not what the Quran teaches. It’s important to make the difference.
  • Susie
    A good read with good explanations of radical Islam. The author is an amazing man who went undercover for the FBI and befriended and infiltrated the world of a terrorist. Could have done without the F bomb being dropped so often.
  • Audrey
    I hugely admire Elnoury and what he has done for both Canada and the US. It obviously it takes a hugely incredibly talented person to go undercover, and especially when dealing with people who are the reason you are discriminated against. I enjoyed the suspense aspect of the plot, and also the detailed accounts of how he was able to fool the terrorists who he was bringing down. I also wondered if Elnoury had a wife and children but he probably di...
  • Mark Hudson
    Tamer Elnoury (his undercover name) is an American patriot of Egyptian heritage. He worked the streets of NY as an undercover NYPD narcotics officer and then joined the FBI after 9-11.‘American Radical’ tells his story of how the FBI worked a case from start to finish with interesting inside the mind of the undercover agent background.I found myself being proud of the details that the FBI required to make a case at the same time current news ...
  • Cassy
    This book caught my eye at B&N and I immediately put it on my "to read" list. Unfortunately, there was a wait at my local library to read it. I finally got it, though, and read it pretty quickly. I wouldn't quite say it was a book that I couldn't put down, that I just had to read it all in one sitting, but when I wasn't reading it, my mind went back to the book and was anxious to find out what was going to happen next. It also wasn't what I expec...
  • Abraham
    What a story, what a person, and what an incredible Human being.More Americans must read more stories like these. Tamer Elnoury an IMMIGRANT from Egypt takes us on a journey and quest at his time at FBI.Elnoury didn't start out as an FBI agent, he started in narcotics on a task force in New Jersey merrily striding along. But the travesty that was 9-11 spurned in him as did many other Americans the collective duty to serve deeper. And when he was ...