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, Biography, Crime, True Crime

Reviews American Radical

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Dan
    I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read and the agent did America a huge favor
  • 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...
  • Kim
    Tamer Elnoury is the pseudonym used by an undercover FBI agent who happened to be Muslim and fluent in Arabic. Uniquely positioned to work in counterterrorism, he was largely responsible for the takedown of three radical Islamic terrorists, and this is the story of how that came to pass.First, this reads like an action/adventure military thriller. It's not a difficult read; I finished the book in less than two days; but it captured my attention a...
  • Kristen
    Elnoury takes us right into the minds of terrorists as he describes his firsthand account of months spent undercover alongside them. His courage and commitment to his work in the field blew me away. Simply reading the repeated meetings full of warped logic and religiously shrouded homicidal plans drained me. But for many months, Elnoury suffered through listening in person to these ideas, which went against his religion and patriotism, all the wh...
  • Stephanie
    I recommended this book to my book club after seeing Tamer’s interview with Tucker Carlson. I didn’t even have to read it first to know it was going to be excellent and totally up my alley. My list of favorites is a long love letter to the military and especially, navy seals, so this undercover element really appealed to my sense of delicious justice being served! I felt that Tamer’s writing style was conversational and to the point. He’s...
  • Christopher Lawson
    I was Rico Jordan before I was Tamer ElnouryAMERICAN RADICAL is the story of a patriotic Muslim recruited by the F.B.I to penetrate terrorist groups. The author became "Tamer Elnoury," complete with a solid background and internet presence. That way, anybody checking him out would discover that Tamer was "real." Of course, the author did not just pretend to be Muslim--he really is a devout believer, and hates the notion that radicals are bringing...
  • Jonathan
    From a non-fiction standpoint, this book had everything that is needed to make it readable. Although I wish it truly was, it felt like a fictional story which I find pleasing when it comes to non-fiction recountings. At times the storyline had a lot of action and the pace was fast moving, but then there were times when I felt as if the same points were being drilled home over and over again. I also had this book recommended to me and during that ...
  • Luc
    This book was a very fascinating book that I was able to dive into. I thought the way the author conveys how he felt about radical Islam and normal Islam was the best part of the book. This book was recommended to me by my dad, who thought I would be interested in it since I like reading nonfiction. The way the author is able to infiltrate the jihadists and make them trust him shows an ability that isn't easily mastered. I expected this book to b...
  • Brian Mercer
    did not enjoy this book. This author has quite an inflated view of himself and tries to make everyone else look dumb including the FBI (when he joins the FBI from his cop work) and later again with the Canadian courts. I also have a hard time believing that terrorists are as dumb and naive as they are made out to be in this book, considering the multiple successful terrorist attacks they have committed over the years. I'm glad that there were arr...
  • Jennifer Shobert
    Nonfiction books are not my favorite. Typically. But this book was well written, easy to understand, added some humor to sad truths, and overall very very good. I was sad when the book ended because I would like to hear more from “Tamer Elnoury”. He is an amazing person and easy to connect with through his writing. I think this is an important book because people should see that not all Muslims are terrorists. Like with any religion, there ar...
  • Monica Willyard
    This is the riveting story of a Muslim who chose to go under cover for the FBI to bring down radicals bent on harming America and Canada. The story is a page turner in its own right. It goes far beyond that as well. The author has worked to help readers understand his view ofIslam, what causes people to become radical, and shows the humanity that slowly slips away when a person decides to plant a bomb.If you are put off by a lot of profanity, you...
  • 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 ...
  • Linny
    This is an amazing story about an undercover FBI agent. The book reads like a spy novel, but the story is true. It gives me great comfort to know what the government does behind the scenes, but there are also issues and conflict of interests with allies. I read the book in one night because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I really appreciate the explanations about the Muslim religion and how the jihadists have twisted the logic an...
  • Bette
    An account of a Muslim American FBI agent who gives as accurate and complete account of his activities in the arrest and trial of radical Islamic terrorists.Fascinating and so well written you think you are there. I was impressed by Elnoury’s explanations of how he identified these jihadists and how they perverted the religion of Islam. For me he gave a voice to the non-radical Islamic community. I recommend this book for those who want to add ...
  • Kayes Ahmed
    FantasticGreat book on Islamic terrorism and the fight against it. This is a fast paced book with some really good narratives. Excellent story telling. The author tried to to show the jihadists as abnormal. As a Muslin I find the Jihadists to be following the Islam of seventh century to the letter. Islam is in need to reformation. The violent rituals of seventh century tribal Arabia forms the core of this religion. It need reformation, badly.
  • Stacy Derebery
    Thank for writing a book that is real and also readable Sometimes a reader will get lost and miss something important to the story because the characters do not seem real. I enjoyed this book. I was never lost. I was connected to the characters. Thank you to all those who serve behind the scenes and make things happen. This book points out how collectively we can and will make a difference. Thank you. I truly enjoyed this read. Godspeed
  • Bob
    An excellent read. "Tamer" takes you inside the daily activities of racial Islam terrorists and the FBI's hunt to get them stopped before they kill more men, women, and children thru their "projects". "Tamer" is an undercover Muslim FBI agent who spends years with individuals bent on killing as many as possible. The personal side of "Tamer" is a fresh look into Islam, and helps illustrate the scripture and beliefs of this religion. Very well writ...
  • Charissa Miller
    This book written by an undercover FBI agent under his code name is a great undercover cop/crime novel only it actually happened. The book is an easy read (I finished it in less than 24 hours) and the story is engaging, amusing, and at time harrowing. Reading about Agent Elnoury's struggles and journey as a Muslim fighting Radical Islam was eye-opening and made me appreciate all of those who work behind the scenes to protect us.
  • Nikita Patel
    Although it took me a while to finish this book, I'm glad I did. Tamer did a great job at keeping the thrill and suspense within the book. It's well-written, the story is narrated in a great way, and the book sheds insight on how American Muslims feel about the "Islamic" fighters abroad. If you enjoy thrill-seeking/spy stories, you should give this book a try.
  • Ann
    An important book to read to hear the story of an amazing patriot FBI agent. Tamer Elnoury works undercover, using his fluency in Arabic and life experience as a Muslim to do incredible work to reach those who seek to carry out terrorist acts. Make sure to listen to his epilogue as he addresses the need to welcome Muslims into our country.
  • Ryan Renfrow
    Incredibly interesting perspective but has some universalist leanings to circumvent. Definitely feeds the SVU/Jason Borne interest. Wouldn’t recommend for an into to Islam for nominal Christians but if you don’t have a Muslim Friend, some good basic worldview here. If you do have a Muslim Friend - good book to engage them with.
  • Ryan
    This is a great, easy-to-read, book. It can't go into too many details for obvious reasons, but I still learned things about Islam and the Justice system that I didn't know before. The courtroom part of this book was my favorite, and without going into spoilers, I was really proud of how the author stood up for himself and his religion.
  • Paul
    Inside the war on terrorismVery interesting inside look at the otherwise invisible war on terrorism, being fought by the FBI on a daily basis, at the mind of a terrorist, and the reaction of a true and devout American Muslim to the perversion of his religion by radical Islamists.