John’s book, The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers’ Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies, co-authored with Joseph Hickman, was published by Skyhorse Publishing in July 2017. It’s a first-person account of the hunt for Abu Zubaydah, formerly believed to be al-Qaeda’s third-ranking leader, his capture, torture, incarceration, and transfer to Guantanamo by the two people who knew him best throughout the experience.
The book has had excellent reviews:
Academy Award-winning director and writer Oliver Stone called it “a fascinating and important story well told.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said the book was, “The riveting story of the man in the center of a historic crisis that cost America her moral authority and her claims to exceptionalism.” He added that it was, “A courageous spy’s heartbreaking dissection of the milestone incident that marked the devolution of American idealism.”
Bestselling author Mark Crispin Miller described The Convenient Terrorist as a, “disturbing book, which should enlighten anyone who thinks that 1984 did not arrive in the United States until the age of Trump.”
Michael Steven Smith, the cohost of Law and Disorder, said, “This book describes the horrific, prolonged, and illegal torture by the CIA and the Department of Defense of Abu Zubaydah at Guantanamo. Coauthor John Kiriakou was imprisoned for blowing the whistle on this. Bush, Cheney, and their complicit underlings should have served time instead. They didn’t, and now Trump wants to use torture again. Read this book. And stop him.”