Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming series Waco.

In Stalling for Time, the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator takes readers on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI’s nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines. Whether vividly recounting showdowns with the radical Republic of Texas militia or clashes with colleagues and superiors that expose the internal politics of America’s premier law enforcement agency, Stalling for Time crackles with insight and breathtaking suspense. Case by case, minute by minute, it’s a behind-the-scenes view of a visionary crime fighter in action.

Praise for Stalling for Time

“Riveting . . . the most in-depth and absorbing section is devoted to the 1993 siege near Waco, Texas.”The Washington Post

“Captivating . . . an electrifying read . . . No Hollywood movie can top this story for thrills, suspense, or action.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“Certain to fascinate true crime readers . . . The compelling centerpiece of the book is Noesner’s analysis of ‘what went wrong at Waco’ with the Branch Davidians.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“An intense, immersive narrative . . . vicariously entertaining.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Engrossing . . . The book is also an intimate history of contemporary American militia movements.”New Republic
 

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User Review  - Glennis.LeBlanc - LibraryThing

This is more one person's high points as a hostage negotiator and the reader will recognize the big cases that he worked on. The book was ok but not what I was hoping for. You don't get as much out of ... Read full review

STALLING FOR TIME: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Longtime FBI hostage negotiator Noesner details his rise from mail clerk to the first chief of the agency's Crisis Negotiation Unit.The author's low point came in Waco, Texas. As one of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a thirty-year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator. An FBI hostage negotiator for twenty-three years of his career, he spent ten years as the bureau's Chief Negotiator. Following his retirement from the FBI he became a Senior Vice President with Control Risks, an international consultancy. Noesner has appeared on numerous television documentaries produced by A&E, the History Channel, Discovery, TLC, and National Geographic. He is the founder of the National Council of Negotiation Associations, which represents about eighteen organizations and thousands of law enforcement negotiators nationwide. He speaks at law enforcement and corporate events and continues to consult part-time.

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