Synopses & Reviews
Like the best of thrillers, this is a tale of betrayal and murder, of drug-smuggling and arms-dealing, of a powerful international crime syndicate and the key players who help unload millions of tons of cocaine on the American market and live large on the profits. And it is the story of three dedicated men who risked their careers and reputations to bring one of the infamous Medellmn Cartel's highest-ranking allies to justice. Yet this book differs from other crime stories and political thrillers in one important way: it's 100 percent true.
When, in 1989, twenty thousand American soldiers invaded Panama, arrested its highest military officer, and hauled him back to Miami to stand trial, it was the first time in our 225-year history that the U.S. had dared to capture and try another nation's leader for violations of American law-violations committed in that ruler's own country. How this remarkable chain of events came to pass is one of the wilder and-until now-least-known stories in modern American history. Now, in this gripping book, David Harris brings us the behind-the-scenes account of what really happened, and why nothing like it may ever happen again.
It all started in the summer of 1985, when General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the legendary Panama strongman, was just one of hundreds of potential suspects identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration's forces in the War on Drugs. Harris shows us the secret investigation, the thrilling four-year manhunt, the diplomatic incidents, and the historic drug bust that shook U.S. foreign policy to its foundations. On the way, we meet the hard-nosed agents and the policy hacks, the drug lords and the scumbags, the prosecutors and the snitches, the dissidents and the diplomats with dirty hands, a freshman president making a reputation for himself, and a one-of-a-kind dictator who now sits, defeated, in a Miami federal prison cell which he will likely call home for years to come.
Shooting the Moon is not only an exemplary piece of investigative journalism, it is a fast-paced, rollicking read that is transfixing until the last page.
"It's hard to imagine a stronger or more gripping crime story...[the author] writes with a vivid and sure touch." Evan Thomas, author of Robert Kennedy: His Life
Now in paperback, the acclaimed nonfiction thriller that takes us behind the scenes and reveals what really happened in 1989 when 20,000 American soldiers invaded Panama, arrested that nation's leader, and hauled him back to Miami to stand trial for violations of American law -- violations committed in that ruler's own country. Tracing the secret investigation, the exciting four-year manhunt, and the bizarre incidents that shook U.S. foreign policy to its roots, "Shooting the Moon" is at once a page-turning story and a first-rate work of investigative journalism.-- One of the most outrageous true crime stories ever recorded.-- A fast-paced narrative that holds strong appeal for readers of military and legal thrillers.
About the Author
David Harris is a legendary anti-war activist who went to jail for draft resistance in the 1960's. Formerly a contributing editor at the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, his 7 previous books include The League, Dreams Die Hard, and The Last Stand.