Foreword by Dr. Ariel Merari
Founder of the Hostage Negotiation and Crisis Management Team of the Israeli Defense Forces
“Although aimed at corporate executives and their employees, anyone traveling or residing abroad for business as well as pleasure would find this to be a perceptive look at 21st century terrorism.”
- MIAMI HERALD
“…a fascinating read. The data on corporations being targeted by extremists and criminals was scary, the anecdotes fascinating (and scary), and the ideas provocative.” - PROFESSORBAINBRIDGE.COM
“Mike Ackerman gives sage advice, distilled from decades of firsthand experiences, about how to negotiate with kidnappers and other terrorists—if you must…. first-rate…a fascinating documentation by someone who has impeccable credentials to speak on the subject.”
Frank P. Ramsey Professor (Emeritus) of Managerial Economics
Harvard Business School
“Dick had the highest regard for Mike Ackerman’s ability to adapt skills learned at the CIA to problem-solving for American corporations navigating a troubled world. The Ackerman Principles is a ‘good read’ that discusses in unemotional terms the risks we all face. Dick would have loved it."
—MRS. RICHARD HELMS
Wife of the late CIA director
When America’s corporate leaders need reliable information and expertise about dealing with threats to personnel both here and abroad, they turn to Mike Ackerman, who for more than thirty years has helped the business community deal with everything from random street crime to global jihad. Widely acknowledged as one of America's leading authorities on terrorism, Ackerman's forte is recovering kidnap victims. He has been involved directly in more than 150 cases.
In this comprehensive overview, a distillation of his 46 years of experience in intelligence, military security, and, most of all, corporate security, Ackerman explores in depth the risks, direct and indirect, to multinational corporations from al Qaeda and its affiliates, and suggests practical countermeasures. Similarly, on the subjects of kidnapping and extortion, where his experience is unparalleled, he explores risks and suggests strategies for prevention and response. Several kidnapping and extortion cases in which he has been involved are described in dramatic detail.
Ackerman also comments in depth on the use of bodyguards and armored vehicles, two of the more controversial subjects in corporate security, and addresses in depth residential security. Again, arguments are buttressed with concrete examples drawn from Ackerman’s long experience.
Like no other book on the market, this excellent resource is a must-read for corporate CEOs; CFOs; general counsel; executives charged with security, legal, human resources, risk management and travel management responsibilities; overseas travelers; business-school students; and, indeed, anyone concerned about terrorism.
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