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Fred Burton's Essential Holiday Reading List

3 MINS READNov 25, 2019 | 19:47 GMT
With the launch of Fred Burton's Book Club, part of Stratfor's Pen and Sword podcast, Fred Burton reveals his favorite books of 2019 and his most anticipated reads of 2020.
(Emily Donahue)

Fred Burton isn't just one of the most respected and widely quoted counterterrorism and global security experts in the world. He's more than a leading mind on the study of mass violence prevention and much more than a New York Times bestselling author of four books, including his memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, and other accounts of efforts to bring Cold War assassins to justice or to reveal the origins of Hezbollah's war against America. He's also an avid reader.

"I discovered the magic of a good book when I was a little boy. Reading has gotten me through some of the best - and toughest - times of my life," Burton says. "I always had a book in my 'go' bag, whether I was on a redeye flight to a terror investigation, or running ragged for days on end. I've seen the world, but few adventures compare to those inside the covers of a good book. I'm delighted to share my new favorites and my old go-tos with my listeners, readers and fans."

Stratfor is pleased to announce that Fred Burton is launching a book club that will be a regular element of Stratfor's Pen and Sword podcast, which focuses on subjects Fred knows best: military, terrorism, espionage, true crime and thrillers. Fred will highlight his pick of the month in a column, on social media and with author interviews on the Pen and Sword podcast. New chapters include in-person book events, social conversations and a new "three hypotheticals" segment with authors on the podcast.

In the meantime, you can check out Fred's Best of 2019 Book List here and get a preview of what he'll be reading — and talking about — in 2020. Make sure to listen to the Stratfor podcast for updates.

Fred Burton's Best-of Booklist for 2019

To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, by James Olson (listen to the podcast)

Backlash, by Brad Thor (listen to the podcast)

True Believer, by Jack Carr (listen to the podcast)

The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly

Agent Running in the Field, by John Le Carré

Fred's Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Brad Thor's new Scot Harvath thriller. Fred says, "No title yet. But I can't wait! He never disappoints."

No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS, by Samuel M. Katz "Sam is a great writer and he knows his stuff," says Burton.

Savage Son, by Jack Carr "Jack writes an action-packed thriller, and he's an all-around great guy," Burton says.

One Minute Out, by Mark Greaney. Burton says, "Mark writes like nobody else, and his Gray Man books are always a jolt of energy."

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country, by Sierra Crane Murdoch. "This book is primed to be one of the most influential of 2020," Burton says.

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