Foreword by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center
A real-life adventure story told by a New York Times bestselling author and war correspondent who reveals how he became a hostage, an arms dealer, and an Israeli spy.
And the Rest Is History takes readers on a traveling circus from Paris to Beirut, Baghdad, and beyond, introducing them to spies and terrorists, arms dealers and crooks, and along the way reveals a few surprises about the secret underbelly of recent history you won’t find in WikiLeaks. This book pinpoints precisely when the era of “fake news” actually began in America, and will change the way you think about journalism and journalists.
It includes: • riveting testimony of the author’s torture and born-again experience as a hostage in a Beirut cellar; • unusual insight into the beginnings of the Iran–Contra scandal; • eyewitness reporting from the battlefields of the Middle East; • the inside scoop on Saddam Hussein’s WMD programs; • astonishing stories of French government dirty tricks, the intelligence underworld, Israeli hostage negotiations, and the real-life escapades of a Soviet sleeper agent.
And the Rest Is History is a reporter’s journey from Left-Bank leftist to born-again Christian conservative. But most of all it’s a rollicking good read full of unusual characters, places, and events you will never hear about on the evening news.
“Ken Timmerman is a superb investigative reporter—and old school—which means he does his research. His behind-the-scenes adventures in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Israel, and even France are a terrific read for those of us who share his passion for tracking down the facts, not molding the facts to a ‘narrative.’” —Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and NY Times bestselling author of Clinton Cash and Profiles in Corruption
“I have followed for some time your excellent reporting on the Mid-East. You consistently provide insights and facts nowhere else available to the public. Your professionalism and persistence make a great contribution to our understanding, to the public debate, and ultimately to our national security.” —R. James Woolsey, former director, Central Intelligence Agency
“I have spent my life tracking the murderers of yesterday. Mr. Timmerman is tracking the murderers of tomorrow.” —Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, introducing the author to an audience in Paris, France, in 2002
About the Author
Kenneth R. Timmerman is the author of eleven works of nonfiction, including two NY Times bestsellers, and three published novels. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 by the former deputy premier of Sweden for his work to expose Iran’s nuclear weapons program. You can read Ken’s latest articles, interviews, and blogs on his website: http://www.kentimmerman.com/
"Although I have known national security journalist Ken Timmerman for over twenty years, he only told me how he barely escaped execution by radical Islamists in a Beirut cell a few years ago. His professionalism, modesty, and faith are qualities seen far too rarely in today's ego-driven field of journalism." — Fred Fleitz, Former National Security Council Chief of Staff under President Trump
"And the Rest is History is a memoir that reads like a rollicking, page-turning novel. From the cold war through the war on terror and beyond, Ken takes us on the wild adventure that has been his life as a global-trotting reporter: we enter war zones and the halls of power, eavesdrop on conversations with world leaders, terrorists, arms dealers, and spies, and become witnesses to extraordinary history, Dripping in vivid detail, his unforgettable story will have you riveted from page one." — Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
"Real reporters don't follow the pack. Ken Timmerman takes us down roads where few reporters have managed to go before and knows how to evoke people and places with remarkable grace." — Walid Phares, FoxNews National Security and Foreign Policy expert