So I saw a headline yesterday that the Twilight guy Robert Pattison has signed on to a movie about the capture of Saddam Hussein. I wondered immediately if this was the movie adaptation of Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein—As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. It is! How cool. We had the honor of interviewing the author of that great book, Eric Maddox, several times.


When Army Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox arrived in Iraq he had never interrogated a prisoner. Five months later he left with the DIA Director’s Award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his key role in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Not only did he do that, his work identified the insurgency funding and leadership network, which had been previously unknown to the US military. He did this by focusing on the social and family networks of captured prisoners.

Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein—As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture

Just incredible what he did and how he did it. This is a great book and it was an honor to be able to speak to SSG Maddox.

Eric has returned to Pundit Review Radio several times since and we have stayed in touch via email

Here is Eric, along with social media guru Paul Gillin, discussing how social networks are about people, not technology

Most recently, Eric joined us to discuss the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I figured who better to talk to about that than the man who masterminded the capture of Saddam?

I consider it an honor that Eric is a friend of the program and that we have kept in touch all this time. He’s an amazing patriot and a great, great guy. His story is so great, I don’t think even Hollywood could screw this one up.

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