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Tradecraft Primer: A Framework for Aspiring Interrogators

Publisher: CRC Press

Author: Paul Charles Topalian

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Format: Softcover

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Tradecraft Primer: A Framework for Aspiring Interrogators is a timely and relevant reference manual for a new generation of professionals. A must-read for anyone thinking of entering the interrogation profession, whether in law enforcement, the military, or intelligence, it provides fresh insights from the latest empirical studies. The book challenges prior beliefs and legacy interrogation practices of previous generations by capturing novel approaches that no longer rely on physical or psychological coercion, unethical or questionable ruses, or abusive mistreatment.

Importantly, this primer also opens the door to valuable lessons from contemporary experts in human motivation, who are using more effective social influence methodologies and tactic. Learn about the art and science behind rapport-building, effective communication constructs, and the influence of interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics for use inside the interrogation room. In addition, the book captures the "interrogation cycle" as a handy reference graphic. By reading this primer, you will learn how to reduce the frequency of false confessions, mitigate eyewitness misidentification, and gain simple contemporary insights to outsmart liars and discern truth-tellers from deceivers.

As an advocate for a sea change in the way our nation’s interrogation programs are managed, this book embraces a team approach to interrogations and emphasizes active engagement and oversight by supervisors to corroborate interrogation outcomes. It also asserts the need for the adoption of a common code of ethics shared among all practitioners―one that is built on two underlying principles: Do no harm and respect human rights.

Item #: 2329

ISBN: 978-1498751148

Publish Date: 2016

Pages: 156