Gary Noesner, the author of Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30-year career as an investigator, instructor and negotiator. An FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of his career, he spent 10 years as the bureau's chief negotiator, involved in such well-known cases as the D.C. sniper, Waco and the Montana Freeman.
He has appeared on numerous television documentaries produced by A&E, the History Channel, Discovery, TLC, and National Geographic. Noesner is the founder of the National Council of Negotiation Associations, which represents about 18 organizations and thousands of law enforcement negotiators nationwide.
“The compelling centerpiece of the book is Noesner's analysis of "what went wrong at Waco" with the Branch Davidians when negotiation and tactical teams were working at cross purposes. After opening with a dramatic account of a man who abducted his estranged common-law wife and their son and was holding a gun to her head, Noesner describes his own "quintessentially American childhood," when he got the idea for his life's work from a segment about the FBI on The Mickey Mouse Club.” -- From Publisher’s Weekly