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An FBI Hostage Negotiator Tells His Story

Clint Van Zandt helped create the FBI's Hostage Negotiation Program.
Clint Van Zandt helped create the FBI's Hostage Negotiation Program.

Clint Van Zandt played an important role in the formation of the FBI's Hostage Negotiation Program.

For more than 20 years, before he retired from the agency in 1995, he helped resolve many high-stakes hostage standoffs, from Rochester, N.Y., to the Philippines.

He recounts some of his bureau experiences in the book Facing Down Evil.

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