Over the past three decades he has interviewed dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, covered numerous Middle East wars, interviewed suicide bombers, debriefed defectors from Iranian intelligence organizatons, and covered the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith.
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His latest book, Dark Forces: the Truth About What Happened in Benghazi, rips apart the spin and the lies surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that cost the lives of four brave Americans. "If you want to know what the Obama Administration does not want you to know about Benghazi, then Dark Forces is a must read," writes Richard F. (Dick) Brauer Jr., Col. USAF (Ret), Founder, Special Operations Speaks.
Ken's recent novel, St. Peter's Bones, is a witness to the persecuted church in Iraq, and is based on numerous reporting trips to northern Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. It is a war novel with a political twist, set in the midst of same areas that were overrun by ISIS in June 2014.
Best-selling author Robert Spencer, the editor of Jihadwatch.org, called the novel "a wildly inventive and highly gripping thriller that encompasses the secret and long-hidden origins of Islam."
Ken's 2007 book, Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, exposes a secret intelligence war, fought not against our enemies abroad, but by partisan bureaucrats and their allies in Congress and the media against a sitting United States president. Rush Limbaugh called the book "fabulous," and devoted five full pages of his monthly newsletter to it.
For his work in exposing the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear weapons program, he was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by former Swedish deputy Prime Minister Per Ahlmark.
To raise awareness of the threat from the Islamic regime in Iran, and the potentially tragic gaps in U.S. intelligence in spotting and tracking these threats, he wrote Honor Killing, a sizzling thriller set on the next battlefield in the war on terror, which has been featured by national talk radio hosts Laura Ingraham, Michael Reagan, Frank Gaffney, and others. Honor Killing tells the story of how Iranian terrorists bring a nuclear weapon into the United States under the noses of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence watchers, blinded by political correctness to the threats from a Fifth Column of Muslim immigrants.
In 1998, he tracked renegade Saudi financier Osama Bin Ladin and his international terrorist network halfway across the globe for Reader's Digest, publishing his expose on the then-unknown Saudi just weeks before he attacked two U.S. embassies in Africa. (Bin Laden was so obscure at the time that the Digest couldn't even find a photograph of him, using an artist's sketch instead).
Over the past 20 years, he has revealed how failed U.S. policies have helped create new threats to our nation from Russia, China, and Iran
His book on Iran, Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown in Iran, was acclaimed by former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 Commission.
In April 1983, he was the first U.S. correspondent on scene when the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon was blown up by Islamic militants.
During the later half of the 1980s, he covered the Iran-Iraq war, gaining first-hand knowledge of Iraq's deadly weapons buildup. His third book, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq (Houghton Mifflin, 1991) was called "our Bible" by Ambassador Rolf Ekeus, chief of the UN Special Commission for the Disarmament of Iraq. After the Gulf War, Ekeus and his weapons inspectors used Timmerman's information to help locate clandestine Iraqi weapons plants and to identify their foreign suppliers.
A ground-making study on the unconventional weapons programs of Iran, Libya, and Syria, commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1992, won applause from Democrats and Republicans alike.