Yes, it's like a Brad Thor novel but real. Moves swiftly. Chapters well organized. The climatic killing of OBL is simply stunning to listen to.
The title of this review is not hyperbole.
I was driving when the author read, "Geronimo EKIA." And I almost had to pull over. Real life yet like a Ian Fleming novel.
Bergen takes us from pre 9/11 to the killing of Bin Laden in a fast paced and exciting way. Anyone familiar with CNN knows that Bergen knows al Qaeda and his expertise on the matter is on display where. Bergen also brings the perspective of having actually interviewed Bin Laden so his insights help shape his account. A great read.
This book is ten years of terrorist information pack in a 384 page book, so it moves along quickly. I read Holy War Inc., so I thought I would give this a listen. Who doesn't like a good manhunt anyway. The author looks to lean left, which is ok as President Obama and CIA made a decision to go without seeing UBL at the compound. The author says the POTUS deserved the Noble Peace prize for his extraordinary efforts. Really (extraordinary)Bergin?
All in all a good book and praise to the Seals, CIA, and administration for the successful mission. The US government was not looking anywhere else for UBL at this time. They had no other leads at all after Tora Bora. No plan B, no other site. So it was all or nothing in Abbottabad.
He does a pretty good George W. Bush and Obama impression.
That Al Qaeda wasn't very powerful or organized at all. They got lucky with the 9/11 attacks and others like it. Now they are all dead.
From an intelligence standpoint it seems solid but it appears the raid details came from cable news rather people with real info. It's very disappointing that he would publish information such as the targets that were shot were unarmed or that the blackhawk crashed, both untrue. It makes me wonder what other information wasn't vetted.
it's good if you want to know more about washington's perspective but if you want raid facts read "mark owen's" book "no easy day"
Excellent! Gave me all the details on the 10 year manhunt for Bin Laden. This book was a perfect primer for "No Easy Day", which is also quite good, but in a different way. Both books give details on the raid, but this book focuses more on the 10 year manhunt since 9-11. No Easy Day is gets more into the life of Navy Seals and focuses on the Bin Laden take down operation itself. Each is equally good in its own unique way. I highly recommend both.
This is a solid history of the manhunt. Lots of details about the politics and the policies behind the operation. This is worth your time and at just 8+ hours maybe worth a double listen. You will be more informed for having read this book.