This book is finely crafted and expertly narrated. I've listened to it well over a dozen times and it never gets old.
Bergen is a definitely one of the experts on Bin Laden and Al Queda. His story closely follows the Bin Laden narrative assumed by most, albeit filled with details. The book starts from the beginning of Al Queda, then leads up to the raid.
I highly recommend this book if you're interested in Al Queda, the Bin Laden raid, or the war on terror. The story is as exciting as any fiction book and Mark Deakins does an excellent job narrating it.
An excellent book on the hunt for Bin Laden, with an excellent narration. Surely one of the best books on the overall hunt and it covers the operation to kill him with compelling detail. Strongly recommended.
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"