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.
The book itself was very good but the second half was outstanding.
Narrator is clear and easy to follow.
He made the events more real.
The second half of the book was outstanding. The information that led up to finding Ben Laden and the plans and decisions that went on behind the scenes was captivating.
Peter Bergen KNOWS the subject and described details in chronological order without sensationalism.
The facts of Ben Laden's life and influence are presented clearly and rationally.
One of the best I have ever heard
The whole book, if you want to know everything about how the Us missed oportunities to
kill OSB this is the book. Also how the Us worked and worked to get intel on the terrorist.
Worthwhile read. The first part covering the early days of Bin Laden was slow. The coverage of recent events was more interesting with lots of color on just how much Obama had going on at the same time, and his role in adding a backup SEAL team, which turned out to be needed.
I was especially interested in how the military people dealt with both Bush and Obama, and vice versa, with object lessons for future presidents. Bergen seems to cover such aspects of the manhunt well, but he doesn't get much into what might have been done better, emphasizing mainly what happened and who did it. He does that competently, but I'd hoped for more.