This book read like a novel, but with the added benefit of being real. It was objective with plenty of detail, but not boring or too detailed. It presented the terrorist position so that it was understandable, giving insight into how the terrorists arrive at their actions, what it means to them. And it was interesting to hear contrasting points of view from within the enemy position. And of course, the details of the raid were interesting.
The most memorable part was the detailed description of the raid.
I have not heard this reader before.
The most interesting tidbit was that there were at least two strong opposing recommendations, from Gates and Biden. And the President himself thought the raid was worth it even if there was only a 50/50 chance he was there, because even that chance was better than anything since Tora Bora.
I recommend it as an objective account of a fascinating event.
Some good inside information.
Did not realize that Bin Laden was living a mile or so from a military school at which American troops taught Pakistani troops.
I still want to know who turned the electricity off in that portion of Abbottabad. How did that happen? How much did we know about Pakistani treachery?
Journalist/writer. Addicted to literary fiction and history.
The main reason this book is far better than the slew of published-in-a-day, instant "bestsellers" on the takedown of bin Laden is because of Bergen's trustworthiness as a scholar and a journalist. Well done.
The book is a glimpse into the past that helps us understand the present. It is neither dry nor boring. It reads more like a novel than a history book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had difficulty pushing "stop" at times. If you like politics and current affairs/news, you will like this book.
Includes the history of bin Laden before 9/11, some personal history after 9/11, the development of information that led to his compound in Pakistan, and the bold decision to raid the compound. The story moves quickly and is well read.
angry music fan
Really enjoyed listening to it. I am finishing my second listen. Because of the material involved, most Americans will find the book interesting and a almost like a bit of closure on the whole 9/11 incident. The author did a great job of getting accurate information, which is important for this historical event. Thanks.
Yes. The facts and inside perpective is compeling. The only problem is making the President look like Alexander the Great and Attila The Hun.
There is definitely a propaganda agenda here for the President by making President Bush look inept and the demeaning of Donald Trump.
These facts spoiled an otherwise interesting story and should have been left out.
The specifics of the killing of UBL.
The President's incredible acumen for decision making, please!
The Situation Room.
Avid audiobook addict!
Really drives home what a difficult roll of the dice it was to initiate the mission, gambling on 60% odds that the intelligence conclusions were right. Great behind the scenes information--it's fascinating that the author was able to get so many facts!