Mark Bowden tells a really great story, and he obviously had very good source access.
The descriptions of how the Obama team made the decision to kill bin Laden and why were fascinating and a very good look into national decision making on critical issues facing our country. McRaven comes off looking like a badass.
The narrator thinks that whispering makes him sound more mysterious. Or maybe he just likes to whisper. Anyway, his voice acting contributed nothing to the story and eventually became distracting from it.
Good book. Not the best book I ever listened to, but definitely solid. I will use its insights with my staff.
Well worth your 18 hours. Amazingly even-handed, even if it loses some of its balance on the issue of Israel generally and in the treatment of the Six Day War particularly. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone and would be interested to hear an analysis of it by other historians of Islam.
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