The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.
13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the 13 hours of that now-infamous attack.
13 Hours sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes listeners into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country.
13 Hours is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book - but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men - and what they accomplished - is unforgettable.
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Just the facts seemed to be the mission of this book , but I found that I couldn't turn it off and it just ended to soon for me. It seems that the guys on the line; who do the real work , get the shaft and their story was told in a clear and compelling manner !
This is a great book that tells the truth about a black spot in American history!
Although I had read and heard enough to know what to expect in this book, I was still absolutely captivated by the personalities and the unfolding story. As soon as I finished it, I started at the beginning, again. So many people with individual stories all a part of 13 HOURS IN BENGAZI....it took multiple readings before I was able to retain all that was contained. Well done.
Yes, This book kept me interested from the very beginning when it reaches back into history to relate previous incidents in Benghazi as well as historical battles and background on how Benghazi came to be. As opposed to Benghazi under fire, this book is told from the standpoint of the CIA Annex security team that was told to "Stand Down" that fateful day on September 11, 2012.
The details of the accounts really bring more of the events into perspective and a lot more than what you could ever hope to hear about on the evening news. It also gives a contrasting view of the "Stand Down" order and why/how it was given. To me, the responsibility for the delay in responding should have fallen on the CIA station chief that was dead set on enlisting the help of the 17 February Militia to assist in the attack on the embassy in a feeble attempt to keep the "Secret" CIA Annex a secret by not sending this quick reaction force to assist.
The details of the battles and how each one stood out on it's down as the story progressed..
We need to go NOW!
It also sheds light on the last hours of Navy SEAL Tyrone "Ty" Snowden Woods and Navy SEAL Glen "Bub" Anthony Dohrety and how they came together on that fateful evening/morning. In fact, Glen apparently never fired a shot and was killed with Tyrone when a mortar struck the rooftop position they were on. Glen had climbed up to visit with Tyrone after arriving from Tripoli with a rescue team that included two Delta Force Operators (who did not participate in the battle, but received awards for heroism). It details how Kris "Tonto" Paronto, Mark "Oz" Geist and John "Tig" Tiegan (all part of the original response team), fought off wave after wave of attackers and the troubles each of them faced as they took the fight to the attackers.
Explanations of how they heard rumors that it was an attack that was ignited by a Youtube video, and how the operators knew that wasn't the case. How they searched for Stevens to the point of nearly dying themselves from Smoke inhalation, toxic gasses, etc.
It tells how following the initial assault on the Embassy grounds, most of the fighting then took place at the CIA Compound about a mile away. That is was an organized military style attack, not a bunch of demonstrators, that quickly dialed in and landed three perfectly placed mortars on one rooftop during the battle... again, not an easy task for goat herders.
This book puts you right next to these heroes and the battles they fought with the attackers, their station chief, the flames in the Embassy building and better judgement. I would STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone wanting to know what REALLY happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
It was mesmerizing from the first chapter. I listened to it straight though; I just could not help myself. And even as I listened I wondered within myself " How does America still produce such men'. I am in awe of each of them and thankful to and for each of them. I do not think anyone can read this story without being flooded with all types of emotions. For those who came home let there be Peace; for those who did not let there be Rest, for those who did nothing to help let there be Shame.
If you aren't quite sure what happened on Sept 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya then this is a good place to start. Given that it is a first person account of the events on the ground, it is probably the most accurate story of what actually happened that day. Well written and narration is pretty good.
Next to Lone Survivor, this true account story kept me on edge. Great true account of what these guys went through to save 20 + American lives, while laying their own lives on the line. True hero's and sad that our government did not have this embassy better secured. These gsa operators should be given medals for their heroism.
That it was true and came from the boots on the ground
The bond these guys had throughout and their willingness to die for their fellow Americans
The unsung hero's of benghazi
Very good in-depth report of what really happened before, during and after the attack. Four good men lost their lives. Now, if only some people where held accountable.
Trained to Protect
Thank you for recounting a horrible experience for the American people to know the true actions. I am proud to be American and to know there are Real Heros!! THANK YOU!
What a mess and terrible ordeal these men and women went through. The book is very well written and narated, I listened for hours at a time. It describes the true horror of war as these men were ambushed over and over again. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to know the truth about benghazi and not what the government or media wants you to believe.
You see veterans coming out with books everyday and some of them are great and some are just written to get a buck and some glory but this story is a real look at what these operators endured. They are heroes and this is a must read/listen.
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