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Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad | [Peter L. Bergen]

Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him. Other key elements of the book include:

  • A careful account of President Obama’s decision-making process as the raid was planned
  • The fascinating story of a group of CIA analysts—largely women—who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL’s whereabouts
  • The untold and action-packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the SEALs
  • An analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, and for Obama’s legacy.

Just as Too Big to Fail captured, in riveting detail, the anatomy of this decade’s financial disaster, so too is Manhunt one of the key stories of this decade: the authoritative, immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history.

©2012 Peter L. Bergen (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"In Manhunt, Peter Bergen has produced a page-turner rich with new information and insight into the search for Bin Laden and his killing. Only Bergen, America's foremost counterterrorism writer, could have produced a book of such energy and authority - a triumph." (Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001)
"Ten years of grit, intelligent hard work, and daring led to Operation Neptune Spear, and Bergen captures it all in a story that is both a riveting page turner and a definitive history. Revealing details of bin Laden's last years in self-imposed prison, the debates of the CIA analysts who tracked him, and the training of the SEALs who killed him, Manhunt is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the real story of how the world's most wanted terrorist was finally brought to justice." (Eric Greitens, author of The Heart and The Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL)
"With masterly reporting, Peter Bergen takes us where we've never been: behind the high walls of Osama bin Laden's last hideout and behind the scenes of the heroic and painstaking hunt for the Al Qaeda mastermind. Manhunt is a thrilling read." (Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor)

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    Betty 05-04-12
    Betty 05-04-12 Listener Since 2007

    Elderly (1932), retired university professor, degrees in engineering and economics.

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    "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"

    Do not miss this one! I followed George W. Bush’s war on terror and the new policies of Barack Obama through news reports and through many of the books published over the years. The books ranged from excellent to slanted political rants. Peter Bergen’s thoughtful, well written and well sourced book is one of the best. It is outstanding!

    He takes the listener along from the beginning to end of Operation Neptune Spear after ten long years of searching for clues as to the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Familiar names of politicians and political appointees turn up in new roles and positions to make decisions about whether new information is accurate enough to risk deadly action. How much risk, diplomatically, internationally, and politically are we willing to take to remove the head of the organization that inflicted 9/11 us.

    I gained a greater understanding of and sympathy for people in the planning process at the highest level of government when decisions have life and death consequences. As the planning progressed and what seemed like an infinite number of “what if” scenarios were raised and analyzed trying to reduce the odds of failure one more point, I found myself wanting to scream “Just do it. You cannot get to zero risk when people are involved.” Maybe if the people are Navy SEALS there is a better chance to reach zero risk than we know. There is suspense. There is action. There are scenes in the White House and in Bin Laden’s bedroom. I am neither in the military nor in politics, but I can highly recommend “MANHUNT.” The narration and the writing are excellent.

    It is a great listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Not great, but it is is good"

    I buy many of my books because of the reviews and this is why I bought Manhunt. The reviews were very good so my expectations were very high. I enjoyed the book but was actually disappointed a little. It was interesting but did not live up to the five star reviews.
    I would actually give it a 3.5 to 3.7 as it is better than average but certainly not a 5 star book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A true "page turner""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Manhunt to be better than the print version?

    Bergen's detail account loses no momentum from beginning to end. Researched, documented and well written, the docudrama pulls the "reader" forward toward a very satisfyingly suspenseful conclusion. Mark Deakins narration adds zest and pace and his voice impressions are mostly in character.
    All in all, a very worthwhile investment of time and money/


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 09-17-12
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2006

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    "A good look at high level decision making"
    Where does Manhunt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an important book. Mr. Bergen had extensive access to very senior level people in writing 'Manhunt', including Presidents Clinton, Bush, and especially President Obama.

    Many senior cabinet officers and senior military and intelligence leaders are quoted. I believe this book to be about as authentic account of the hunt for OBL as any civilian could write.

    On the downside, I had one quibble and one serious problem with 'Manhunt':

    Quibble: The author, as one would expect of a NYT reporter, worships at the church of Obama. Everything Obama is portrayed in the most positive possible light. Long boring paragraphs are devoted to praising our President. Given the recent terrorism directed against our diplomats in the middle east, Bergen's glowing tributes to Obama's diplomatic skills seems very outdated.

    To be fair to Bergen, while his tone towards President Bush is fairly negative, Bergen does explain why so many senior officials (including Senators Clinton and Kerry) believed that Iraq had WMD's prior to the invasion of that country. This was important information that Bergen puts on the record.

    Substantial problem: There is way too much detailed information about classified intelligent sources and methods reveled in this book. I can't blame Mr. Bergen, he's reporting what creditable senior people told him, but I do blame glory seeking politicians for putting their short term political ambitions ahead of the long term good of the country.

    'Manhunt' is an excellent companion to 'No Easy Day' by Mark Owen. Mr. Bergen takes you into the high level decision making process that lead up to the raid.

    Mr. Owen's book is written from the point of view of the grunt on the ground.

    Together one gains an excellent appreciation of the skill required to pull off an operation like 'Neptune Spear'.

    Net/net 'Manhunt' should leave any reader impressed with how effective our governmental leadership can be when they really work together on a difficult problem.

    Recommended.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Deakins does an excellent job with this narration. The production quality of this audio book is excellent.

    I had to give Mr. Deakins only four stars, because (like so many American narrators) he can't really 'do' foreign accents, he sounds silly when he tries.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Ferraro 06-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Exciting And comprehensive"
    Any additional comments?

    Liked the narration very much EXCEPT for the accents Deakins tried to adopt when quoting someone, they are comical, sometimes painful to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David sea cliff, NY, United States 05-14-12
    David sea cliff, NY, United States 05-14-12
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    Would you listen to Manhunt again? Why?

    Yes because there is lots of information that needs to be absorbed and because it is a story about a significant subject that has consequences now and in our country''s and the world's future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Manhunt?

    The detail about the planning that went into the raid and killing of Bin Laden


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    I had no favorite character -- the story itself was fabulously interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I liked prolonging the read so that I could absorb the content - I will probably will reread it. Next time I made actually read it and not listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and I loved the detail with which the story unfolded. One criticism I did not like the reader imitating women's voices and the dialect of people who were Muslim or Arabic. That felt condescending.. I would have preferd the reader just using his own voice without changes in his voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephen New York, NY, United States 05-13-12
    stephen New York, NY, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fact is better than fiction"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I thought this book might get slow or or be slanted one way or the other.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It's just the facts. It really gets into how the terrorists work and how the CIA works.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Just how the structure of both the terrorists and the CIA are so different than anything you read in fiction.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    How risky the hit on Bin Ladin's compound was. There were a number of other outcomes from that situation that could have spun US foreign relations in vastly different directions.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I'm not much for politics but this was a quick read and a great look in at how decisions, for good or bad, are really made with regard to foreign policy, as well as the role the president played in everything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Simpsonville, SC, USA 05-11-12
    Ed Simpsonville, SC, USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you listen to Manhunt again? Why?

    I liked the book and will probably listen to it again sometime because there are a lot of details in the book. I did enjoy the book, but the author is not totally objective. I like the insights into how difficult the decision was for President Obama. .


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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-15-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "History Exciting as any Thriller"

    Manhunt is one of those rare books that is packed with details but remains really exciting. I literally could not put this one down and finished it in one sitting. I got a lot more from this book than I had from news sources and other books and it was enjoyable to boot. The narration is excellent. It is not entirely unbiased, but is generally quite fair. Manhunt explores each aspect of the search for bin Ladin, intelligence, military, political, and counter-measures al-Qae???da took. It answered virtually all my outstanding questions about the final raid and give an excellent overall perspective.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Thrilling"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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