"There wasn’t a meeting when someone didn’t mention Black Hawk Down."
A senior Obama Administration official, as quoted in The New York Times, on May 2, 2011
From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. The story focuses on Bin Laden, who maintained a stream of despairing correspondence in hiding in the year before his death, and on President Obama, perceived by many as an anti-war candidate, whose evolving views and enormous responsibilities have turned him into one of the most determined warriors to ever inhabit the White House.
Bowden's book is an unrivaled account of the most high-profile special-forces operation ever to have been undertaken, and a pause-resistant narrative of how the man behind 9/11 was finally brought to justice.
©2012 Mark Bowden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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.
I'd definitely purchase "Killing Pablo" because I read the book, but his later work "Worm" (and "The Finish") is like being stuck in the land of diminishing returns. The quality and style have weakened significantly. That really is a disappointment because I wanted to enjoy this, but couldn't.
Scott Brick, Bronson Pinchot, Campbell Scott, Will Patton - I agree with one of the other prior complaints - in addition to everything else, that narrator reads the entire book in a tone as if he's revealing a very hush-hush secret. Bizarre. Throws off the pace of the story completely.
Sorry guys, I'm returning this one.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
The story is about everything that lead up to the now-famous raid.
I like the details of the intelligence hunt. It was very interesting.
The parts about the highly technical computer programs!
Bowden does it again!
Very disappointing. I found Black Hawk down far more compelling.
Absolutely not....I had the volume turned up and still couldn't hear him clearly. What was the need to whisper.
Not really, thought No Easy Day was very interesting and compelling.
Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.
The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA
He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.
I downloaded this book, because it said, if you liked No Easy Day, then you'll like The Finish, or something like that. But I didn't find the two books alike at all. No Easy Day focused on the operators, the preparations, and the mission. The Finish seemed like it had more of a political agenda, and focused more on the politicians....just in time for the elections too.
The difference between this book and other books written about the Osama bin Laden raid is that this gives the perspective of the White House and not the people who actually did the raid. The book does not really get going until chapter 4 so I would suggest that you start with chapter 4. You would not miss anything by reading the first three chapters. If you really hate Obama then I would suggest just avoiding this book altogether. Because it is really written from his perspective.
Great details of the event before during and after. the author is clearly biased in favor of President Obama, but otherwise a very good detailed account of this historic event.
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