Very well done investigative piece of work. The investigation performed by Mr. Burton and his colleague, through their unclassified sources allowed this book to read well and hold my interest. For me it confirmed much of what 13 Hours in Benghazi author, Mr. Zuckoff, wrote. Both books are worth a read, but remember, Mr. Burton wrote an investigative piece that is written well enough to hold interest.
Under Fire does an excellent job of showing the situation from the ground. Suddenly it doesn't matter that you're representing a super power, what matters is where you are and where you can get help. Often, that help is too far away to make much difference in the situation and you have to depend on the capabilities you have available. The author did an excellent job of showing the difficulties, especially when so much of our security depended on people that couldn't be depended on.
Should be on the required reading list for all members of congress.
The author spend a lot on details of how dangerous Benghazi is on normal day. Then leads into the attack, and the job of DS, and DSCC required the kind of bravery and skill was given W/O mumbling, sticking their train and performing as good as any could expect. It heart wrenching to feel dedication those had men for the Diplomat as they heroically went in to the building over and over again. In end it is obvious they a lot of military specialist, and some heavy ordinance and escape plan if needed. All in all I knew a lot more about the Benghazi tragedy after reading the book.
This book will explain what difference it makes and it will give the reader information that is not forthcoming by the coverup from Obama's Administration. Please read this book before ever considering voting for any incumbent having even the remotest connection to this tragic event. If for no other reason read the book in memory of the four Patriots who died for America.
A companion to 13 Hours as additional information Gives more details (then 13 Hours) on armaments used, person in State Dept and White House who's lack of action (ST Dept) and direct actions covert blacktops (WH NSC) bear culpability in this tragic loss of brave men
A must read for Security Professionals. This paints a clear and vivid picture of what occurred on Sept. 11-12 2012 in Benghazi. It is also a cautionary tale for reform in how the US should do risk management in a more unstable world. The authors credentials clearly come out in their authoritative account. Excellent maps and photos. It also shows the daily challenges the brave men and women in the Diplomatic Security Force encounter. If you work in overseas security for the Government or private sector, and also work in Crisis Action Teams, this is a book you must read. Preston McLaughlin, Colonel USMC Retired
This is great for readers who like super details, but use the big picture to draw conclusions from it. Details of chain of command are extremely well covered down to specific rank titles. However, I found real value in learning the difficulties in protecting people and property from small terrorist groups in foreign and often unstable countries. If anyone fines a way, They might pass it along to Washington.