Manhunt: From 9/11 to Abbottabad - the Ten-Year Search for Osama bin Laden Hardcover – 3 May 2012
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"A very good, well-sourced account, as good on the White House, the military and the CIA as on what happened in Abbottabad, and as good as we're likely to get, short of an official version" (Alan Judd Spectator)
"Tells the story of the search with considerable authority and conviction" (Max Hastings Sunday Times)
"The book makes for a rattling and thoroughly researched read on the last days of the world's most notorious terrorist" (Daily Telegraph)
"Meticulously reported, pacy and authoritative" (Jason Burke Observer)
"The battle of wits between the man and the superpower is grippingly narrated by Peter Bergen" (Julian Borger Guardian)
The definitive account of the decade-long manhunt that killed the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.See all Product Description
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Bergen, who published the book close to the first anniversary of the raid, draws the characters with a deft hand. He had written a couple of previous books on Bin-Laden and he had met him in the late 1990's. He also writes about US government officials - from Obama on down - who discussed the prospective raid over and over again since a possible intelligence break placed Bin-Laden in the compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Months of surveillance, mainly from the air but a little on the ground, could not give a 100% certainty that the figure pacing in the enclosed compound was Bin-Laden, but after much discussion, the raid went forward. Peter Bergen writes with the same deliberateness with which the government officials - both clandestine and non-clandestine - went to work, weighing the odds of both the figure being Osama Bin-Laden and the raid being successful. (And "successful" meant, of course, the Seals getting into Abbottabad, landing in the compound and carrying out their mission, and then getting out again, with no lives lost.Read more ›
Coming in at almost the exact same number of pages as Bowden's The Finish, Bergen's book seems very much like the weightier affair. While Bowden secured access to President Barack Obama, Bergen's book seems more definitive, in that it is more wide-ranging, covering the implications of what Bin Laden's murder may mean for the Al-Qaeda brand of radical Islam, as well as focusing on the intelligence-driven search. Bergen, for example, looks at Bin Laden's refuge in the mountains of Tora Bora and how, despite those best-placed to know assessing Bin Laden's position with a very high degree of certainty (and being proved right after the event), somewhere higher up the food chain the decision was made not to proceed with an attack to take him out.
Bergen also details other facets of the Abbottabad raid: how it affected U.S - Pakistani relations, clearly articulating that political factors had a role to play in the affair; that Obamas closest advisors were arguing against the raid, remembering their experiences in the President Jimmy Carter Operation Eagle Claw fiasco and why Obama ultimately decided to proceed with a course of action that some of his most experienced members of staff advised against.Read more ›
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Plenty of detail for those who like tbhat sort of thing. Some of the predictive analysis toward the end is a bit awry perhaps understandablyPublished 4 months ago by maxy64
So why oh why did we take so long to find a single man. Answers some of the questions but leaves open the simple question. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jambro
Great detail into the run up to a historic raid without the need to embellish or dramatise the actual event Great bookPublished 22 months ago by michael
A harrowing account of the search for Osama Bin Laden - a little too much mention of how good the special forces are.Published 23 months ago by Mr. P. Stevenson
Bergen is the foremost historian of Al-Qaeda and this is the definitive account of the hunt for bin LadenPublished 23 months ago by BobMay
Not as good as BHD but still a good read. Seems to skip on some of the ground-truthing that went into verifying the target and also on the backup available during the raid. Read morePublished on 10 July 2014 by Martin Belderson
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