Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad Hardcover – May 1 2012
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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 Abbotabad, landing in the compound and carrying out their mission, and then getting out again, with no lives lost.Read more ›
Not an essential read, but lives up to its premise.
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Good read for all history buffs. Gripping account of the commando action in Abbottabad. President Obama comes out as a gutsy