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

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

by Peter L. Bergen
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Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad by Peter L. Bergen

The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.

It was only a week before 9/11 that Peter Bergen turned in the manuscript of Holy War, Inc., the story of Osama bin Laden--whom Bergen had once interviewed in a mud hut in Afghanistan--and his declaration of war on America. The book became a New York Times bestseller and the essential portrait of the most formidable terrorist enterprise of our time. Now, in Manhunt, Bergen picks up the thread with this taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of bin Laden.

Here are riveting new details of bin Laden’s flight after the crushing defeat of the Taliban to Tora Bora, where American forces came startlingly close to capturing him, and of the fugitive leader’s attempts to find a secure hiding place. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden’s grim, Spartan life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda even as American drones systematically picked off his key lieutenants.

Half a world away, CIA analysts haunted by the intelligence failures that led to 9/11 and the WMD fiasco pored over the tiniest of clues before homing in on the man they called "the Kuwaiti"--who led them to a peculiar building with twelve-foot-high walls and security cameras less than a mile from a Pakistani military academy. This was the courier who would unwittingly steer them to bin Laden, now a prisoner of his own making but still plotting to devastate the United States.

Bergen takes us inside the Situation Room, where President Obama considers the COAs (courses of action) presented by his war council and receives conflicting advice from his top advisors before deciding to risk the raid that would change history--and then inside the Joint Special Operations Command, whose "secret warriors," the SEALs, would execute Operation Neptune Spear. From the moment two Black Hawks take off from Afghanistan until bin Laden utters his last words, Manhunt reads like a thriller.

Based on exhaustive research and unprecedented access to White House officials, CIA analysts, Pakistani intelligence, and the military, this is the definitive account of ten years in pursuit of bin Laden and of the twilight of al-Qaeda.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307955586
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,764
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

PETER BERGEN is the author of three previous books about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, two of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is CNN's national security analyst and a director of the New America Foundation. Bergen has held teaching positions at Harvard and at Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of Oxford. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, documentary producer Tresha Mabile, and their son.

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Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden: From 9/11 to Abbottabad 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
EfuddTX More than 1 year ago
Although about 100 pages of this e-book are dedicated to photos and reference notations, the book itself was very informational and easy to read. I don't normally agree with President Obama on much, but this book shows him to be a dedicated fighter in the war on terrorism, and I'm totally onboard with that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are already familiar with the hunt for bin laden from other readings, the main events described here will not be news to you. Where this book differentiates itself is in some of the details it provides of the events that took place behind the scenes among the main players. That alone made it a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful and thoughtful description of the house where Bin Laden was found, the conditions, and other nuances not often known or reported in the media.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice summation of the hunt for UBL. Sometimes I felt like I was reading the CNN condensed version, but it is well researched and competently written, if not quite politically unbiased. Good backstory on bin Laden. People who have read "No Easy Day" will find this interesting, as the author of this book disputes "Mark Owen's" firsthand account of the raid on the compound.
CassandraFF More than 1 year ago
Thank you Mr. Peter Bergen.....your writing is SUPERB ;yes it is in my humble opinion in 3 D.!!!!! Fab -EXCELLENT-I devour it; could not lay THE BOOK DOWN; I have follow you and the interview with Osama Bin Laden !!! You as always take my BREATH AWAY . I am also from Europa and I study in London !!!! Thank you again, Good LUCK the best to you & Family Francesca Fiore P S I have NOT seen the movie....I love to read ; the MEDIA should take NOTE ....Words CUT DEEPER THEN A SWORD .....Francesca
TFergSR More than 1 year ago
The book provided a great deal of detail and information without the sensationalism of the movie Zero Dark Thirty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about one of the most hated men in history and the hunt to bring him to justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great research. Great writing. Great detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well researched book on the hunt for OBL. It reads as easily as a popular novel or thriller - but then truth is usually better than fiction anyway. Highly recommended. Try to ignore "reviews" that are just personal rants by silly people who enjoy showcasing their ignorance.... JC
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Damn thats alot of talk but can u walk the talk? And if you do incounter terriorist do u think that they will let u go or capture them.No!!! They will blow your bains out. Im not supporting the terriorist they just dont lay down and give up. And their is no way your gandfather had a shot at hitler, it would be more like your gandfather got shot by hitlers guards. So you are making up a lie to sound like a badass.-Drake
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read the book yet... but i know how it went down... i was ten when they found him... i saw the whole thing on the news for like 5 weeks after he was shot and killed... but his little "gang" is still out there... they are probably still K-I-L-L-I-N-G, (for the little ones out there...), innocent people who don't deserve to die! Getting rid of one doesnt get rid of all the evilness that made up his "gang" for at least ten years! If they can read... NOTE THIS... BIN LADENS "GANG"... I shall hunt you down and make you pay... for K-I-L-L-I-N-G innocent people before, during, and after the attack of 9/11/01 tht was a horrible year... and if i EVER make it into the army... then you'd better plead for mercy... and even if you do... i might say... its not good enough... yoy killed a bunch of people... death, or prison for the rest of your lives? If you dont answer in 2 minutes... it wil be the first choice for you! How would you guys react to that? If you were a terriorist... what would you want? Life in prison, or DEATH? type in 9/11/2001 to give me your decisions... i just want to know what the mojority of you guys would say... and do you think a girl that has no experience with guns could get into the army to avenge her Great-Grandfathers death? From WWII? He saw Adolf Hitler... and he must've been scared... would yoy guys have been scared? Or would you have killed Hitler and end the war? Cause my great-grandpa had that choice... but he chose to let the war go on... if you hate him... (my great-grandpa) he only saw Hitler for 2 seconds... so he didnt have much time to pull out his EMPTgun, reload his EMPTY gun, abd shoot Hitler to end WWII... So dont blame my great-grandfather... OR ELSE!!!!!!!
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KerrProp More than 1 year ago
Peter L. Bergen Nailed It!! This book is very well written.He gives you all the facts and honest analysts that is needed to write this kind of book. I was hook by his well informed and thrilling real-life account of nonfiction.
BettyF More than 1 year ago
I am half way through the book as I write this. I had been curious as to how they went about finding Bin Laden and this book does answer all of my questions. There were times when I felt that it got off track, but overall it was good. As I said in my first sentence, I am half way through the book . . . . now my durn Nook broke!
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Rikalonius More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish.  It really kept me interested like I was reading a whodunit thriller in which I had to keep reminding myself that it was real life.  Very well researched.  I couldn't put it down.
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Enjoyed the read.