Manhunt : From 9/11 to Abbottabad - the Ten-Year Search for Osama bin Laden

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Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multi-dimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, as well as the recent campaign that gradually tightened the noose around him. Other key elements of the book include:

* A careful account of Obama's decision-making process throughout the final weeks and days during which the raid was planned, as well as what NSC cabinet members were advising him. The fascinating story of a group of (mostly female) analysts at the CIA in the HVT (High Value Target) section, who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL's whereabouts.

* The untold and action-packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the SEALs, which accounts for the confidence Obama had in tasking them with the mission.

* An analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, for the wider jihadist movement that looked to him for inspiration and strategic guidance, and for Obama's legacy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 378g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009957022X
  • 9780099570226
  • 89,435

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‘Gripping…Bergen has an eye for memorable close-ups. His narrative has authority…Highly readable’ Economist

This is a taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of Osama bin Laden.
Here are riveting new details of Bin Laden's flight to Tora Bora after the crushing defeat of the Taliban, 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 life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda.

Half a world away, Bergen takes us inside the Situation Room, where President Obama considers the 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 Ops 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.

‘A rattling and thoroughly researched read on the last days of the world’s most notorious terrorist’
Daily Telegraph

‘Meticulously reported, pacy and authoritative’
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"His narrative has authority... Manhunt is packed with satisfying observations"
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"Tells the story of the search with considerable authority and conviction" -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times * "His narrative has authority... Manhunt is packed with satisfying observations" * The Economist * "Meticulously reported, pacy and authoritative" -- Jason Burke * Observer * "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 * "The book makes for a rattling and thoroughly researched read on the last days of the world's most notorious terrorist" * Daily Telegraph *
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About Peter Bergen

PETER BERGEN is a National Security Analyst for CNN and the author of three previous books about al Qaeda and the U.S.-led war on terrorism, including Holy War, Inc., a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into eighteen languages. Bergen is also the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation and a research fellow at NYU's Center on Law and Security. He has reported on al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, and the Middle East for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
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