The terrorist organization lost its base in Afghanistan and many of its operatives to bombing campaigns and drone attacks. Why did President Obama decide to proceed with the raid despite the recommendations of two of his top three advisors—Vice President Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates—that he not do so? It was May 1, 2011. Clapper regarded his later musings about mass casualty attacks on the American transportation system or oil tankers in the Indian Ocean, Mr. As I read the stunning first section of Peter L. The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man. Maybe the book is so engrossing because we know how it ends and there is such an appetite for all the details.
In mapping out the route to bin Laden, from Tora Bora to Abbottabad, Bergen revives the debate over enhanced interrogation techniques. Bergen Read by Mark Deakins By Peter L. From the moment two Black Hawks take off from Afghanistan until bin Laden utters his last words, Manhunt reads like a thriller. About Manhunt From the author of the New York Times bestselling Holy War, Inc. Some were very thoughtful, but I always came away unsatisfied, feeling that the authors had worked hard but had somehow fallen short. As it turns out, weather delayed the mission by one day, and the events no longer conflicted.
Bergen says, intelligence analysts postulated that it was unlikely that he was meeting many people or moving around much, if at all. The sit-down took place in a mud hut outside the Afghan city of Jalalabad, not far from the mountains of Tora Bora. The book became a New York Times bestseller and the essential portrait of the most formidable terrorist enterprise of our time. On March 14, 2011, Mr. If you take four wives you live like a groom.
In the course of that interview bin Laden surprised Bergen by declaring war on the United States on camera, the first time he had done so before a Western audience. 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. Bergen says, as a mix of the serious and the nutty, of the operational, the aspirational and the delusional. 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. A compelling story, told with authority, of the final takedown of likely the most wanted criminal in history. Manhunt is a thrilling read.
His book is full of fascinating details and illustrates the immense pressure on national security bureaucracies to provide options to policymakers and then reduce the risks associated with their implementation. Bergen is the author of three other books, but he may be best known for a 1997 journalistic triumph: a meeting with bin Laden. When officials holding Qahtani at Guantanamo realized that he was the same man who had been turned away in Florida shortly before the attacks, they interrogated him for 48 days straight, Bergen reports. In fact, Bergen was the only outsider to tour the compound before it was destroyed by the Pakistani military. Now, in Manhunt, Bergen picks up the thread with this taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of bin Laden. How, though, to confirm that the man who walks in tight circles in the kitchen garden each afternoon, shielded from view, is bin Laden? The Web site of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, Mr.
His narrative has authority…Packed with satisfying observations…Highly readable. Bergen takes us inside that tense meeting, and along for the ride as the Black Hawk helicopters take off and White House officials monitor the raid in real time. As has been reported, the director of central intelligence at the time, Leon E. Qahtani was supposed to have been the 20th hijacker on Sept. Over the years they have become required reading for national security buffs and counterterrorism reporters.
Now, in Manhunt, Bergen picks up the thread with this taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of bin Laden. Drones have captured the public imagination, partly because they project lethal force in a manner that challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral understandings. . Bergen has held teaching positions at Harvard and at Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of Oxford. 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. He lives in Washington, D.
Donilon; the deputy national security advisers Denis McDonough and Benjamin J. It was a fatal error. 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. Investigators discovered later that hijackerwas waiting for him at the Orlando airport. Summary The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.