[ Free eBook ] Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad Author Peter L. Bergen – Vansonphu.com
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Holy War, Inc this is the definitive account of the decadelong manhunt that killed the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin LadenAl Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him Other key elements of the book will include:A careful account of Obama’s decisionmaking process as the raid was plannedThe fascinating story of a group of CIA analysts—largely women—who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL’s whereaboutsThe untold and actionpacked history of the Joint Special Operations Command JSOC and the SEALsAn analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, and for Obama’s legacy Just as Too Big to Fail captured, in riveting detail, the anatomy of this decade’s financial disaster, so too is Manhunt one of the key stories of this decade: the authoritative, immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history I was still quite young when Osama was caught I had always been under the impression that the manhunt for the most wanted terrorist was a joint effort by the US and Pakistan Reading this book brought out aspects of the chase that I had no idea about.This is a very well written book by Bergen, which captures the entire gamut of operations starting with the bombing of the twin towers to the death of Osama It also shows the growth and fall of the AlQuaeda Getting closer to the date of the actual raid brings about the tense moments and also the implications of a failed operation especially in the aftermath of the war on Iraq.Towards the end, the author naively believes that the biggest possible giant was toppled I guess he did not forsee the growth of ISIS Although this was a great book to read from an operations perspective, I would be interested in knowing the growth of dictators from a psychological perspective. My CNN colleague Peter Bergen's book on the hunt for Osama bin Laden is gripping Bergen is staggeringly brilliant, meticulous, levelheaded and writes clearly and factually with understated power, yet still manages ontarget stabs of droll humor like this characterization of bin Laden's dull successor, Ayman alZawahiri, calling him a black hole of charisma.According to Bergen, there was never 100 percent certainty among President Obama's advisors and intelligence analysts that bin Laden was at the walled compound The option the president chose was perhaps the riskiest, plus he went ahead against the advice of his Defense Secretary Robert Gates who was involved in Jimmy Carter's failed mission to rescue the U.S hostages in Iran.Here are some of my favorite quotes: *Michael Scheuer, founder of the CIA's bin Laden unit, on why women are great intelligence analysts: They seem to have an exceptional knack for detail, for seeing patterns and understanding relationships, and they also, quite frankly, spend a great deal less time telling war stories, chatting, and going outside for cigarettes than the boys If I could have put up a sign saying, 'No boys needs apply,' I would've done it.*Barack Obama, from his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies Negotiations cannot convince alQaeda's leaders to lay down their arms To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man, and the limits of reason *Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, on the plans of Admiral William McRaven to get bin Laden: McRaven had a backup for every possible failure, and a backup to the failure of the backup, and a backup to the failure of the backup of the backup.*Joint Chiefs Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, on the importance of witnessing in person the rehearsal of the SEALs training for the raid: If I am going to send somebody in to die, I want to[have] the opportunity to look the men in the eye Every single one of them Personally [That quote, I'm not ashamed to say, brought me to tears.]If you're looking for an objective read on the strategy behind the takedown of bin Laden, this is it. It doesn’t get“Cloak and Dagger” than this and its’ a true story Bin Laden was surely the most sought after villain and mass murderer in modern history and we are given a dramatic account of it in Peter Bergen’s book.We are presented with a C.I.A that made mistakes but was relentless in its’ 11 year pursuit of Bin Laden (well muchthan 11 years, but after 9/11 the quest became fundamental) It is also interesting that there were a substantial number of women in the C.I.A involved in the trackdown.We also come away with a greater understanding of al Qaeda and how it has diminished since the invasion of Afghanistan Still there are many splinter groups that will continue to cause murderous terror in the years to come Afghanistan and Pakistan are such dysfunctional countries that these groups can grow there.I still came away from this book wondering how much had been left out The premise is that Bin Laden’s chief courier to the outside world had been discovered and tracked to the Abbottabad compound Apparently there were some safehouses setup there to monitor the Bin Laden compound – but this is not elaborated on It would have been very conspicuous to have “Westerners” in this part of the world I also find it difficult to believe that Bin Laden was not being supported by some in Pakistan’s I.S.I and their military There are many sordid and complex connections between the Pakistani authorities and the Taliban Also it was very much within Pakistan’s interest to preserve Bin Laden – his existence was a tremendous source of money to Pakistan from the U.S With his death, these sources will now dry up.It is indeed sad, that like other evil men, Bin Laden changed the course of history We will always remember that horrendous day in September/2001 when the attack came Somehow the death of that man (however grim it may sound) gave me, at least, a sense of relief and maybe a moral closure. Hello my dear friends on this here app (at the time of writing this review Tanzeel had two (2) friends) After failing in my pursuit of tiktok fame I have retired to Goodreads in my old age Before reviewing this book just a quick disclaimer, I have a grade C in English Language GCSE so forgive my use of semi colons; randomly I procured this book in the final year of my undergraduate degree, many a moon ago We were given vouchers to buy books to help facilitate our learning The year had passed and I hadn’t used this £100 voucher and so I panic bought a bunch of books, amongst which was “Manhunt From 9/11 To Abbottabad The 10 Year Search for Bin Laden” The book sat on my bookshelf up until recently when I finally decided to read it, and boy am I glad I did Peter Bergen did a tremendous job of systematically breaking down key events that transpired which inevitably led to the death of Bin Laden The book also explored, though briefly, the root of Bin Laden theological views and what led him to lead the life he did which has always piqued my interest, considering his family’s vast fortune ‘Twas a good read and I recommend you, my friends, to read it too if you have interest in such things! Thank you for reading my first book review since primary school! Though I don’t know if I have reviewed the book sufficiently enough 😔 Absolutely brilliant A gripping account of the multilayered hunt for Osama bin Laden Even though you definitely know how it's going to end, it's fascinating stuff Especially the chapters dealing with President Obama's decision to authorise the raid or not A great companion to the equallygood nonfiction work, 'The Triple Agent' and, of course, the excellent film 'Zero Dark Thirty'.Highly recommended. Most of us already know the story of bin Laden's capture, so it wasn't any particular interest in the subject matter that led me to this book I'd just finished Bergen's United States of Jihad: Americans Fighting for Radical Islamfrom alQaeda to ISIS when this book became available in audio at my library Bergen is an exceptional journalisthe writes with a comprehensiveness that a reader can appreciate Most any question you can think of is answered, and many you did not think to ask.What was interesting about this was the political calculation behind the raid on Abbottabad: the players and the opinions Two out of three of Obama's top advisors did not recommend the raid (Gates and Biden) and only one did (Clinton) I probably would have agreed with the naysayers as I was among the few who did not think we should retaliate for 9/11, but I also thought that by 2011 bin Laden had been effectively sidelined and was almost irrelevant Besides, the disasters of previous such attempts just made the calculations too hard to certify, and going into a sovereign country unannounced is just not the way I would do things.Bergen is very nice to Michèle Flournoy, at the time Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and a member of the team watching the outcome of the raid realtime She was also founder of the New America Think Tank of which Bergen was an employee while he was writing the book Now I think Bergen has moved on, and Flournoy left government in 2012 and has several advisory roles in different nonprofits and educational and policy organizations She is on the Board of Directors of New America.The Epilogue in this book includes mention of the material that Bergen made into his book about jihadism in the U.S., andinformation about relationships in the aftermath of the raid that is still relevant to us now Bergen also talks openly of the shadowy JSOC group that may have been initially exposed in Jeremy Scahill's work on Mostly very informative, but also a bit exciting, since it's not a fiction book The author mentions very many persons, which makes it less of an pageturner, andan appraisal to the contributors of the raid Still very interesting reading I'm keeping my review simple.Holy Shit!!!!!!!!Interpret as you will.Update I decided this book deserved .My ThoughtsWe know the beginning of this story the horror of 9/11 We know the middle the ongoing search for bin Laden, the reported sightings (described as “Where’s Waldo”) and the occasional released propaganda video confirming bin Laden’s continued existence We know the end bin Laden is killed So I have to ask myself why read this book?Here’s the answer The author has written a very well researched, extremely readable story of all the steps along the way The most fascinating part was the decision making process involved once it was determined there was a high likelihood Osama bin Laden had been found Even up to the very end this was not a 100% certainty What were the different options along with the pros and cons of each? I have to say, reading the last few chapters my heart was pounding! Remember the famous photo of the President Obama, VicePresident Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and several high ranking military and cabinet members sitting around a small table intently watching as the action was taking place? At this point, I was so invested in the story, I felt like I was right there.If you think that have even a fleeting interest in this topic, here is the book to read! Highly informative and entertaining. This book will keep you riveted, cover to cover It's a powerful story It's told with a minimum number of acronyms and bureaucratic jargon Peter Bergen's knowledge of his topic shines through.The heart of the book is the was long and detailed planning for the final operation As important as the mission was planning for Pakistan's response to its success or failure There was advance negotiating for alternative air rights in the event of retaliation by closing US access to Afghanistan The US paid $2 million in blood money for the release of Raymond Davis, a CIA agent held for the murder in broad daylight of two Pakistanis who could be killed in prison The principals had to maintain poker faces in public during the hours before the operation notably President Obama joking at the Press Club Dinner and Michael Leiter (Head of the National Center for Counterterrorism) following through in his wedding plans President Obama released his birth certificate as the SEALs left the US, was this part of a plan to distract the press?I learned that entering the house and capturing or killing its resident was the easy part (apparently SEALs do this a lot in Afghanistan and other places) But the conditions of this entry, exit and aftermath carried enormous risk The SEALs would have to slip inside a sovereign airspace undetected, land their helicopters in a neighborhood, and enter a household that, hopefully, was Bin Laden's Robert Gates and others put the chance of it being the terrorist's home was 40%.I believe this book was rushed to press Not many people could have produced a volume so informative and so engagingly written so fast, but there are gaps The Bush years are raced through What did those 2 dozen or so people at the CIA actually do for 7 years? What of the cell phones known to be in the compound belonging to users who weren't taking any such precautions (p 130 )? Why couldn't these phones be tracked for a confirmation? Was there a safe house in Abbottabad, as other accounts suggest? Doctor Shakil Africhi really stuck his neck out with the vaccination project I'm told he is being held in a Pakistani jail is he? While no longer wealthy, Bin Laden is still supporting a large family and a far flung network Where is this money coming from? The only mention of money is that donations are drying up.I liked the style of Notes While there are no numbers in the text, when you come to an item you are interested in, you can flip to the Notes section which is arranged by page number and has the referenced text in bold letters This is easier to use than conventional footnotes The Index has few further breakdowns for its entries so for most page referrals you have to guess; but the book is short, so it is still functional Many of the photos have been seen before.If you are an American, this book will make you really proud of the team Once you understand and consider the logistics and risk, you marvel at the planning, determination, training, technology and, of course, the amazing abilities of the Navy SEALs.