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A crisply written, gripping narrative of the events of the battle in Benghazi that adds considerable detail to the public record of what happened there...[an] authoritative account."―The Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Mitchell Zuckoff is the author of six previous nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time, and a professor of journalism at Boston University.

The Annex Security Team consists of the five surviving CIA contract operators who responded to the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve; Lrg edition (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455530093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455530090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,765 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the background of Benghazi's history in the beginning and how it transitioned to the events of 2012. The fast paced, down to earth account given by the survivors made me swell with pride that there are good guys out there, willing to take on evil to protect others and what we should all hold dear. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence about what happened that horrible day and hope they would see how everything they see in 1 minute sound bytes is not always the whole story.
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A riveting account of what happened during the "battle of Benghazi". The book is hard to put down. It is the account of what happened during the attack on our diplomatic outpost and CIA annex by the heroic defenders of the compounds. The book describes what the State Department's security team experienced during the attack. The book contains little of the political back and forth just the facts of what happened during the attack. The book reads like a great thriller novel. The story shows heroes still exist in this world of ambivalence.
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Factual account of the desperate fight the defenders of our Benghazi outposts undertook. I bought this book 9/10 at Costco and finished early this morning 9/12. The author makes it quite clear this is purely a factual account - no politics. And there shouldn't be any. The brave surviving defenders who largely relate this sad event clearly want it this way.

Kudos to the author. And Bravo Zulu to the defenders.
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I just started reading this book. As a fairly centrist citizen, I usually base my opinions off of what I hear someone says. It's so nice to be able to read some facts from people who were actually there. If you don't know the facts, this is a good place to learn them. It's much easier to form an opinion when the "facts" skip the media and political biases both liberal and conservative. It's a heartwarming story to know that there are people who care so much about us that they are willing to march into death for us.
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By far one of the best books I've ever read. I laughed a couple of times and I cried a lot.

In October of this year I had the honor of meeting the guys at a book signing. Having listened to the audiobook and read the Kindle version, I stood in line with three hardcopies at the ready for autographs. There was something about being in the same room with these heroes, for the first time, in a very long time, I felt completely and totally SAFE. I've met a lot of "celebrities" but this was different, it was humbling to be around the men who were IN Benghazi, who lost their friends, who saved the lives of others, who survived "13 Hours" that must have felt like a lifetime.

The book is 100% non-partisan. Stuck on a rooftop, they weren't aware of the politics behind that tragic event and Mitch does an excellent job of putting the pieces together from the vantage points of each of the survivors involved. It answered many of the questions I had, but it did leave this reader with one gnawing question and many sleepless nights: WHAT ABOUT BOB?
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`13 Hours' written by Mitchell Zuckoff is for the first time brave attempt to tell the truth about what was happening 2 years ago, on September 11, 2012 when US State Department building and CIA station were attacked in Libya.

That evening, Islamic militia in Benghazi attacked the US diplomatic building killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Sean Smith. Few hours later, militia continued their attack on different building near to the first one, killing two additional US citizens Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, while many others were wounded.

Though official story what was happening is known, this story for the first time succeeds to explain in detail what was actually happening in Benghazi those too long 13 hours of attack.

Therefore, Zuckoff`s story about bravery, patriotism and duty to protect what is sacred, but most important, truthful story can be highly recommended in order those innocent victims to never be forgotten. Although to their families it will not bring back those who are gone, the truth about these events must not be hidden anymore.
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I am more a reader than a writer of reviews. This book, however, compels comment. From cover to cover it is full of information--historical along with the first-hand accounts of Benghazi heroes--that brings a greater clarity to the inevitable East-West culture clash. On that basis alone it is a must read.

But there's more: The principals in the narrative were upfront about two things: 1) They were well-paid operators hired to protect CIA employees. They knew the risk of their jobs; and 2) They had no political axe to grind.
We can only wish that our government had been as up front about the reasons for the Benghazi attack when it was known months earlier that an attack on the U.S. operation was imminent. Rather, from the top all the way down the chain of responsibility the attack became politicized as it was the election season. Recall the slogan: Osama is dead and GM is alive. In that vein, Washington described the cause for the attack as a mob reaction to a "blasphemous" video produced in the U.S. So what we had was bureaucrats in D.C. doing a hurried CYA while the guys on the ground were literally doing that to rescue U.S. State Dept. employees in a compound with substandard security for its environs. Later, in order to shore up this narrative, our State Dept. even went so far as to produce an ad declaring that our government had nothing to do with the video. This taxpayer funded ad ran on Pakistani television. Whether we will ever know the truth--something in scant supply these days--is questionable. We can hope.

I was lucky enough to see three of the heroes interviewed with the launch of 13 hours. What stand up guys--hard-bitten, brave, no-nonsense guys who are gentlemen--family men--with a very deep appreciation of life. We can never know exactly what they experienced. We can only salute them for their service and for their bravery--yet again--in stepping forward to tell their story.
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