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13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi Hardcover – Large Print, September 30, 2014
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The Annex Security Team consists of the five surviving CIA contract operators who responded to the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.
Top Customer Reviews
Kudos to the author. And Bravo Zulu to the defenders.
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?
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If this is actually true we should be very ashamed of our government
and the Secretary of State at the time. We treated our "Americans" terrible. Read more
Zuckhoff's book is good in that in mimics Blackhawk Down. It shows the unsettled nature of relations in Benghazi right after the uprising against Ghaddaffi. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin M Quigg
had some facts that i never heard about. the state dept should have removed everyone prior to attack as others didwith their personalPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A tremendous true account of the events leading to the disaster in Benghazi. This tells how the trust put in local military personnel in Benghazi was probably one of the reasons... Read morePublished 2 days ago by D. L. Vandruff