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Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi Kindle Edition

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"AMAZING READ." --"Politico" "A gripping first-hand narrative of the night of the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, pieced together from intelligence reports and eyewitness accounts . . . [The authors] keep the politics out of it and let the events of that night speak for themselves." --"Huffington Post" "Heart-stopping, minute-by-minute detail . . . Much more a tale of valor on the ground than a story about the overshadowing grandstanding we've witnessed from those in Washington's bleachers." --Graydon Carter, "Vanity Fair" "A wealth of information that paints a night-long war . . . The harrowing story of the firefight faced by those who escaped the compound and the two terrorist attacks that night on the CIA's annex in Benghazi."--"Washington Examiner" "A compelling read." --"The Atlantic Wire" "This is a gripping, authoritative account of a tragedy that's not going away. What happened in Benghazi on that fateful night counts, because it's the moment when the Arab Spring took a wrong turn and drove into the abyss. It tells the story of a Washington too blinded by politics to see the facts. A wonderful book." --Robert Baer, former CIA operative and "New York Times" bestselling author of "See No Evil" "A stunning reconstruction of events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. It will be particularly instructive to those who have a limited knowledge of the processes for providing security for our diplomats serving abroad." --Admiral B. R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) "A gripping chronological account of the attack. Readers will clearly comprehend how the DS agents were put into an impossible, life-threatening situation with few of the ready assets associated with American power . . . Authoritative account of a still-controversial spasm of anti-American violence." --"Kirkus"

About the Author

FRED BURTON is Vice President of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at Stratfor, a leading geopolitical intelligence firm, and is one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organizations. He is a former State Department counter-terrorism deputy chief and DSS Agent and the author of a bestselling memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and Chasing Shadows.

SAMUEL M. KATZ is an internationally recognized author and expert on Middle East security issues, international terrorism, counter-terrorism, and special operations. His books include Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the Manhunt for the Al-Qaeda Terrorists, and The Hunt for the Engineer: How Israeli Agents Tracked the Hamas Master Bomber.

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  • File Size: 1895 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250041104
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C74YQFC
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bruning on September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fred Burton and Sam Katz are two of the nation's leading experts on radical Islamic terrorism. They've come together to unravel the tangled web of the attack in Benghazi in September 2012. In the process, they'e created a truly special book. At once inspiring, maddening, and ultimately, tragic, the book chronicles the ordeal of those brave Americans who faced the fires that day.

This book will rewrite the cloudy narrative of Benghazi once and for all. It is a must read for all Americans and anyone interested in understanding the implications the attack will have on the United States and its foreign relationships.

Cannot recommend highly enough.

John R Bruning
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Good on September 5, 2013
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This fact-filled account of a very difficult episode in our diplomatic efforts in a very dangerous foreign field at a critical time in world events is just awesome. I appreciated all the background and supporting information that was presented. At once I am outraged, horrified and ashamed to learn the details surrounding the loss of life of courageous Americans doing what they were trained for and passionate about. The telling of their story brings them due honor and should convict and humble our country's leadership
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Annie Jacobsen on September 3, 2013
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An outstanding work of research and reporting. Burton, a veteran DSS officer, and Katz, a terrorism expert, used confidential sources and eyewitnesses to piece together the fateful story of what happened on the night of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Hard to put down. Fascinating pictures. I recommend this book to anyone interested in what is happening in the Middle East at the present time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ken Christensen on September 28, 2013
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The well-written book is an apolitical account of men and women who found themselves in one of the world's hot spots, Benghazi, Libya, at a time that would turn into tragedy in September 2012. Four gallant servants of the United States of America rendered their lives, while serving their country.

Upon finishing the reading of the book, persons unfamiliar, should take away a basic knowledge (and also hopefully an appreciation) of the Diplomatic Security Service - the who, what, where, when, and why.

The authors do an excellent job providing background and details of places, organizations, political tensions, and people, thereby furnishing readers with an educational source that is not readily available elsewhere.

The pace of the book is rapid, covering background, events just prior to the attack, stages of the attack itself, rescue, and the attack's aftermath, in a manner that reflects support and admiration for the heroes involved.

Several graphics of the attack site are included and are essential for the understanding of the tragic story. The book is well-documented. A helpful glossary is included to assist the reader in coping with numerous abbreviations and acronyms common to government organizations. Several color photos are included that enhance the book. An excellent index is also provided.

Readers should be aware that there is more of this story to be told at a later time, as investigations and fact-finding are still ongoing. Yet, I am glad to have read the book and am comfortable in recommending it to anyone who desires to learn more of those who serve the USA in dangerous places and in unique ways.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CJ Gunn on October 4, 2013
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Full disclosure - I was a Diplomatic Security (DS) agent for a short period of time before retiring from the FBI after 25 years, and am a long-time associate of author Fred Burton; That said, readers intent on discovering a political explanation from either side of the aisle will not find one here in this description of the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi last year. If you strongly believe the attack was a result of an anti-Islamic video, or you think there was a vast coverup of the facts by the Obama Administration, you are likely to hold to your position after finishing the book. What you will discover is a very detailed account of the initial attack against the U.S. Special Mission Compound that resulted in the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador and one of his important subordinates. There is a less detailed account of the second attack at the Annex, a (quasi-covert) CIA facility a mile away which ended with the deaths of two CIA contractors who were providing tactical security. Since Burton was a long-time Diplomatic Security agent, it is obvious he had insight into the facts concerning the initial attack, but equally obvious he and Katz had less intelligence concerning the second attack several hours later. Using colorful descriptors, the authors take you from an earlier attack on a British diplomatic contingency in Libya to the violent breach of the U.S. compound on September 11, 2012 with deft credibility. If you like to read about gear, there is great detail about the tactical equipment in use today by the State Department's overseas protection professionals at DS, the CIA, and our special forces. My one complaint is that despite their obvious access to insiders, the footnotes contain an over-reliance on less convincing sources such as the Daily Beast.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LibertyInLaw on September 17, 2013
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The run-up to this book promised more than it actually delivered. Although the authors provide a great deal of technical detail about the agencies involved in diplomatic security, the weapons used by these agents, diplomatic facilities and the like there was little "behind-the-scenes" information as the title and promotions suggested. Much of that technical detail actually felt like filler covering for lack of more essential information like the response to the attacks from Washington political and military leaders. They do elaborate in heartbreaking detail on the heroic actions of the security agents involved in the attack--especially those who tryed valiantly to find and save Ambassador Stevens. However, it is clear that the authors are either intentionally avoiding the critical questions of culpability surrounding this tragedy or don't think they are important enough to address. If you are looking for answers to the big questions look somewhere else because you won't find them here.
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