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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230104851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230104853
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although there is no shortage of books about bin Laden, Runkle breaks new ground by putting his story in the context of earlier manhunts that are surely less familiar to most readers. [The book] may be most appealing to those with an interest in military history, but should also find favor with a broader readership drawn to lesser known episodes in the nation's past." -- Associated Press

"Runkle's 12 manhunts illustrate key features of counterinsurgency or asymmetrical warfare strategy, and indicate how America's military leadership, and its thinking, has been shaped through the succession of such hunts and campaigns . . . Going behind the headlines, Runkle provides worthwhile background and context for understanding current wars and how they are fought." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Ben Runkle's book is an exciting history of American manhunts, successful and not, and gives tantalizing glimpses of the role the Pakistani government have played in the hunt for Bin Laden." --Stephen Peter Rosen, Harvard University

"I... was captivated. Little did I know how much I did not know concerning U.S. military manhunts. Ben's book changed all that, it is a first-class contribution to our community of interest and practice." --Dave Dillegge, editor at Small Wars Journal

"Runkle  nailed it, expertly capturing the amazing chase of manhunting... the dangerous game of cat and mouse where the hunter manipulates the hunteds' social network, intercepts their chatter, and limits their freedom of movement - to ultimately take their life. A tall boy energy drink for our modern day specops warriors." --Dalton Fury, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Kill Bin Laden

“The successful Navy SEAL raid to kill bin Laden is one of many unforgettable stories of drama, tragedy, and courage Ben Runkle gives us in this page-turning and groundbreaking work of history... A work that will be embraced by readers of both military history and the best action thrillers.”  – Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL officer and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.

"Going behind the headlines, Runkle provides worth-while background and context for understanding current wars and how they are fought." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Benjamin Runkle is a former paratrooper and presidential speechwriter with a Harvard PhD and a Bronze Star from Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He has worked in the Department of Defense and the National Security Council, and is currently a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee.  He lives in Virginia.  


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Some books must be on your bookshelf and this is one of them.
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Any government leader considering expending national resources to capture or kill a "strategic" target would do well to heed Runkle's points.
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The story telling is engrossing and the facts are well documented.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isreal Potter on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Ben Runkle has a PhD from Harvard, but he doesn't write like an academic. Intelligent and insightful: Yes. But what made me really enjoy this book was the way Runkle makes the history of U.S. Manhunts come alive with great portrayals of the larger than life heroes and villians that grace his pages. Impeccable research is one thing, and that is all here in full; but the art of turning "History" into an insightful page-turner is what makes Runkle top shelf material on the level of say a David Hackett-Fischer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cincinatus77 on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some books must be on your bookshelf and this is one of them. Ben Runkle's book, "Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden," is a superb read and a perfect primer to understanding counter-terrorist warfare. Ben is a Soldier, academic and author who provides valuable insights into one of the most important issues of our time - how to counter trans-national terrorism by striking at the head of the snake. This book explains with clarity and precision the story of our past manhunts and how hard it was to find and target some of America's most notorious enemies - Geronimo, Emilio Aguinaldo, Pancho Villa, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Abu Musab al-Zaqawi and Osama bin Laden. This book should be read by anyone interested in national security, war and international relations in the 21st Century. Most importantly, it is a vital read for the informed citizen. Review by: Colonel John Antal, US Army (Re.t), military historian, author and military affairs expert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Socha on October 15, 2011
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Having a son in "Special Forces" and an interest in military and western history this book was a must read for me. Stories of the Apache campaign, Pancho Villa, Noriega, Bin Laden and others were very interesting. Gives you a clear understanding of some of the things our troops go through to get the job done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob T on August 29, 2011
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Excellent read! Thoroughly enjoyed Runkle's historical detail and summary analysis. Any government leader considering expending national resources to capture or kill a "strategic" target would do well to heed Runkle's points.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smokey room on August 14, 2011
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"Manhunts..." is entertaining, informative, and points to a basis for dealing with terrorism into the future. The story telling is engrossing and the facts are well documented. Runkle teases out the lessons from our past successes and failures in military manhunts.
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