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5.0 out of 5 stars TRACKING THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED TERRORIST, May 2, 2012
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This review is from: Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (Kindle Edition)
Five INVESTIGATIVE Stars! In "Manhunt: The Ten Year Search For Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad", author and national security expert Peter Bergen promises the full story on the tracking down and killing of the Al-Qaeda terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, and the book is full of detail on the manhunt, the raid, and the aftermath. He actually met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in March 1997 conducting an interview for CNN with two fellow journalists. While bin Laden came off as a mild-mannered person during the interview, his rhetoric spewed "a raw hatred of the United States" and he effectively declared war on the USA. Four years later on 9/11, bin Laden sent Al-Qaeda personnel into the USA to launch his attack on the American people at famous landmarks, killing over 3000 people who also represented citizens of over 90 countries. Author Bergen was the first outside observer to have access to bin Laden's now-destroyed Abbottabad compound in Pakistan and even standing in the bedroom where bin Laden met his demise. Based on high ranking sources, some of whom are named, he was able to trace the CIA's tracking of bin Laden's movements, his familial relationships, and to recreate how the CIA sifted through the haystack of possibilities: finding the key courier that led the US to the compound, and the circumstances of the raid. Indeed, the pursuits of fugitives such as Adolph Eichmann and Mir Aimal Kansi provided the CIA some methodology in the bin Laden chase. Along the way, the author addresses many interesting persons and circumstances: the bin Laden compound's purchase and functional architecture, the most dangerous job in Al-Qaeda, the truth about bin Laden's kidney disease, what really happened at Tora Bora, Al-Qaeda's Operational Security techniques, bin Laden's tangled polygamous familial relationships, internal disagreements within Al-Qaeda, the intelligence windfall of bodyguard Abu Jandal, the 4 key parameters of the 'Rebecca' analyst's "Inroads" paper, KSM and Qahtani, the Jordanian doctor, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the "Holy Toledo" moment, the "Red Team", multiple raid options, "The Decision", the complexity of the raid, bin Laden's last words, the true reaction vs the official reaction in Pakistan, and the aftermath. This is an impressive feat of investigative journalism, building up to and going beyond a crucial historical moment bringing to justice the greatest mass murderer in US history. My Highest Recommendation! Five COMPELLING Stars. (384 total pages~3708 KB, with 3 maps, and over 40 photographs and documents, with bibliography and notes. This review is based on a Kindle download, reviewed in text and text-to-speech modes.)
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Initial post: May 4, 2012 2:44:30 PM PDT
MaryMR says:
RBSProds: did the Kindle edition contain all the photos, notes, bibliography, etc.?

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 8:02:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 8:57:43 AM PDT
RSProds says:
Yes, there are: 3 maps 2 photo insert packs containing over 20 photos and documents in each insert pack~40 total (when it comes to photos, documents, and such, my KindleTouch shows them in black and white, so I view them on computer which shows the appropriate photos in color- not sure if the Kindle Fire shows color photos); Bibliography of books, notes, documents, speeches, documentaries, interviews; Notes of prologue entries and each chapter's entries, some with internet hyperlinks, though some didn't work on KindleTouch. If your get the Kindle computer app for the Mac or PC and the app for the iPhone or smartphones, the book can be read across Kindle, computer, and smart phone platforms simultaneously and it syncs to the farthest point read (as long as you have wireless enabled on the Kindle so progress can be shared).

I was surprised some reviewers wanted *more* detail; I was happy the author didn't use 'filler' to push the book to over 4-500 pages. He made his points and moved on to the next topic without dwelling unnecessarily. Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 3:42:00 AM PDT
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Posted on May 28, 2012 11:14:12 AM PDT
"bin Laden sent Al-Qaeda personnel into the USA to launch his attack on the American people at famous landmarks, killing over 3000 people who also represented citizens of over 90 countries." There is no solid evidence of OBL being the planner, organizer or commander of those who committed 9/11 terrorist acts: such evidence (if it exists, which highly doubtful by now) is yet to be presented by anyone, including the author of the book, commented on. At the best of knowledge accessible to general American public, he was considered a spiritual leader of anti-US jihad and, almost certainly, knew about the upcoming attacks, but not more than that...

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 11:20:16 AM PDT
Marc Starcke says:
Rodgriquez should be in prison. Bin Laden was a CIA asset and nothing more.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 6:36:49 PM PDT
Bill Emblom says:
Wow! Great review! I bought this book a few months ago. I guess it's time I read it.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 2:24:15 PM PST
Solipso says:
I clicked that this review was helpful, but it would have been more helpful--that is, easier to read--if it had been broken into paragraphs. Large blocks of print are intimidating. And, at least with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, sometimes my eyes get lost trying to travel from the end of one line to the beginning of the next.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 5:07:26 PM PST
MaryMR says:
Just a note to let you know that you can magnify most browser pages by pressing Ctrl and +. You can do this multiple times in a row to get it larger and larger and then can make the page smaller again with Ctrl and - (repeating as needed). I do this all the time with small print; give it a try. Mary

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 2:12:09 PM PST
Solipso says:
Reply to MMR (preceding comment):

Thank you very much, MMR. That was quite helpful. (And I've been using a desktop computer since 1996. Sheez!)

Using your tip to magnify with ctrl + , makes the above review easier to read. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 2:25:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 2:28:35 PM PST
MaryMR says:
You are welcome; I've been doing it for years but initially discovered it quite by accident. It works in email also; it beats grabbing magnifiers all the time. Windows (and probably MAC) has several "accessibility" tools, so check them out. Once has to do with resizing, although I find the Ctrl+ and Ctrl- to be sufficient.
Mary
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