- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Twelve; 1st edition (September 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455582271
- ISBN-13: 978-1455582273
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,633 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A minute-by-minute account of what they saw, thought and did on the night of Sept. 11-12 in Benghazi...nerve-wracking."―The Washington Post
"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
"A great number of journalists and government instrumentalities have tilted at Benghazi...All of those efforts look fragmentary when placed side-by-side with 13 HOURS.'"―The Washington Post
"13 HOURS provide(s) a moving reminder of the sacrifice made by these men who had voluntarily put themselves in harm's way, and who 'believed in their work and their country.'"―The Boston Globe
"13 HOURS...sets the record straight for historians to ponder."―-The Buffalo News
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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The book first lays out the groundwork, discussing the history of Benghazi for the last several centuries so you can understand how the events of that night trace their roots back in time. Then it discusses who the GSR are. All are ex-military drawn from Navy Seals, Delta Force, and one Marine. These are men who had families and could make good money for a few months work in distant corners of the world. They didn't want to fight. They just wanted to finish their tour and get back home.
Like a good history, it connects you with the participants. You get to know the operators, two of whom died during a mortar attack that night, and Ambassador Chris Steven and Sean Smith, who perished when their diplomatic building was set ablaze while they hid in a safe room. The book draws you into real, living history, letting you draw your own conclusions about the controversy.
Any fan of military history, will find this book to be a great read. It recreates, as best as possible, a terrible night. It makes an event argued about over and over by politicians grinding their own axes into something real and personable, cutting through all the bickering and backbiting that has characterized the tragedy since.
I did not realize it was not a military force which fought off the attackers. I also did not realize there were two different facilities attacked that night. I had only listened to small portions of the congressional hearings and it seems to me I had heard more on the news about the reason for the attacks rather than the actual details of the attacks. This story is an incredible story is which must be told and should be taught. It is a frightening realization into just how easily our country can suffer a tragedy. The element of surprise will always give one side the upper hand and unfortunately we were caught off guard.
Many people take for granted the freedom's we've been afforded with little to no personal sacrifice ourselves. Many Americans have answered the call to service and many more have died. Those brave men and women only paid part of the price in terms of sacrifice; their friends, family and loved ones paid the other part. American's, some days, may argue and complain they have to wait in line too long, or because their internet is down. It's a shame we, as Americans, have so little appreciation for the sacrifices made on our behalf. It is also a blessing we are able to live life with so few real tribulations.
Thank you, to everyone, who has fought for our way of life. Always remember, freedom isn't free.
The book is well written and the story is so intense that it is hard to stop reading for any reason. It shows the bravery of the men involved in the security and how they risk their lives to protect the Americans in Benghazi. It is important for people to know that brave men defend this country daily and this story clearly depicts what these men went through during this ordeal.
I rated this book at 5 stars and I commend the warriors that were involved. Overall people were killed by terrorists and many more would have certainly died if not for the brave actions of these men. This is a fair recollection of the events as they happened and I recommend that you read this book if you have any interest of the true events that took place.
This book is amazing when you consider both sides of the story that was told to the American citizens.