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13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi Paperback – September 8, 2015
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"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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This detailed account of the battles that were fought is riveting. It's something that took me through the emotional spectrum of gratitude to anger to tears. I am so grateful for the Warriors who stood up to protect our fellow Americans...to fight for them...and yes, to even die for them. I will never forget Glen Doherty...and the fact that he said, "I'll go"...because that is who Glen was. And I will never forget Ty 'Rone' Woods, because, due to my immense respect for him, I wear his Memorial Bracelet. I believe that all who fought, that this group of men from both Benghazi and Tripoli, are heroes of the highest order. And this book allows the reader to see that.
Imho, the government and our military turned their backs on Americans in Benghazi, and Four Americans died as a result of their inaction!!!
Free from political and main-stream media b.s....it's worth reading...more than once!!!
Kudos to the author. And Bravo Zulu to the defenders.
The US Department of State under Clinton were out of touch with the reality of Libya and failed to secure compounds. The CIA was almost as incompetent when the professionals had apparently replaced knowledgeable individuals with career bureaucrats who were out of touch with reality. The CIA reluctance help resulted in a delay that almost certainly resulted in Ambassador Stevens death.
This was cascaded even more by the US Government at all levels. The President, Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of State were miserable failures. Their politics and lack of military experience was obvious and resulted in dead Americans. Farther down the line military generals further demonstrated gross incompetence from Marines in Spain who changed uniforms several times and in the end never showed up to F-16s that remained at their base in Italy and never showed up. The US Navy was never in the picture.
It is a good book if a larger group of thinking readers could grab this and study why leaders need a broader background than law and politics. Sadly few will grasp this story much less read it. This is a situation where those who don't study or understand history are bound to repeat it with deadly consequences.
This should be required reading for anyone studying military science or political science in any U.S. university.