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The Hunt for bin Laden (Kindle Single) by [Post, Washington]
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As an end-to-end report on the 15-year pursuit of Osama bin Laden, there may be no better primer than this Kindle Single, which covers the rise of the threat, the missed chances, the 9/11 attacks, the earnest manhunt, the distractions, the dearth of intelligence that followed, and the violent conclusion of the search. Tom Shroder edits dozens of contributors' Washington Post reporting from over fifteen years, resulting in an essential digest of the apex jihadist as considered through the perspective of CIA and the White House--no matter who issued your passport. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: The Washington Post (June 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058JGLEW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Richard H. Brown on July 3, 2011
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A balanced and ojective coverage. Written by seasoned team. Anyone looking for support of their political stance will not find it here.
Most appreciative this has been made available.
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Wait for the insider version. Although it reads as advertised, the substance is too close in time to the event to give us the rich underpinnings of this search, including personalities and details, which make for the kind of riveting reading found in such books as "Too Big to Fail." It will take longer to get that kind of reportage in this case, but for starters this is an appetizer.
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With all the coverage that the Washington Post has on hand, I expected this to be an interesting and worth keeping "book." It is greatly disappointing, containing no images or graphics at all, and short to boot. A waste of even 1.99.
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The Hunt for bin Laden traces the actions that culminated in the death of bin Laden. One is grateful for this piece and its strong central narrative. Still, it has to be said that the piece suffers from sloppy editing and, at times, unclear writing.

For example, the writer needed to say 1:15 PM or 1:15 AM, not just 1:15 Afghanistan time. The narrative concerning the certainty level of bin Laden's being there in the compound is a little garbled. Also, the use of slang can be disturbing. Maybe Navy Seals refer to going "tits up," but it seems more inept than anything else to say that the "Abbottabad compound was fishier than week old trout." (Remember how carefully Tom Wolfe handled the slang in The Right Stuff.) The piece doesn't always meet expected journalistic standards, and I wish it did. For example, the space shuttle Endeavour is referred to as the Endeavor. We are told once that Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and then a few paragraphs later we are told that Islamabad is the "capitol."

I see a great deal of value in this sort of publication and hope that future examples will be more carefully produced.
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Overall, Shroder does a good job in "the Hunt for Bin Laden," writing objectively and with authority but perhaps most importantly, omitting much of the "rah-rah," that some writers have put into the subject; giving the reader the facts in a nutshell without rushing through or becoming nakedly partisan when questions of politics and political will are in question. His approach seems to be "just the facts"--even when telling the reader of the Bush administration's refocusing our military's mission on the war in Iraq which drew personnel and resources away from the search for America's deadliest and most successful enemy since the second World War. One thing that is especially good about Shroder's narrative is that he accomplishes all that he does without resorting to bursts of cheerleader subjectivity and the too-friendly colloquialism that can be found in other books on the topic.

Tom Shroder's "The Hunt for Bin Laden," is obviously high-speed writing, but it is also high-quality, high-speed writing. It certainly needed additional work from an editor, but its editorial flaws are in places and of kinds that the average reader may not notice.

If you want to understand some version of what happened to Bin Laden for all those years and how we managed not to find him for nearly a decade after Al-Qaeda's seemingly immortal leader walked out of our grasp in the mountains of Afghanistan only to surface again in Abottobad in the heart of Pakistan, Shroder's: "The Hunt for Bin Laden" will provide you with a short, riveting read.

I recommend it highly.
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This is a short summary of The Washington Post coverage of the Capture of Bin Laden. I found out some things I didn't know before and read again the exciting tale of capture. Zero Dark Thirty gave me a very good image of the raid. What I read very clearly here and still am wondering about is something the assassinated Moussoud asked the American troops under Clinton and still haven't been answered in my opinion, the Taliban, Pakistani intelligence and financiers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates? I think the US has worked on all three since then but a war stirs them up. How do we make peace without creating continual conflict that harms us all?
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I only read this a few weeks ago, and already I've almost forgotten most of it. How can anyone turn what must have been an adrenaline filled event into something so snooze-inducing? My kid sister used to beg me for a bed time story when she was little. When not in the mood, I told her the shortest one I knew: "Once upon a time, there was a man. He lived. He died. The end." This is not much different.
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I was miffed that it was only 55 pages. Still a newbie to Kindle, so I was surprised it was over so quickly. They mentioned when bin Laden discarded his cell phone (something more of us should do) but did not address the role of the reporter who publicized that the US was tracking him electronically. Just recently New Yorker (available on our favourite device) came out with a much better treatment of the Raid. The Kindle booklet is essentially a rehash without offering any insights on the Great Man Hunt. And all this time I thought bin Laden was driving a taxi in Fresno.
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