Brent Stirton (author photograph) New York, N.Y. Crown Publishers, 2012. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxi, , 359,  pages. This copy is inscribed by the author, Peter L. Bergen, on the title page. Inscription reads: May 7, 2012 To Bob and Annette, with thanks for your daughter who is the world's smartest and toughest (in a good way), editor. Peter Bergen. Includes 3 full page b/w maps (one on Afghanistan & Pakistan; one on bin Laden's movements from Sept. 11, 2001, to Abottabad; and one on U.S. Navy SEAL raid on Abbottabad). Has a note about this book, Prologue: A Comfortable Retirement; Bibliography, Notes, Acknowledgments, and an Index. Chapters cover 9/11 and After; Tora Bora; Al-Qaeda in the Wilderness; The Resurgence of Al-Qaeda; A Working Theory of the Case; Closing In on the Courier; Obama at War; Anatomy of a Lead; The Last Years of Osama bin Laden; The Secret Warriors; Curses of Actin; The Decision; Don't Turn On the Light; Aftermath; and Epilogue: The Twilight of Al-Qaeda. Contains riveting new details of bin Laden's flight to Tora Bora, where American forces came close to capturing him, and of the fugitive leader's attempts to find a secure hiding place. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden's life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Quaeda even as America systematically picked off his lieutenants. Based on exhaustive research and unprecedented access to White House officials, CIA analysts, Pakistani intelligence, and the military, this is the definitive account of ten years in pursuit of bin Laden. Peter Bergen is an American journalist, author, and producer who serves as CNN's national security analyst, New America's vice president, and as a professor of practice at Arizona State University ] He produced the first television interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997. The interview, which aired on CNN, was the first time that bin Laden was interviewed by Western media. The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man. It was only a week before 9/11 that Peter Bergen turned in the manuscript of Holy War, Inc., the story of Osama bin Laden--whom Bergen had once interviewed in a mud hut in Afghanistan--and his declaration of war on America. The book became a New York Times bestseller and the essential portrait of the most formidable terrorist enterprise of our time. Now, in Manhunt, Bergen picks up the thread with this taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of bin Laden. Here are riveting new details of bin Ladens flight after the crushing defeat of the Taliban to Tora Bora, where American forces came startlingly close to capturing him, and of the fugitive leader's attempts to find a secure hiding place. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Ladens Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Ladens grim, Spartan life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda even as American drones systematically picked off his key lieutenants. Half a world away, CIA analysts haunted by the intelligence failures that led to 9/11 and the WMD fiasco pored over the tiniest of clues before homing in on the man they called "the Kuwaiti"--who led them to a peculiar building with twelve-foot-high walls and security cameras less than a mile from a Pakistani military academy. This was the courier who would unwittingly steer them to bin Laden, now a prisoner of his own making but still plotting to devastate the United States. Bergen takes us inside the Situation Room, where President Obama considers the COAs (courses of action) presented by his war council and receives conflicting advice from his top advisors before deciding to risk the raid that would change history--and then inside the Joint Special Operations Command, whose "secret warriors," the SEALs, would execute Operation Neptune Spear. From the moment two Black Hawks take off from Afghanistan until bin Laden utters his last words, Manhunt reads like a thriller. Based on exhaustive research and unprecedented access to White House officials, CIA analysts, Pakistani intelligence, and the military, this is the definitive account of ten years in pursuit of bin Laden and of the twilight of al-Qaeda. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Osama Bin Laden, Terrorists, Special Operations, Terrorism, Abbottabad, al-Qaeda, Joint Special Operations Command, JSOC, Kuwaiti, William McRaven, SEAL, Taliban, Tora Bora