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  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099570226
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $27.99

Manhunt

From 9/11 to Abbottabad - the Ten-Year Search for Osama bin Laden



The definitive account of the decade-long manhunt that killed the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multi-dimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, as well as the recent campaign that gradually tightened the noose around him. Other key elements of the book include:

* A careful account of Obama's decision-making process throughout the final weeks and days during which the raid was planned, as well as what NSC cabinet members were advising him. The fascinating story of a group of (mostly female) analysts at the CIA in the HVT (High Value Target) section, who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL's whereabouts.

* The untold and action-packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the SEALs, which accounts for the confidence Obama had in tasking them with the mission.

* An analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, for the wider jihadist movement that looked to him for inspiration and strategic guidance, and for Obama's legacy.

  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099570226
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Peter Bergen

PETER BERGEN is a National Security Analyst for CNN and the author of three previous books about al Qaeda and the US-led war on terrorism, including Holy War, Inc., a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into eighteen languages. Bergen is also the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation and a research fellow at NYU's Center on Law and Security. He has reported on al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, and the Middle East for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.

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Praise for Manhunt

Tells the story of the search with considerable authority and conviction

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

His narrative has authority... Manhunt is packed with satisfying observations

The Economist

Meticulously reported, pacy and authoritative

Jason Burke, Observer

A very good, well-sourced account, as good on the White House, the military and the CIA as on what happened in Abbottabad, and as good as we're likely to get, short of an official version

Alan Judd, Spectator

The book makes for a rattling and thoroughly researched read on the last days of the world’s most notorious terrorist

Daily Telegraph

Makes for a riveting read

Mail on Sunday

Painstakingly researched

Christopher Hirst, Independent

Grippingly narrated… Has the feel of a definitive work

Julian Borger, Guardian

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