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


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

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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 will include:

* A careful account of Obama's decision-making process in the final weeks and days as the raid was planned, as well as what NSC cabinet members were advising him the fascinating story of a group of mostly women 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.

Just as Hugh Trevor-Roper's The Last Days of Hitler was the definitive account of the death of the Nazi dictator, so too is Manhunt the authoritative, immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history.

  • Pub date: 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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