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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter L. Bergen Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780307969552
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Holy War, Inc., this is 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 multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him. Other key elements of the book will include:

A careful account of Obama’s decision-making process as the raid was planned

The fascinating story of a group of CIA analysts—largely women—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

An analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, and for Obama’s legacy. 

Just as Too Big to Fail captured, in riveting detail, the anatomy of this decade’s financial disaster, so too isManhunt one of the key stories of this decade: the authoritative, immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Virtually crackles with insider details…Bergen’s Pakistani sources gave him new insight into bin Laden’s home life…The details of the SEAL raid itself…[make] for compelling reading. Bergen puts the raid into a broader intelligence framework and deftly recreates the heart-thumping tension of that night and the calculations that went into pulling off the daring mission…Bergen’s three other books have become required reading for national security buffs and counterterrorism reporters. But Manhunt is different. It goes to a higher level…Bergen has accomplished a journalistic feat: He manages to make the story of bin Laden’s end sound new. He has put together a real-life thriller that will be a must-read for years to come.”

    Washington Post

  • “A gripping read…Bergen has an eye for memorable close-ups. His narrative has authority…Packed with satisfying observations…Highly readable.”


  • “Some of the more illuminating sections of Manhunt concern the efforts of intelligence analysts to piece together a ‘working theory’ about Bin Laden’s whereabouts…Also fascinating are the descriptions of internal debates within the Obama administration.”

    New York Times

  • “The best reporting we have on the subject.”


  • “Bergen…draw[s] on his excellent government sources, his deep knowledge of al Qaeda, and his reporter’s instincts (which got him into the Abbottabad compound just after the raid). His book is full of fascinating details and illustrates the immense pressure on national security bureaucracies to provide options to policymakers and then reduce the risks associated with their implementation.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “Gripping…Dramatic…A masterful account of bin Laden’s life and activities, how al Qaeda operated in the aftermath of September 11, and the American government’s success in tracking down the world’s most notorious terrorist leader.”

    Washington Times

  • “Terrific…A fast-paced narrative that takes you into the search for the most-wanted man in human history.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Uncanny access and research…A fascinating account…The story is riveting because it is as if Bergen were embedded everywhere—the situation room of the White House, three miles high in the rugged mountains of Tora Bora, and alongside the Navy SEALS who would put a quick and dramatic end to bin Laden’s life.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “I devoured it. It’s an important book, which I urge you to read as soon as you can…Bergen’s moment-by-moment account of the raid makes for gripping, even breathless, reading.”

    Bismarck Tribune

  • “This superbly researched account of the United States’ decade-long effort to track and kill bin Laden provides the intimate details on virtually every critical decision along the way…The book actually transcends its subject matter, demonstrating the best practices of critical thinking by the people who do it best…Present[s] the evidence on both sides of even the most controversial issues, without agenda or bias…Compelling and authoritative.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Dispassionate and authoritative…What the author brings to this epic story is context and perspective…Bergen has the credibility to tell this story.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Bergen offers rather intriguing profiles of the four wives…Bergen’s telling of the actual operation—flashing from Special Ops movements to administration anticipation, including the White House Correspondents Dinner, where Seth Meyers famously made a crack about Bin Laden having a show on C-SPAN—is riveting.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “In Manhunt, Peter Bergen has produced a page-turner rich with new information and insight into the search for Bin Laden and his killing. Only Bergen, America’s foremost counterterrorism writer, could have produced a book of such energy and authority—a triumph.”

    Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars

  • “Ten years of grit, intelligent hard work, and daring led to Operation Neptune Spear, and Bergen captures it all in a story that is both a riveting page turner and a definitive history. Revealing details of bin Laden’s last years in self-imposed prison, the debates of the CIA analysts who tracked him, and the training of the SEALs who killed him, Manhunt is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the real story of how the world’s most wanted terrorist was finally brought to justice.”

    Eric Greitens, author of The Heart and the Fist

  • “With masterly reporting, Peter Bergen takes us where we’ve never been: behind the high walls of Osama bin Laden’s last hideout and behind the scenes of the heroic and painstaking hunt for the Al Qaeda mastermind. Manhunt is a thrilling read.”

    Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author
Author Peter L. Bergen

Peter L. Bergen is the author of Holy War, Inc., which has been translated into eighteen languages, and The Osama bin Laden I Know. They were both named among the best nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post, and documentaries based on the books were nominated for Emmys. Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst and a fellow at the New America Foundation and New York University’s Center on Law & Security. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television, Discovery, and CNN. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, and other publications.

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.