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The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

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New York Times bestseller: The true behind-the-scenes story of the manhunt for the 9/11 mastermind is "a page-turner" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

From the author of Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968, this is a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Mark Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda -- a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track -- demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war -- the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops.

After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the president had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.

"In-depth interviews with Obama and other insiders reveal a White House on edge, facing top-secret options, white-knuckle decisions, and unforeseen obstacles... Bowden weaves together accounts from Obama and top decision-makers for the full story behind the daring operation." -- Vanity Fair

"The most accessible and satisfying book yet written on the climactic event in the United States' long war against al Qaeda." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Publication Date: September 1, 2018
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 289 Pages
  • File Size: 1,295 KB

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