Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

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Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

Many have spoken to Bergen, a former television journalist who has a justified reputation as one of the most reliable and perceptive specialists in the now expansive field of "al-Qaida studies". One of the strong points of this excellent account of how Bin Laden was found and killed is much new detail. Bergen managed to get himself into the house in the northern Pakistani city of Abbottabad where Bin Laden lived from around 2005

Bergen’s Pakistani sources gave him new insight into bin Laden’s home life. Contrary to gossipy news reports, there was harmony in the household. Bin Laden’s three wives accepted polygamy and believed, as he did, that the arrangement was sanctioned by God.

“Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad” is a more focused repurposing of that material, along with new information gathered from interviews with members of the National Security Council, intelligence and counterterrorism officials and former Special Operations officers.