Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Review: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff

From Goodreads:
13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.
I have absolutely no complaints about the quality of writing.  It's ideal for those who, like me, are coming to the table with a blank slate.  I hate to admit it, but I do a terrible job of keeping up with current events and I feel like there's very little media that can be trusted.  I came to this book knowing that Benghazi was a controversy and nothing else.  I feel like this book was written for someone just like me.  Zuckoff provides enough background information for the average reader to understand the situation faced by the security operators in Benghazi and why the attacks occurred.  I also found the reporting of the event itself to be clear and concise and easy to follow.  In terms of an analysis of the situation, I was pleased to see that the author left that to others and focused only on the events that occurred and the heroism of the men who were involved.

Entertainment Value
I think this book has a great appeal to others like me who just want to know what happened, without a partisan skew either way.  It's written in an engaging voice and is accessible to the average reader, even one like me who came to the book with no prior knowledge.  While the author sticks to the facts, he presents the story in a way that is hot-stopping and had me on the edge of my seat.  I am still in awe of the bravery the American men showed and how they responded to an unexpected attack calmly and courageously.

I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about the attack itself and why it occurred.  I think it will also appeal to fans of spy/espionage thrillers and those who enjoy heroic accounts of bravery along the lines of Unbreakable or Flags of Our Fathers.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a good one for me! Have you read any of Zuckoff's other work? Frozen In Time is also excellent and one of the only books I've ever gotten my non-reader brother to (enjoyably) finish!