Peter Bergen: May 7, 2012

(Click on link below to hear the second half of Bill’s interview with Peter Bergen)

By Bill Martinez

   Peter Bergen:

“Manhunt-The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden”





Published to coincide with the first anniversary of bin Laden’s death, MANHUNT is based on unprecedented interviews with key players and exclusive access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before it was demolished

“Don’t turn on the light.” These were the last words bin Laden would ever utter. It was a moonless night, there were strange sounds of explosions, and bin Laden and his youngest wife were effectively trapped in the third-floor bedroom of his fortress-like compound. As the SEALs climbed the stairs, bin Laden opened the metal gate that blocked access to his room—a gate that could only be opened from the inside—and poked his head out to see what the commotion was. It was a fatal error. He would die with a “double tap” of shots to the chest and his left eye. It was May 1, 2011.

In MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (on sale May 1), CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen—America’s foremost writer on counterterrorism—offers an unforgettable, panoramic, inside account of how bin Laden was brought to justice. The book is the result of exhaustive research, unprecedented interviews with key players, and exclusive access to the Abbottabad compound in which bin Laden lived his final years. In fact, Bergen was the only outsider to tour the compound before it was destroyed by the Pakistani military. He is also one of only two journalists given access by the White House to the “treasure trove” of materials collected there.

Bergen’s account of the raid itself is riveting, but it is only one element of a decade-long story that began on September 12, 2001. Where did bin Laden hide after the 9/11 attacks, and how did he evade capture? What blind avenues did the CIA travel, and what clues finally led them to him? How did the SEALs prepare for Operation Neptune Spear? Why did President Obama decide to proceed with the raid despite the recommendations of two of his top three advisors—Vice President Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates—that he not do so?

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