The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (Paperback)

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The Finish is based on months of research, analysis and reporting, and features exclusive interviews with key sources inside the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House and with Navy SEALS and other Special Forces operators past and present. It paints a big picture of everything that went into the raid and takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded, as only veteran reporter and bestselling author Mark Bowden can do.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2012.

— Justin, Atlanta


From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, 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.

About the Author

Mark Bowden is the author of nine books, including the #1 New York Times best seller Black Hawk Down. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. His most recent book is Worm: The First Digital World War.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802121523
ISBN-10: 0802121527
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 276
Language: English