Normally, I’d say contracting an illness is a bad thing, but this time it forced me to lay low, which allowed me plenty of time to read. (There’s a point coming, I promise!) I decided I would read 13 Hours. I’m ashamed to say the first time I heard about it is when I saw the movie trailer in the theater. I’m the kind of person who likes to read the book before seeing the movie. I’m also the kind of person who doesn’t pay close attention to the news. In my opinion, they tend to sensationalize the bad stuff and not give credit or promote the good stuff. Again, just my opinion.
So, after all of that…let’s get to the book. It’s as far from political as you can get. It’s purely told from the point of the operators—the “boots on the ground.” I should give the full title because it is a very apt summary of the book. 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.
Here’s the description:
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.
13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country.
13 HOURS is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book–but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men–and what they accomplished–is unforgettable. Continue reading “An Intense Read: 13 Hours”