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  • How is Mark Bowden's book on the Bin Ladin raid?

    Just released.

    Anybody read it? Good? Toss?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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    He was on the Greta VanSusteren show last night. Greta said she really enjoyed the book and almost couldn't put it down. Mark mentioned that Biden didn't want Obama to approve the raid to take out bin-Laden (political risk a-la Carter). Originally SecDef wanted a missile strike to do the job, but when he got back to the office his assistants convinced him that it wouldn't work and he went back and told Obama that it had to be a boots on the ground raid to ensure bin-Laban was dead. I have it on my list to ask the local library to obtain and they really welcome patrons input on books.
    Too Much To Do Too Little Time

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    • #3
      Here is an interview with Bowden on Wired.

      http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012...den-bin-laden/
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      • #4
        Surprised this book got so little attention here -

        Nobody read it yet ?
        Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

        Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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        • #5
          There's a special based on the book on the Discovery Channel.
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          • #6
            Looks like everybody should wait for the next edition. One of the reviews on Amazon said the book came with an addendum card which states that future editions will incorporate details from No Easy Day.
            If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Legate View Post
              Looks like everybody should wait for the next edition. One of the reviews on Amazon said the book came with an addendum card which states that future editions will incorporate details from No Easy Day.
              Thanks for the info, was going to order it guess I will wait.
              Too Much To Do Too Little Time

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              • #8
                Well I read "No Easy Day" and essentially it's the worst special forces narrative I have read so far.

                I had ordered Bowden's book, wonder where the heck UPS left it.

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                • #9
                  Well I wanted to update people when I finished it - but I'm not going to. It's crap.

                  If you want a good book on the Bin Ladin hunt, read Chuck Pfarrer's

                  http://www.amazon.com/SEAL-Target-Ge...ords=bin+laden

                  If you want a great Mark Bowden read "Guests of the Ayatollah"
                  http://www.amazon.com/Guests-Ayatoll.../dp/0802143032

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