Countdown bin Laden By Chris Wallace
Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice (Chris Wallace’s Countdown Series) By Chris Wallace
Book/Novel Author: Chris Wallace
Book/Novel Title: Countdown bin Laden
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Following Chris Wallace’s “riveting” (The New York Times) and “propulsive” (Time) first book Countdown 1945 comes a deeply reported, revelatory, and thrillingly told account of the final months of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.On August 27, 2010, three CIA officers ask for a private meeting with CIA Director Leon Panetta. During that secret session, they tell Panetta that agents have tracked a courier with deep Al Qaeda ties to a three-story house at the end of a dead-end street in Abbottabad, Pakistan. But they say it’s more than a house—it’s a heavily protected fortress. No one in the meeting says the name bin Laden. They don’t have to. Everyone understands that finally, after nearly a decade, maybe, just maybe, they’ve found the world’s most wanted man. In Countdown bin Laden, celebrated journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace delivers a thrilling new account of the final eight months of intelligence gathering, national security strategizing, and meticulous military planning that leads to the climactic mission when SEAL Team Six closes in on its target. The book delivers new information collected from Wallace’s in-depth interviews with more than a dozen central figures, including Admiral William H. McRaven—leader of the operation in Pakistan—as well as CIA Director Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and two members of SEAL Team Six who participate in the raid, including the special operator who kills Osama bin Laden. Wallace also brings to life the human elements of this story, talking to families who lost loved ones on 9/11, sharing what relatives of SEAL Team Six went through, and bringing us inside the tense Situation Room during the raid. Published on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Countdown bin Laden is a historical thriller filled with intrigue, cinematic action, and fresh reporting about the race to apprehend and bring to justice the mastermind of the most consequential terrorist attack in American history.Read more
We all know the outcome, nonetheless, it reads as an actioned based fast paced fictional thriller. Also, some of the fine details that none of us new much about previously are woven very well into the rest of the narrative.
Listened to this on audiobooks, read by none other then Wallace. Ugh. So much unnecessary description- lots of descriptions on how the person poured coffee, ate a cookie, dunking it in milk, kissing a girlfriend in front of friends, just lots of filler crap.And then we get to the anti-Trump and butt-kisser Obama crap.I had to listen as I was in a car, on a long trip, with a friend.Don’t bother.
Wallace steals from O’Reilly!Why not just call it Killing Bin Laden, Chris? As stated in previous 1 star ratings Wallace just couldn’t help but go after Trump.Wallace portrays Hillary as such a smart politician (in that smart grey pantsuit) and never brings up Benghazi, destroyed subpoenaed emails,the Russian Hoax and proof the election was stolen.Nor a mention of hubby Bill not taking out Bin Laden was dereliction of writing duties.And quoting Brennan, Petraeus as such great examples of leadership. But it was the boot licking of Obama that made me throw the book across the room! (How did the police acting stupidly, guns to Mexico, Obamacare, crappy economy not get mentioned)I really hope Wallace chokes on his glass of Chardonnay in the Hamptons with his swell buddies from the left. Can’t resist but Chris you can’t even run a debate so get off the air so you will not embarrass your father.
Although it didn’t give much information that I hadn’t seen in earlier reports, I enjoyed the way the story was told. Divergences into Chris Wallace’s political views/biases, voiced largely on themes that diverted the story away from the pursuit of UBL, tainted the book for me. The portrayals of the government and military characters in the story could have been more human; instead, they bordered on hagiography at times (so-and-so was so especially handsome, so amazingly intelligent, so profoundly wise, so etc.).