13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi


The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.
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The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.

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.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi is a 2014 historical action book by American author Mitchell Zuckoff.

13 Hours attempts to tell the truth about the terrorist attack by Islamist militants at the American diplomatic compound and the CIA station in Benghazi, Libya.  The attacks were on September 11, 2012, the 9/11 anniversary. It is from the point of view of the compound’s defenders.  They were a group of 6 Global Response Staff (GRS) operators, private security contractors for the CIA. It only tells the reader what happened during those 13 hours. The book does not discuss the political controversy surrounding the attacks. It was later adapted into a feature film directed by Michael Bay in 2016.

13 Hours tells the story of the heroism of the GRS operators. Their attempt to rescue the USA ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. They both died in the attack. The terrorists continued their attack on the CIA station a few hours later. Two additional US citizens Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods were killed.  Many others were wounded.

This story about patriotism, bravery and duty is a must read and highly recommended.

If you are too lazy to read the book, the MOVIE version entitled 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is available HERE.

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Genres: History, Intelligence & Espionage, Military
Tags: 13 hours, Recommended Books
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Year: 2015
ASIN: 1455538442
ISBN: 1455538442

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MItchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II. His previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, one of Amazon.com's "Best Books of 2009"; Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, a New York Times Editors' Choice book; and Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, which received the Christopher Award and was named a Massachusetts Honor Book. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award.

Zuckoff's magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications. He is a former special projects reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors' Public Service Award, among other national honors. He lives outside Boston.

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