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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.