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 13 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 best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes listeners 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.
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It was mesmerizing from the first chapter. I listened to it straight though; I just could not help myself. And even as I listened I wondered within myself " How does America still produce such men'. I am in awe of each of them and thankful to and for each of them. I do not think anyone can read this story without being flooded with all types of emotions. For those who came home let there be Peace; for those who did not let there be Rest, for those who did nothing to help let there be Shame.
Breathes there the man with soul so dead Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentrated all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonored , and unsung. [Sir Walter Scott]
I would like to have read over the transcripts of Hillary Clinton's testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations [January 23, 2013] before writing my review, but I've only read 20 pgs., available on-line, so far and am too conflicted to read further. The dance around the facts -- the Washington Spin -- both saddens and disgusts me. Granting that the head that wears the crown must bear the burden of the kind of baby-splitting wisdom that mere citizens *can't handle such truths*...I've always hoped that at the very least there remained a patriotic duty to protect our soldiers, and even our citizens, that served as the last remnant of the American Spirit, a kind of inoculation against the rampant corruption that has infected our government. See; I was the nerd that held my hand over my heart and said the Pledge of Allegiance, believed the patriotism of "Give me liberty, or give me death!" even while ducking under my desk for bomb drills. We used to grow up that way -- memorizing the preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, etc. believing in our country. They say our innocence died somewhere in the 60's. No doubt, there's not much that shocks us anymore when it comes to the deterioration of "liberty and justice for all."
With such desolation of spirit (and the barrage of soundbites from the unending squabbles that pass for "Political Debates") I approached the reading of this book.
I was fortunate to spend many hours listening to my father-in-law, a retired Colonel in the USAF, tell of his service: He flew combat missions in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Over his career he recorded over 6,000 flying hours, 500 of which were combat time. A test pilot with the Air Force he was the first to fly the now famous F-100, and was in line to be an astronaut until his hearing failed him due to his early test flights. As many other patriots, he had amazing stories of bravery and heroics. He flew missions that were supposed to be one-way; he still would not reveal the *top-secret* details even in his 90's. He told stories of parachuting out over the middle-eastern deserts and being picked up by camel riding gunmen, held prisoner while his release was bargained for through the USAF. He always stood firm in the fact that he would die for his country if need be, and that his country would never dessert him. He was a true Patriot, as are those that were at Benghazi.
It is only in honor of his unwavering belief in his country that I was able to persevere through this book without sheer outrage at what has become of our political head; instead, it broke my heart. I can only assume that we are not given the whole truth by those *leaders*; that there is so much more that must have been happening that we will never know, because as it stands as of this date...that is the only explanation that makes sense to my little mind as to why the President of the United States and the Secretary of State were not accused and tried with treason, as defined in Section 110 of Article III. of the Constitution of the United States.
A great telling of the events, free from an agenda or spin. God bless the USA, our soldiers and their families, and the devil take the traitors...if there be any with soul so dead.