• by Peter L. Bergen
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.
Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him. Other key elements of the book include:

A careful account of President Obama’s decision-making process as the raid was planned
The fascinating story of a group of CIA analysts—largely women—who never gave up assembling the tiniest clues about OBL’s whereabouts
The untold and action-packed history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the SEALs
An analysis of what the death of OBL means for al Qaeda, and for Obama’s legacy.
Just as Too Big to Fail captured, in riveting detail, the anatomy of this decade’s financial disaster, so too is Manhunt one of the key stories of this decade: the authoritative, immersive account of the operation that killed the man who organized the largest mass murder in American history.


What the Critics Say

"In Manhunt, Peter Bergen has produced a page-turner rich with new information and insight into the search for Bin Laden and his killing. Only Bergen, America's foremost counterterrorism writer, could have produced a book of such energy and authority - a triumph." (Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001)
"Ten years of grit, intelligent hard work, and daring led to Operation Neptune Spear, and Bergen captures it all in a story that is both a riveting page turner and a definitive history. Revealing details of bin Laden's last years in self-imposed prison, the debates of the CIA analysts who tracked him, and the training of the SEALs who killed him, Manhunt is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the real story of how the world's most wanted terrorist was finally brought to justice." (Eric Greitens, author of The Heart and The Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL)
"With masterly reporting, Peter Bergen takes us where we've never been: behind the high walls of Osama bin Laden's last hideout and behind the scenes of the heroic and painstaking hunt for the Al Qaeda mastermind. Manhunt is a thrilling read." (Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor)


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Do not miss this one! I followed George W. Bush’s war on terror and the new policies of Barack Obama through news reports and through many of the books published over the years. The books ranged from excellent to slanted political rants. Peter Bergen’s thoughtful, well written and well sourced book is one of the best. It is outstanding!

He takes the listener along from the beginning to end of Operation Neptune Spear after ten long years of searching for clues as to the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Familiar names of politicians and political appointees turn up in new roles and positions to make decisions about whether new information is accurate enough to risk deadly action. How much risk, diplomatically, internationally, and politically are we willing to take to remove the head of the organization that inflicted 9/11 us.

I gained a greater understanding of and sympathy for people in the planning process at the highest level of government when decisions have life and death consequences. As the planning progressed and what seemed like an infinite number of “what if” scenarios were raised and analyzed trying to reduce the odds of failure one more point, I found myself wanting to scream “Just do it. You cannot get to zero risk when people are involved.” Maybe if the people are Navy SEALS there is a better chance to reach zero risk than we know. There is suspense. There is action. There are scenes in the White House and in Bin Laden’s bedroom. I am neither in the military nor in politics, but I can highly recommend “MANHUNT.” The narration and the writing are excellent.

It is a great listen.
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- Betty "Elderly (1932), retired university professor, degrees in engineering and economics."

A true "page turner"

Would you consider the audio edition of Manhunt to be better than the print version?

Bergen's detail account loses no momentum from beginning to end. Researched, documented and well written, the docudrama pulls the "reader" forward toward a very satisfyingly suspenseful conclusion. Mark Deakins narration adds zest and pace and his voice impressions are mostly in character.
All in all, a very worthwhile investment of time and money/

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- jerryflah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio