Monday, December 8, 2014
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
The book's subtitle, "The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi," refers to the September 11-12, 2012 attacks in Libya. This account is from the perspective of five surviving members of the security contractors from the small C.I.A. Annex located a few blocks from the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. In three separate attacks on the Compound and Annex, four Americans were killed. The author avoids any partisan arguments regarding the incident, but gives the Annex security team a chance to voice their criticisms. In particular, they felt the security measures were totally inadequate for such a dangerous city, and they were ordered to stand down for several critical minutes during the initial attack on the Compound in an effort to coordinate with a friendly Libyan militia. Overall, this book presents the facts of a politically controversial event in a fair manner.