“13 Hours” Book Review

“None of us wants to die. But it’s a possibility, and if you don’t accept that, it’s just going to be in the back of your head the whole time, and you’re not going to be able to function.”
13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckhoff

Title: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team
Published By: Twelve, 2014
Reviewed By: Jessica B

Genre: History, Military, Biographies & Memoirs

Rating: 5/5 Stars

13 Hours is packed with detail surrounding the unfortunate events that took place in Benghazi in 2012. As a strong supporter of the military, I would encourage everyone to read this book. However, it is a very emotional book, especially the last third. I’ve rarely cried while reading stories. In fact I can only recall once that I read a book while crying. But now I can add two to that list. Just knowing that these events took place in real life, and men died during this tragic event is an emotional roller coaster. The author does a fantastic job of crafting the story that keeps your heart rate elevated the entire time you are reading. I can’t describe the technique the author used when members of the team died, but I had to pause several times to regain my composure and continue reading. It was that powerful.

I know some will disagree, but I think this book remains largely non-political. It doesn’t delve into the decisions and actions made and taken by the people in Washington. It only recalls the events that took place in Benghazi as told by the Annex security team. It presents to readers what happened during this tragic event. I think all political affiliations can appreciate this novel and praise the team that protected innocent lives.

 13 Hours is not necessarily a book someone can get through quickly. With all of the names, places, and verbiage, it is a lot to digest and comprehend. However, it is well worth the time it takes to read this book. 

About the Book:
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 22608582.jpg11, 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.


About the Author:
Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University and a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Previously, he was a reporter and writing coach for The Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. His honors include the PEN/Winship Award for Nonfiction, the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, The Livingston Award for International Reporting, and The Heywood Broun Award, among others. He received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and was a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia. He lives outside Boston. His website is http://www.mitchellzuckoff.com.




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