Thursday, November 1, 2012

500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald

This huge book details what happened in our government and around the world on 9/11 and how the decisions were made in the months to follow.

Eichenwald writes nonfiction in an adrenaline-laced way that keeps you turning page after page. I couldn't get enough of this book. The information is incredible and straight forward. He explores what mistakes were made and how judgments were made.

I did not see anything partisan about this book. It's great to have this resource - all the War on Terror details - in one book. It helps to see how things happened in our government and what the Bush administration wanted to do.

You won't see any name-calling from the author (although the people involved certainly had their own choice words for individuals).

This is the kind of informational book we need right now about Benghazi. I just hope it doesn't take this long for all the details of that attack to come to light.

Much of the information inside this book has been reported and explained in other places, but it's very nice to be able to sit down and read day-by-day accounts happening in real-time.

I appreciated the detail of what was happening in Afghanistan with bin Laden and his lieutenants; what happened between our Special Forces/CIA and the Pentagon around Tora Bora was atrocious.

The turf wars that Attorney General Ashcroft fought are incredible. He comes across as petty and shrill.

Whatever your thoughts are on President Bush, this book points out his determination to keep Americans safe and the mistakes that occurred within his team.

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