Mitchell Zuckoff 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

Last updated: October 13, 2023

"13 Hours" by Mitchell Zuckoff is a riveting true story of what six brave men endured during the infamous Battle of Benghazi. Filled with emotional intensity, the book showcases the sacrifices made that night for the greater good. However, the work does not touch on foreign policy and how it affected the battle.

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Mitchell Zuckoff is the author of six previous nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time, and a professor of journalism at Boston University. The Annex Security Team consists of the five surviving CIA contract operators who responded to the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

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 jarring narrative at times, but well-flowing. It dwells mostly on the six security operators, who they were, how they prepared for their jobs and how they reacted in a crisis and depended on one another.
“13 Hours’’ provides a moving reminder of the sacrifice made by these men who had voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way, and who “believed in their work and their country.”
Journalist Zuckoff has a knack for recreating the emotional intensity of combat in his reading of his book; Zuckoff’s evocative delivery also successfully captures the ambiguity of the conflict, as the soldiers find themselves unsure of exactly who they are fighting and how to engage the enemy.
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.

What reviewers didn't like

The book does not address the larger issues posed by Benghazi, including what Obama officials knew and when they knew it; and whether White House talking points were designed to mislead the American people about a possible role played by Al Qaeda. “13 Hours’’ provides little guidance about the foreign policies that will best serve American interests, or about how to secure our embassies
Given the rapid-fire style of the interactions, casual listeners may find themselves struggling to keep up with the story.
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