The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Front Cover
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012 - History - 266 pages
260 Reviews
From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
44
4 stars
99
3 stars
87
2 stars
25
1 star
5

... great writer, easy to read, insightful Negatives. - Goodreads
It feels he didn't do a thorough research. - Goodreads
Not a lot of new insights than were known at the time. - Goodreads
I like Mark Bowden's writing. - Goodreads
There are no maps or pictures or footnotes. - Goodreads
Lots of details and insights.. - Goodreads

Review: The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

User Review  - Goodreads

I really enjoy Mr. Bowden's writing, having recently finished reading "Guests of the Ayatollah", in comparison this book did sort of seem like an extended magazine article, and I missed the usual ... Read full review

Review: The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

User Review  - David - Goodreads

I really enjoy Mr. Bowden's writing, having recently finished reading "Guests of the Ayatollah", in comparison this book did sort of seem like an extended magazine article, and I missed the usual ... Read full review

Contents

A Definition of Evil
1
The Path of Jihad
29
Taking Up Arms
55
The Targeting Engine
89
Please Make Sure to Keep the Children and All of the Families Away from the Areas That Are Being Photographed and Bombed
123
Disguised Uncertainty
141
Adhering to These Precautions
177
The Finish
209
Glitter
243
Acknowledgments and Notes
265
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Mark Bowden is the author of nine books, including the #1 New York Times best seller Black Hawk Down. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. His most recent book is Worm: The First Digital World War.

Bibliographic information