The Finish - Mark Bowden

The Finish

By Mark Bowden

  • Release Date: 2012-10-16
  • Genre: Military
4 Score: 4 (From 265 Ratings)

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Just Fair

    2
    By macmom62
    The book could have been one or two good chapters. The rest was a political commercial for Obama. Not what I was expecting.
  • The Finish- The authorized edition

    3
    By Spider2afly
    Obviously and typically of Mr Bowden tremendously well researched. That access just as obviously seems to have come at a price though as you always feel your being told the story by someone who knows the story but also by someone who isn't gonna tell you the whole story. I have read many of Mr Bowdens books and have thoroughly enjoyed them but this one I had looked forward to the most but feel his notes are what I would have enjoyed reading more. I should give this book a better raiting as it is well written and does cover a wealth of information but I was hoping for the UNathorized version.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By ACleverNickname
    Reading about the hunt for bin laden and this final raid has been one of my hobbies for a while now, and this book represents the most well written, interesting, and importantly accurate book of all. It was written after the first wave of books came out and includes much from other famed bin laden books (specifically Bergen's Manhunt and Owen's No Easy Day). The best book I've read of all, without a doubt. I know the story through and through it this books had me hooked from start to finish with a fantastic and in depth analysis of all players and from both the US and bin Laden's perspective. High recommended
  • Comprehensive and interesting

    5
    By Applewhymustiputinanewnickname
    It is not a "thrill ride" in the traditional sense, but it is thrilling to read of the many surprising minor developments that led to a major victory. Some have criticized the book for being pro-Obama, but in actuality the book is even handed—congratulatory when it is due, pointed when it is not, on all three presidents who had dealings with "the sheik." Those who one-starred it have allowed their ideology to temper their views in a lesser extent, but in much the same way, as Bin laden and his like. Obama could have flown in on a jet-pack and performed the raid himself with psionic powers—these reviews would have still faulted him somehow, simply because they don't like the man that had a large role in the final outcome. Looking on the book's writing, earthier than the subjects of it, you'll find it a fascinating read into worlds most of us never see, and how these disparate worlds interact.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By CapHillDan
    I'm really disappointed in this book. The author spends so much time citing other books on the subject that the reader starts wondering why they're not reading those books instead. There are a lot of complaints that this book is politically biased, and it is. But I work in politics and that stuff usually doesn't bother me. The part that got to me is the last chapter...the author must have realized that his book was overly friendly to Obama, so he spends the last chapter trying to be critical. He ends up contradicting his own praise for the president, and the whole thing comes off as contrived and muddled. The end result is basically a confused compilation of reporting from other books on the subject, interwoven with quotes from Obama. Go read No Easy Day instead.
  • Not only the Finish

    5
    By Redcon14
    This book is not about the raid to kill bin laden. Once you realize that presidents drive policy as Carter affected Desert One, Regan with Pablo Escobar, Clinton and Mogadishu. Forget politics Obama had a crucial role with many others highlighted in the book. This book is not a step by step account of the raid but highlights the hard work that it is to first Find and Fix. As in most special operations the Finish is the easiest but riskiest part.
  • Covers the Macro & Micro of the raid

    4
    By Design Element
    I find it funny the people who gave this book a negative review solely because it paints Obama in a positive light. I've never known Bowden to be politically motivated in his writing and he actually gives Bush a few good lines in the book. So to fault this piece (especially since it does call out some of Obamas missteps) on that basis alone is pretty lame. Obama looks good in the book because he IS good, it's actually pretty simple.
  • Horrible pandering pulp

    1
    By Popps00
    Another example of how Obama saved the planet. Doesn't even provide any insight on the title topic.
  • The Finish

    1
    By JBern71
    This book was a huge disappointment -- it may as well been written by Obama's re-election committee. If you are expecting a dispassionate telling of how bin Laden was found and taken out you won't find it here.
  • The Finish

    3
    By cf1105
    This book is OK. The author spends more time patting Obama on the back than talking about the mission and the people that carried it out. I did like the attention that was given to Admiral McRaven. I think No Easy Day was better...

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