The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250041104, 320pp.
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
The "New York Times" bestselling inside account of the attack against the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya
On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later on a nearby CIA outpost, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, the Information Officer, Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
After the fall of Qaddafi, Benghazi was transformed into a hotbed of fundamentalist fervor and a den of spies for the northern half of the African continent. Moreover, it became the center of gravity for terrorist groups strategically situated in the violent whirlwinds of the Arab Spring. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, a group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists had their sights set on the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence presence in the city.
Based on the exclusive cooperation of eyewitnesses and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic, and military communities, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz reveal for the first time the terrifying twelve-hour ordeal confronted by Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security (DS) contingent, and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them.
More than just the minute-by-minute narrative of a desperate last stand in the midst of an anarchic rebellion, "Under Fire" is an inspiring testament to the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who put their country first while serving in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.
Mr. Burton is a former State Department counter terrorism deputy chief and DSS Agent who orchestrated the arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing. Mr. Burton also conducted the debriefings of the U.S. hostages held in Lebanon; investigated the plane crash that killed President Zia of Pakistan, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, and a U.S. Army general. Burton was instrumental in the development of the State Department s Rewards for Justice Program to target terrorists like Yousef and Osama Bin Laden; investigated the assassination of Israeli President Rabin; the killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane; the al-Qaeda New York City bombing plots; the Libyan-backed terrorist attacks on diplomats in Sana a and Khartoum; and countless other terrorist attacks and threats around the globe.
Burton is the author of a bestselling memoir, "Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, " and "Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent s Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice" (Palgrave, 2011).
SAMUEL KATZ is an internationally recognized expert on Middle East security issues, international terrorism, and military special operations and counter-terrorism; he is the former editor-in-chief of Special Operations Report, a trade publication that covered the world of international law enforcement and military counterterrorism units. His books include "Soldier Spies: Israeli Military Intelligence"; "Anytime, Anywhere: On Patrol with the NYPD s Emergency Service Unit", and "Relentless Pursuit The Diplomatic Security Service and the Hunt for the bin Laden Terrorists". Katz was one of the first authors to discover the Diplomatic Security Service, one of the best-kept secrets in federal law enforcement, and he wrote dozens of articles and created several documentaries for television on the service. Relentless Pursuit is widely regarded as the definitive history of DSS.
"AMAZING READ." —Politico
"A gripping first-hand narrative of the night of the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, pieced together from intelligence reports and eyewitness accounts . . . [The authors] keep the politics out of it and let the events of that night speak for themselves."
"Heart-stopping, minute-by-minute detail . . . Much more a tale of valor on the ground than a story about the overshadowing grandstanding we've witnessed from those in Washington's bleachers."
—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair
"A wealth of information that paints a night-long war . . . The harrowing story of the firefight faced by those who escaped the compound and the two terrorist attacks that night on the CIA's annex in Benghazi."
"A compelling read." —The Atlantic Wire
"Readers will come away with a vivid picture of the rented diplomatic compound where Ambassador Stevens died and the long, bloody fight to defend him." —San Diego Union-Tribune
"Compelling. . . The more we learn about Benghazi, the more we need to know. The story is far from over." —New York Post
“This is a gripping, authoritative account of a tragedy that’s not going away. What happened in Benghazi on that fateful night counts, because it’s the moment when the Arab Spring took a wrong turn and drove into the abyss. It tells the story of a Washington too blinded by politics to see the facts. A wonderful book.”
—Robert Baer, former CIA operative and New York Times bestselling author of See No Evil
“A stunning reconstruction of events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. It will be particularly instructive to those who have a limited knowledge of the processes for providing security for our diplomats serving abroad.”
—Admiral B. R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
"A gripping chronological account of the attack. Readers will clearly comprehend how the DS agents were put into an impossible, life-threatening situation with few of the ready assets associated with American power . . . Authoritative account of a still-controversial spasm of anti-American violence."