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Under Fire: A Night of Terror and Courage in Benghazi

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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 CIAoutpost, res
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Bought it on a Saturday and finished it Sunday morning. Couldn't put it down. This is the first journalistic comprehensive investigation of how the Benghazi events of 9/11/2012 and 9/12/2012 played out. We find out that the attack lasted 0720 hours, and that host-country restrictions and disorganization, fly-over clearances, flight clearances, logistics and geography made an "immediate" response less than immediate. We also learn that Woods and Doherty were not the only "shooters" that were defe ...more
The Islamist militant attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 had become such a politicized issue, so the opportunity to read the Fred Burton and Samuel Katz book "Under Fire, The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi" seemed like a good opportunity to gain an understanding of the true story of the attack. After all the claims and counter claims by the warring political parties in Washington, and talking heads in the media, I was relieved to finally have a non-political, de ...more
Gail Welborn
***a minute-by-minute account of the Benghazi attack***

Recognized security experts Burton and Katz, write what they believe happened in the Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, the subtitle of Under Fire scheduled to release September 1. Their eyewitness and confidential source account describes the first 40 minutes of hell when “the attackers first burst through the gates of the American compound in Benghazi.”

Besides a “minute-by-minute narrative” of the prolonged fire fight that took the
Lee Ann
I have been bothered by this awful episode of 2012 since it happened. I never bought any of the public responses by the administration and have followed the hearings. I was thrilled to find out the my old friend, Fred Burton, was writing about Benghazi. I enjoyed both of his other books and I trust his honesty and integrity. The book does a great and tediously necessary job of explaining the locations where the attacks happened. Like many people, I thought that the two locations were part of the ...more
Richard Taylor
An excellent accounting of many things the administration is covering up about the failings, especially at State, the Pentagon, and CIA. The book includes considerable detail, perhaps more than I was looking for. It answers much of the question of What? but can't answer Why?
Under Fire doesn't get into the politics of what was a bumbled if not semi-truthful public response by the Obama administration.

It's crystal-clear from Under Fire, that the attack was well-planned by professional jihadis with substantial experience.

In the hackneyed old phrase, yes - 'mistakes were made'. But more significant was the response that the US government uses to protect its diplomatic assets. Experienced, well-trained, well-equipped men went once more into the breach. A couple of them
Michael T.
It's hard to recommend a book that, in some ways, is so very, very poorly written. At least the first half of it is. It's almost as though, since one of the larger target audiences for this kind of book has to be the spy/ military thriller (Tom Clancy, etc.) reader, authors Burton and Katz tried (with horrendous results) to mimic this kind of book. As I say, however, the second half is much better than the first, as the authors finally and mercifully check their purple prose at the double bolted ...more
Marcia Russell
This book shows the utter disregard for life that the current administration has shown toward our men and women serving our country in other countries. The book shows a very good account of the events that took place in Benghazi on 9/11/2012. However the wording was very technical and hard to follow at times. The story needs to be told and I am grateful that they wrote the book, though. I feel that there should have been more spoken about the lack of support that the embassy received before the ...more
A dense, but apparently, thoughtful and accurate depiction of the event. As much as I wanted the authors to decry the irresponsibility of the American government, this is not a political book. The authors kept to the facts and leave speculation to those who would judge the losses of consummate professionals who served their country well.
Susan Roon
Since the attack on Benghazi, I've been frustrated by the lack of information we've been given and mostly the lack of accountability for the deaths. Maybe this will bring to light how dangerous that area is and as Americans we should demand the truth from those responsible.
Noah W
Jun 20, 2014 Noah W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book was written from a perspective designed to exonerate the DSS agents.

Reviewing the format: the author (or editors) decided to "censor" the book with black highlights whenever "sensitive" information appeared.
The result: The particular Glock or Sig Sauer models and calibers are censored at the beginning of the book. However, toward the end of the book the editors got lazy and reveal that Sig Sauer P226 and Glock 19 with 9mm rounds are the primary sidearms used by DSS.

Even if they had sta
Bryan Jones
Very good ... heart-rending & maddening. Wish there was a bit more on the situational awareness of events back in DC when this went down. Huge new appreciation and rspect for DS & their people.
While I didn't understand all the specifics about the various types of firearms used by those trying to protect Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, his Information Officer from the heavily armed Islamic terrorist, I have a much better picture of what the four brave men went through before they died. Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz give a detailed account of almost minute-by-minute how the attack happened. They also give a picture of what Libya and specifically Bengazi was like and how ...more
Very hard to decide what rating to give this book. On the one hand, it is an extremely well-researched, minute-by-minute account of the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya. I appreciated that the authors chose to avoid politics and instead put the focus squarely on the events of that night--and the days leading up to and after it--and on the diplomats, diplomatic security agents and CIA personnel who served bravely and fought so tenaciously from what was ...more
Don Weidinger
eateries as safe havens, who dares win, Britain left after ambassador attack, 30Kcivilians killed in 6months after fall of govt, red cross and Iran left, cross of Chicago and Sicily terror, state security risks never eliminated only mitigated, Americans leave loud footprint, 940pm call to Tripoli under attack 35 men generator gas used to burn 2330 annex 115am died closet.
A bone-chilling account of the attach in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. An inside the fight in which we lost 4 brave Americans. Never forget Benghazi!!

Also a good look at the men that most American's aren't familiar with: The DSS (Diplomatic Security Service).

Rich Anderson
This book does not dwell on the controversy surrounding the attack in Benghazi. The primary focus is on the Diplomatic Security officers assigned to protect the ambassador and their courage and constancy of purpose throughout the attack. It gives context to the story of Benghazi.
Dewayne Stephens
The book was written so poorly for such a good story. Detailing the kind of knife that the DS agents carry? Who cares! It's possible this book was made to appeal to ten year olds, because the style of writing is clearly reflected that way. Instead of this book, read 13 hours!
Carlos Canasi
I' so very glad I read this book. The book is a minute-by-minute account of the events that transpired from 9:42pm on September 11, 2012 through 07:30am the following day.

Not really having followed the ins and outs of this issue I came across this book at the library and decided to find out what "Benghazi" was all about. The fast paced thriller style narrative wore a bit thin for me after a while. However the book is an exhaustive moment by moment account of what happened in Libya and Washington and thus serves to undermine the conspiracy narrative cooked up by the Republicans. Perhaps wisely the authors avoid the politics and aftermath and thereby avoid opening ...more
This was a great and interesting book around an incident in which there is alot of controversy. It definitely paints our administration of our goverment (Clinton and obama) in a rather positive light and basically says there is no cover up going on here.

However, the book was highly entertaining as you walked step by step through a mass terrorist attack and i learned a ton about a branch of law enforcement of our country i never knew existed. Great Book
First half of the book was very slow and detail oriented. Second half was detailed but more fluid on actions and reasoning
Susan Morgan
Highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about the attack in Benghazi.
Dave Hoff
Author must have access to the guys at the Ambassador's quarters & the CIA Annex to get the blow (bullet) by blow of the baddies in the firefight & heavy mortar attacks. Too bad congress can't have the same access. Also the continuous videos of the whole operation that went to the President, Hillary & Tripoli. Some brave men on the ground, brave men wanting to assist & cowards at the highest levels, whose lies are sickening. Amazing more of the good guys not killed. 3 stars becau ...more
This was a good book that described the events that occurred at the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya. I enjoyed it, however I felt as if it glossed over the current administration’s actions (or better said lack thereof) and how that played a part in the outcome. There was barely mention of Obama or Clinton, and their role which is still today quite controversial.
Mr. Burton and Mr. Katz have done an excellent job of summarizing the events that unfolded on this controversial topic. The most enlightening part was the informational groundwork laid for the events leading up to this event. I have a new found respect for the various agencies involved in the action to include: DSS, GSR, and JSOC.
Fascinating and well done in its attempt to be factual and explain more about the State Dept security organization without getting too much into the politicization. (Wish it would have a revision to help with some edits/writing. Just a few little things that could be changed to help it flow better/be easier to follow in places.)
John Kettering
Katz (and Burton) did another great job of mixing tactics, emotion, and history/facts to portray an important story. Very informative and well presented re-telling of the events in Benghazi.
A heartbreaking blow by blow account of the September 11th attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, this book leaves you poised and ready to follow the continued investigation.
This book wanted to be good, but it just wasn’t. If it just told the story of what happened, then...
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