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Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,500 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world--an operationof such magnitude thatit couldn’t be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. As such, the task was handed toroughly forty members of America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit formerly known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more po ...more
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Published September 15th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 6th 2008)
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Mark Sequeira
So I'm a bit conflicted. The author clearly says on the jacket and foreword that this is the only real account and how no one else who's written about Tora Bora was there and so he wrote this book to correct all the poor, secondhand accounts. Then he acknowledges that Gary Berntsen was there (JawBreaker), that Gary Schroen was there (First In), that Billy Waugh was there (Hunting the Jackal), that the Green Berets and the Air Force Special Operations Command was there.

So the only accounts I gue
This book was given to me by one of my ex Green Beret buddies several hours before bin Laden was killed in May 2011. His comment was "The Army realled f*cked up at Tora Bora". I agree.
However, the fault did not rest with the super soldiers of the Army's elite Delta Force whose actions form the core of this book. Rather, Delta was hamstrung from the outset of this operation to kill bin Laden deep in the Afghanistan mountain stronghold of the master terrorist.
George W. Bush wanted to use our Musli
Ed Wagemann
There was a program that BBC aired in November of 2001 (just days before the incident in Tora Bora) where Jeremy Vine revealed an FBI document in which US agents were told to "back off" from investigating the Bin Laden family. That seemed kind of weird but irrelevent until just a few days later when it was reported that the Pentagon ordered American troops to stand down when they had Osama bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora in December of 2001. Dalton Fury, the commander on the ground at Tora Bora ...more
Bill Shuey
For the individual who has an interest in the Delta Force or the short battle in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan - this is the book. The author walks the reader through all the obstacles that Delta encountered in their attempts to kill Osama bin Laden shortly after the events of 9/11.

Having been involved in an ethnic war (Vietnam) I was not surprised by the treachery, deceit, and opportunism exhibited by the Afgans. In the author's opinion they were more interested in money and looting de
Bob Ryan
Before Seal Team Six finally found Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011 and ended his days, the US government thought he was hiding in the Tora Bora mountain area of Afghanistan. This book is about a joint effort of the Delta Force and the CIA to find and kill him at the end of 2001.

It's an interesting book in several ways. First, you really get a good description of the way this battle was fought. Working in the background behind local Afghan forces (who were being paid thousands of dollars
Charles Blumberg
Very insightful story of the couple week battle in the mountains of Tora Bora shortly after 9/11. Under presidential direction, a handful of Delta Force troops had Osama Bin Laden trapped in the mountains but could only call in airstrikes against Al Qaeda. The local Afgans were the fighting force that the Delta operators were ordered to support. Most likely it was these Afgans playing both sides that allowed Osama to escape. Had the Delta Force been unleashed they probably could have killed Osam ...more
Taylor Lewis
A very detailed account of the battle of Tora Bora. The book isn't action packed because the delta operators relied on native afghans to do the gun fighting (the delta operators primarily directed ruthless air support). The author certainly knows what he is talking about but the delivery is a little choppy at parts. The chapters are divided into small sections (this is probably due to the fact that Fury had to leave some details out). This gets a little a annoying but then again, Fury is a soldi ...more
An accounting of the hunt for Bin Laden during the last months of 2001 as told by the Delta operator in charge of the mission. The book does a good job of articulating the various issues Delta faced when dealing with the Afghan warlords in their supposed joint mission to get the terrorist. Issues such as the fact that the Afghans would not break their custom of leaving the battlefield at nightfall each night, regardless of whatever important ground was gained and required holding. Also the distu ...more
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The opening chapters are rough but strengthens once the story gets into Afghanistan and to Tora Bora. There is a long section criticizing the quality of journalistic coverage of special operations- the level of real facts getting to the journalists is so low that any noise floor of BS will get amplified into otherwise higher fidelity news coverage. But he neglects to mention that the same is true for his end: there is a long tradition of highly embellished or entirely fabricated stories coming n ...more
The author provides a first hand account of the early stages of the war in Afghanistant in late 2001 and early 2002.

The most interesting parts are descriptions of how air power is combined with special operations forces and the use of Air Force Combat Controllers. Also, the descriptions of the problems in relying heavily on the local (Mujahdeen fighters) and how that and the local politics limited efforts to have a more aggressive campaign.

The down side of this is the same with many other "un
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Phillip Snyder
First, some background. Dalton Fury is the pen name for the Delta Force officer who led the covert Battle of Tora Bora, the closet we have ever come to killing bin Laden. The author's real name may never be known.
This book is another example of how a true event can often be much more compelling than the way a book is written. I'll go easy on Fury simply because I'm sure this book was picked apart piece by piece by analysts to make sure no sensitive material was given out. The story was really
Jeffrey Belcher
After spending quite a few years in Iraq as a contractor, I have had the privilege of running into some members of the special forces community. Though they were NEVER (I can’t stress this enough, the NEVER once, not EVER said that they were SF. They all claimed to be EOD or Explosives Ordinance Disposal) once said that they were SF, they wore sanitized uniforms, which means no unit insignias, rank or name tags, this is a dead giveaway that these soldiers, sailors and marines were SF. I used to ...more
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Jeff Dawson
This is a very encompassing book detailing the first efforts to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. But as the reader will find out, in those early days of the conflict, George Bush attempted to work with the tribal leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in an effort to build a solid foreign policy and provide the elders of the tribes, a place of importance in the eyes of their people and the world.
Unfortunately, his efforts turned into a political and military debacle that allowed “Enemy #1” of the
What happened in December of 2001 in Tora Bora doesn't easily fit into a sound bite, so the reality has been vulnerable to spin and drama. Author Dalton Fury notes that not everyone is happy that he has committed this to print, but history undoubtedly will be.

Companies tout their modern, flattened organizational charts. Managers are told to "push decision making down" to its lowest level. The US military has not gotten the message.

Delta Company, incredibly trained and equipped, was put on the gr
Pat Dugan
I say this with love and admiration, but I have to laugh at my fellow brothers in arms, the Special Ops troops. They are so very good, but they do seem to believe their own hype and spin sometimes. The SEALs are the worst in this area. They all act bulletproof and yet, we have one man who has outwitted all of them, us and the entire USA Whiz Bang Intel gang.
Technology, drones, cluster bombs, computers, et al is all well and good for this generation of video game war fighters, but ONE man, with l
I liked this book. It deals with Delta Force (and Green Berets, Air Force FAC's and Brittains SBS, Special Boat Service) and the opening days of the War in Afghanistan. The title may be a little misleading, because they do not discuss the actual killing of Bin Laden, just the initial days and weeks of the battle, particularly at the Tora Bora cave complex. The author discusses what went right, what could have been done better, and what could have potentially ended the conflict in those first wee ...more
Alyssa Allen
It was a good war book. Not what I expected going in. Even though Major Fury wasn't involved in the actual capture of UBL, it would have been nice to say 'in ___', UBL was captured and this is what happened, kind of tell a second-hand story at the end, but offer the readers some closure. This just felt like it left off so.... non-final. I liked everything up until the operation was over.
Dalton Fury describes the battle of Tora Bora in much detail. Fury recalls how Delta Force had to rely on our frustrating muhj allies to do the direct fighting. If Delta had been allowed to do more than essentially direct AC-130 gunships and other bombers, perhaps the outcome would have been different.
Oct 21, 2008 Mahlon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Military History or current events
Recommended to Mahlon by: Saw interview on 60 Minutes
Shelves: read-2008
Kill Bin Laden offers a thrilling "boots on the ground" narrative of the hunt for UBL in the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan in December 2001. Written by Dalton Fury (not his real name)a former Delta Force operator who had tactical command of the team assigned to go into Tora Bora and eliminate Usama.

Refreshingly, Fury keeps his political opinions to himself while still managing to deftly demonstrate how political wrangling in the upper echelons of the U.S. command structure, as well as
This book provides a first hand view of the battle of Tora Bora. The author describes the intense effort American Special Ops forces went through to locate and kill Bin Laden. He also details a sleezy side of this effort - a partner (Aghan forces) - who will work for the highest bidder, steal our supplies from our troops, and even turn on American forces. Fury's summary at the end again points out how when America is not fully committed to a military goal and is more worried about the political, ...more
A decent story of the special forces battle at Tora Bora in Afghanistan a few months after 9/11. The book shined where it discussed the external factor to the battle, which were numerous in a fight where American forces did little more than drop bombs and relied on local forces to do the fighting. I wish that the book had discussed the Delta Forces that ran the battle more though, as the book was the most intriguing when they touched on that group. Unfortunately large parts of the books were lit ...more
John Szucs
A great look inside the reality of modern special operations. No Hollywood glamour, just extraordinarily well-trained, well-conditioned and smart men doing an extraordinary job. The prelude chapters set in Selection and the Balkans are just as gripping as the main action in Afghanistan. However, if you are like me, you will find it truly disheartening to hear how much higher ups, up to and including the Bush White House, forced our nation's finest warriors to fight with one hand tied behind thei ...more
This was a good book, and gives information regarding the Delta Force and special ops, which is/was interesting to me. Besides that enjoyable aspect of the book, it is not the book about the Navy Seal who actually killed Bin Laden, but rather is about the failed attemp to catch him in the Tora Bora Mountains. The warlords are depicted in a way that makes me think they can never be trusted! They always acted in their own self interest, advancing or strengthening their power base and riches. If th ...more
Excellent read very intense and gripping, as a former soldier I think the book reads well to everyone . Dalton takes the reader deep inside the exhaustive hunt for UBL, helping navigate through the difficulties of linking up and forming an alliance with the native peshmerga of the northern alliance. The last days of the hunt takes dalton his team and peshmerga deep into the mountains of Tora Bora. It is here they believe they have UBL cornered in a cave complex only to see him slip out the back ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military buffs
This book is very informative on the background of the United States's failure to kill or capture Bin Laden just after 9/11. As a Bush supporter on the National Security front, this certainly raises doubts in my mind on his ability to accomplish military objectives or at least to have the appropriate military/DOD leadership to execute the nation's security objectives. The country's leadership needed to let these professionals do what they do best without all the political red tape.

I also found t
Bill McNeely
I recently re read this book in November after returning from 2 years in Afghanistan. Its amazing that of all the resources and pull The Unit has it still came up short in completing it's mission of finding Bin Laden, through no apparent fault of their own. A great look into the Army during it's transitional period last decade both the Special Ops and Conventional side.

The terain is a real bear to fight in Afghanistan and Dalton does a great way outlining this issue in particular. Mr. Fury also
Andrew P
I just finished this one up and it was a great, insightful book. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

The story of the Battle of Tora Bora is told by a Delta Force commander who was in charge of the entire operation and led the battle. I found is frustrating at times as we were so close to killing Bin Laden, but were not successful in doing so. This book explains how and why Bin Laden escaped.

A great read for anyone interested in the modern conflict with radical Islam or anyone as fascinated with Speci
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