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The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There
by Morgan Jones
September 11, 2012: Hundreds of fanatics from Al Qaeda’s Shariah Brigade descend on the American Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, in a meticulously timed, flawlessly staged nighttime assault that resulted in the brutal murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. In its sheer audacity alone, the attack was a shattering pronouncement that America’s en ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Threshold Editions
(first published September 10th 2013)
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While the validity of this memoir is being questioned, no one can dispute the fact that sovereign U. S. soil was attacked and lost with what occurred on 9/11/2012. According to United Nations Geneva Convention rules ratified in 1961(?), the facilities gifted by the host country to another country for diplomatic purposes is considered sovereign soil of the guest nation and no one has a right to enter without the permission of the embassy staff. One of the responsibilities of the host country is t ...more
This book was written by a Brit, so he had no political bias. The security at the mission was so bad it was nonexistent. It was "a top-down system that seemed designed somehow to make the security here fail disastrously." The staff, again and again, requested more manpower or firepower, but the senior state department told them to "keep working with what we'd got." Jones trained the local Libyan guards who were loyal and brave, but they were unarmed. The armed force that was supposed to defend t ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Amazing story. One everyone should read! It's hard to comprehend the reasoning behind the lack of security that was begged for. Unless, it wasn't an accident at all....thanks to the author for getting this story out there. The American Press sure won't cover it. Makes our President and his staff of flunkies (namely Sec Clinton) seem undoubtedly weak and grossly incompetent. Oh and lets not forget how grateful us Americans are for that unwavering lie to the families of the deceased and to the Ame ...more
This was a gripping depiction of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on Sept 11, 2012. This attack killed 4 people, including the ambassador. It has largely been swept under the rug and ignored by the Obama Administration, but this book was written by a British security official who was in Benghazi during this attack. When he arrived on the scene a few weeks prior to the attack, he was surprised by the lack of security at the compound. Help to beef up the security had been requested, but not ...more
Would have been 4stars if completely true! The author comes over as a superhero type character that wore a cloak of invisibility as he wandered around the compound and town. There was obviously a story to tell and no-one will ever find out the full truth about what happened and why. It was however interesting reading and insight into how poor the security at the consulate was. I also liked that it didn't betray all Arabs as 'raghead murderers' and showed the problems they faced trying to rebuild ...more