The Annex was guarded by six Global Response Staff ( GRS) contractors hired by the FBI.
These contractors, all of whom were former military men ( including two Navy SEALs), instantly wanted to go to the id of the diplomatic compound.
During the evenin, they fought off two brief, fierce attacks, then were subjected to a ferocious mortar attack, which killed one of the six members of the Annex team, along with another GRS contractor who ’ d come from Tripoli to help.
With minimal setup, briefly summarizing Libya ’ s long, fraught history, including recent upheavals that killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, Zuckoff plunges us into the battle.13 Hours is lifted by Zuckoff ’ s novelistic flair and eye for pertinent detail.
Whereas Michael Bay ’ s film adaptation of 13 Hours presented a siege on the scale of a Libyan Alamo or Rorke ’ s Drift, the account found in the books is far more precise, without any action-movie hyperbole.As I alluded above, however, the Battle of Benghazi presents difficulties that do not exist in narratives about – for example – Gettysburg or Iwo Jima.
Zuckoff shares the byline of 13 Hours with the embers of “ the Annex Security Team, ” meaning that the main subjects are also co-authors ( though I ’ m guessing Zuckoff took care of the rose).
Nevertheless, it certainly feels like the majority of 13 Hours comes solely from the finding of the five contractors, all of whom operated on the same team, and ost of whom were close together the hole of the ight.
Here, one big example is the so-called stand down order, in which the White House allegedly commanded “ Bob, ” the pseudonymous CIA Chief of Station, to “ stand down ” rather than allow GRS to immediately go to the Diplomatic Compound to rescue Ambassador Stevens.
There is no pat to prove that the GRS contractors could have saved Ambassador Stevens, despite the delay ( they eventually made their way to the compound).
Yet in presenting Bob as giving or relaying this order, Zuckoff creates a villain far more nefarious than the savage, faceless mob of Libyans.
Clearly, Bob did not participate in 13 Hours.
Based on what I ’ ve seen elsewhere, Zuckoff did reach out to him, but Lyle did not want to cooperate.
It ’ s sufficient to think he wanted 17 February in on the rescue mission, so that he wasn ’ t simply plunging American military personnel into a gun-battle in a foreign city.The contractors are clearly men who know their jobs.
This is not exactly a nuanced worldview, and certainly far more subtl than the actual situation in which ob was attempting to maneuver.
Dann eventually released a statement denying the Zuckoff/Annex Team version.
This is important because 13 Hours, intentionally or not, arbitrarily divides the American participants of the Benghazi attacks into distinct categories ( the Libyan participants are entirely ignored).
13 Hours could have been written to recognize that this night did not belong solely to the GRS.