Taking down a terrorist
With Zero Dark Thirty in theaters, here are three nonfiction accounts of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (Atlantic Monthly Press) by Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, is a deeply sourced account of the strategies and tactics that led to the al-Qaida leader's demise.
Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden — from 9/11 to Abbottabad (Crown ) by Peter L. Bergen is a compelling account of the decadelong hunt for the 9/11 mastermind, by an investigative journalist who once interviewed bin Laden.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (Dutton) by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer is the bestselling firsthand account of the raid on bin Laden's compound by Owen (a pen name for Matt Bissonette), one of the men of SEAL Team Six.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor