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Mark Bowden reads "The Finish" at the Seattle Public Library

This is not a meetup to view a film or to attend a reading of a book that was made into a movie. This event is being presented in anticipation of Kathryn Bigelow's ("Hurt Locker") latest film "Zero Dark Thirty" which is about the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden and which will be released at the end of this year. Of course the Seattle Cinema Club will have a meetup around this film.

We will be attending a reading by Mark Bowden from his latest book "The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden" at the downtown / central Seattle Public Library. This event takes place in the Microsoft Auditorium which is located on level 1 of the library. There is no charge to attend this event.

Mr. Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and is the author of the best selling "Black Hawk Down" which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the basis of the film of the same name. Some of his other books are "Killing Pablo"(the hunt for Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar) and "Guests of the Ayatollah"(the Iranian hostage crisis).

Here is a description of "The Finish":

"From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

"After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish."

Organizing meetups at the Seattle Public Library are difficult because the literary events often draw full houses, and the "line" to get into the auditorium can be a bit disorganized but here goes: Look for an Asian male who wear glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (tan beret, black rain hat). Because it is hard to pick faces in a crowd I will bring a small blue and white flag that says "Windermere Cup". My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the reading which is at 7:00 pm. The doors to the Microsoft Auditorium open at 6:30, and it is recommended that you arrive as early as possible to ensure getting a seat. There is no telling in advance whether or not there will be a full house.

The parking meters around the library operate until 8:00 pm and the rate is $4.00/hr so if you are driving your best bet is to use the garage underneath the library for which there is a $5 fee for the evening. I believe the garage closes at 9:00 pm.

There might be an optional food and beverage stop afterwards.

George Liu


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker. Wonderful stories.

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello, I a new member, it would be my first time... I am also first time in the city.. I am at the library now.. where are we meeting once we in the library? are meeeting before the reading ( to meet some of the member ) or not? I am the one with a black hat and a camera.. thank you.

    November 14, 2012

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