Book signing at Vromans in Pasadena: The Finish by Mark Bowden!
Book signing at Vromans in Pasadena: The Finish: the Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden
Another book signing at Vromans in Pasadena: The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden. Those of you who know me, are aware that not only am I a reader, but I love action, mystery and spy stories there is only one author whose work I consistently read even though he is Non Fiction writer. He actually writes about events that happen in our life and they are not fictionalized. In case you need a refresher he wrote: Killing Pablo, Black Hawk Down, Guest of the Ayatollah and Finders Keepers to name a few. I loved his book Killing Pablo, the story of the US lead manhunt which took about 16 month of searching and ending with the death of the most notorious Columbian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar.
Anyway, today was a dreary rainy day to drive from Marina Del Rey to Pasadena; it took me about 1.5 hrs to do this short trek of 37 miles. It has been raining for about the past 24hrs, keep in mind, we are not used to rain in Southern California, not alone for such a long period of time. Then add to it that UCLA & USC was having a Football Game at the Rose Bowl adding to the extra traffic.
Nevertheless, Mark Bowden is well worth the trip. He was with The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. And in his spare time wrote about 10 books. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
He is a great story teller and he talked for about an hour nonstop about his research of this book and the challenges he faced getting appointments with the key players i.e.: getting access and interviewing the President of the United States, The Director of the CIA, the Commander of JSOC (US Joint Special Operations Command). They were the key players of this mission outside of the Navy Seals. (This accomplishment alone would be worth writing a book about it) Then he opened up to questions, he was very gracious and answered all the questions. It was a fun seeing him again!
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