A new book on the hunt for Osama bin Laden by award-winning journalist Christopher W. Wallace ’65 with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mitch Weiss has earned high marks from critics.
Publishers Weekly called Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice “engrossing. . . a cinematic overview of one of the CIA’s most heralded missions.”
A newsman who has worked for 45 years in journalism, Wallace has covered many of the world’s biggest stories and currently serves as the news anchor of Fox News Sunday. He is known for his tough and wide-ranging interviews, for which he has been compared to his father, “60 Minutes” journalist Mike Wallace.
The book, released in early September, is described by Kirkus Reviews as a “vividly detailed account of one of the most dramatic intelligence victories in recent history . . . The author alternates the focus among Panetta, the key CIA officials who developed the mission plan, and members of the Navy SEAL team that carried it out. The narrative accelerates as it progresses, and Wallace provides the right amount of detail to bring the events to life.”
The new book follows Wallace’s national bestseller, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, published in June 2020. James D. Hornfischer, writing in The Wall Street Journal, said that book was “deservedly the nonfiction blockbuster of the season.”
Wallace has interviewed numerous U.S. and world leaders, including seven American presidents, throughout his five decades in broadcasting and has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Peabody Award.
The acclaimed journalist was exposed to the news business early on. He spent the summer before his senior year at Hotchkiss interning for news anchor Walter Cronkite, working as his go-fer at the Republican National Convention in 1964. After graduating from Harvard, and just a week away from entering Yale Law School, Wallace instead decided to pursue a career in journalism and started work as a reporter for The Boston Globe.