From Page to Screen: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi



I’m not going to lie to you.  The driving force behind my seeing the film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was this. . .


John Krasinski plays Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.


I’m a John Krasinski Superfan and I support him in all of his endeavors.  I was not about to miss his first attempt as a leading man in an Action/Thriller film.  Bottom line, John and the film did not disappoint.  Director, Michael Bay, best known for his work on the Bad Boys and Transformers franchises delivers a powerful, gripping, and emotional film depicting the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Compound and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya that killed 4 Americans.

After seeing the film and how much these attacks have dominated headlines in recent months, inspired me to learn more about them.  I went straight to the source and picked up a copy of Mitchell Zuckoff’s, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, which the film was based on.  Zuckoff wrote the book with the full cooperation of the surviving members of the Annex Security Team, and goes to great lengths to tell the story as accurately as possible without the controversy or political bias that engulfs it.

Overall, the book offers a deeper dive into the lives of these brave men.  Since some of these guys had previously served together, their personal stories and anecdotes shows the love and respect they had for another, while providing further insight into their mindset.  The book also discusses a brief history of Libya and its tense political climate leading up to the attacks.  Finally, like the film, the book does a wonderful job of capturing the confusion and anxiety these men faced not knowing if these armed militias coming over the compound wall were friend or foe, the adrenaline in the heat of battle and the extreme fatigue that followed while working with limited resources during these 13 hours.

If you loved the film or are interested in seeing it, I highly recommend reading this book, too.  You can purchase the book here, or reserve it at your local library.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is in theaters now.