13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, in theaters now, is based on a book entitled 13 Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi. We had the opportunity to speak recently with the book’s author, Mitchell Zuckoff, about his experience writing this book, working closely with the security team, and what he wants everyone to know about that night in September 2012.
“First, thank you for taking the time to speak with Heroic Hollywood today, and thank you for your work. How did you got involved with writing this book?”
“In writing a book of this kind, historical events and the political controversy that followed, we all know, at least to some degree what happened. What did you learn that you didn’t know going into it?”
“In writing this book, to get the story right, I know you worked with Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, Mark ‘Oz’ Geist and John ‘Tig’ Tiegen, along with the two who wanted to remain anonymous [five members of the six-man team of CIA security contractors]. Who else did you work with specifically?”
“As I mentioned before, this story carries with it a lot of controversy, that the book and movie don’t directly address by design. How important was it for you to steer clear of the controversy surrounding the events?”
“There are those that will criticize you, even before reading the book or seeing the movie because it is such a hot button issue. Have you taken a lot of heat for writing this book and working on this movie, and how do you manage that?”
“What was the hardest part of writing this book for you?”
“If there is one thing you want people to take away from the book or the movie, what is it?”
“What I took from the book, and then again from the movie, was that I was angry. As I was walking out of a screening the other day, I overheard someone say, ‘that made me really angry,’ and I replied without thinking, I had no idea who this person was, I replied, ‘if you aren’t angry, you weren’t paying attention.'”
You can check out 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, in theaters now.