Yes I am glad I did. I love hearing about the technical aspects of the training behind Americas elite soldiers. I felt the author did an incredible job of detail and story structure. So often these special forces memoirs are just a means for fame and to tote an altered history of how cool the author is. In this case, we see little arrogance and self promotion and more just solid details that bring the reader along.
As with any book written about a time decades ago, I am sure there is some embellishment of the truth and stretching of what happened, but it didn't stick out to me and the author struck me as overall being humble, tho he does see himself as a founding member of Delta force and a model soldier.
I could not put this read, or listen if you will, down. Absolutely one of the best
military reads since Commander Marcenko's Rogue Warrior. Command Master Sargent Haney covers everything from entering a room of bad guys with hostages to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beruit. By the way, a fact that was not covered almost anywhere, is that all the CIA station chiefs in the Middle East where in a staff meeting in the conference room above the enterance to the Embassy at the time of the bombing!
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I enjoyed hearing the inside scoop on past, significant military conflicts, etc. but it didn't completely capture my attention. I didn't spend time during the day thinking about this story like I have with many others.
Perhaps the biggest challenge to this book is that I had just finished listening to Fearless, the Adam Brown story. It was also about an elite military force, the Navy Seals, going into similar circumstances, but it was so much more interesting and exciting. If you want to hear good military action listen to Fearless. If you're specifically interested in Delta Force you will probably find this book by Haney enjoyable.
Eric Haney tells his story so naturally. It's very infectous. Wish they had some more of Eric haney's books.
This was a great book on the beginning days of Delta. I listened to Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man, by Dalton Fury (pseudonym) the Delta Commander on the ground at Tora Bora in the beginning of the war on the Taliban and the hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It was interesting to see how Delta has evolved as a SF unit from the beginning days of Haney, through many missions and many sacrifices, and one of Deltas more recent missions. I think Haney's story was very informative and exciting. As well as hearing of the Ultimate Sacrifices of Deltas several members. I know these books don't touch the tip of the iceberg of what Delta is actually capable of, but what is told amazes me every time I think about it. The narrator was excellent and should narrate all audios of this type in my opinion. It's a great book and I would recommend listening to it, as well as Fury's book to see how Delta has evolved into one of the US's top SF groups. All branches of the US military have top notch SF units and even though we were behind in the formation of ours, (British SAS). I think we have the best.
Lover of audiobooks and of my family. Listener since 2009!!
Powerful, Exciting & Motivating
Eric Haney's story is a powerful account of his life in the military and rise to Delta Force ane beyond. Obviously an extremely talented individual, he provides an insight into the lives of these great soldiers with some training elements added in. Published in 2002 it also foretells much of what the terrorist world is like today. I was moved by the book and the small team nature of special operations forces reminds me of parts of the business world too.
Eric Haney of course, but also Larry Freedman
I listened to the book on my daily commute and finished it in just under 3 weeks
The narrator was excellent and story was gripping.
The story of how Eric entered as an operator.
When Eric was walking by an officer during selection phase, and was told he would fail. The mind games that were used were tremendous.
Great book and spot on with today's unstable hot spots around the world.
I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
Haney talks about the personalities of the officers he served under and with, and the effect their strengths and foibles had on the unit during his tenure there. Although some online critics have questioned, or even challenged the truthfulness of his accounts, I must say that I believe his accounts of the incidents related are factual; they do not sound embellished to me, and I consider myself a skeptic. He questions the motivations behind the Top Brass in our military, and why certain missions were undertaken, e.g. Grenada, and I'm sure some of those above him in rank would have preferred his book not appear. I've looked on Amazon for a hard copy of the book to purchase, as it's worth going through again. Sadly however, it seems that the second half of the printed book lacks all the good stuff. I suppose he, or the publishers decided to skip the flack they might receive, I don't know; but in this audio book in the second part, where the actions closer to the present day occur, Haney leaves clues as to how he feels about the present day administration, and commendations for that of George W. Bush.
This one is worth spending the time on.
The honesty of the author, and his sensitivity to the fact that he was dealing with, soldiering with, and in some cases having to take the lives of other human beings, not just cardboard targets.
Haney's welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
American counter-terrorist lives through decades of the changing role of the U.S. around the globe.
Although the reader did an ok job, and it wasn't hard for me to listen to, I would have enjoyed a little quicker pace. The story Eric Haney tells is more than worth putting up with a little lackluster narration.
The book gives an in depth look at how the unit was formed, how the unit was trained, and how the unit grew to adapt to its niche purpose.
At the same time the book gives an account of how much it was misunderstood, under-appreciated initially, and in a few cases perhaps misused.
I was particularly intrigued by Eric L. Haney's viewpoints in the afterward on America's current actions and involvements in the war-on-terror. He has a unique worldview that most of us would find difficult to grasp, but at the same time has an inside look at the motives behind Americas actions in the war-on-terror.
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This book made me wish for traffic jams so that I could listen to it more. It's a first hand account of the selection, training and day-to-day operations of the most elite military group in the US. Fantastic listen and an excellent narration.