©2008 Aaron Cohen; (P)2008 Tantor
"Aaron Cohen has something to say. And he knows what he's talking about....A no-nonsense, riveting read." (General Tommy Franks, U.S. Army, Ret.)
"A raw, intensely personal, and astonishing look at the journey of a very unlikely hero....It's more than a story of the making of an elite unconventional warfare operative-it's a real, in-your-face, and mesmerizing look at the birth of a patriot. You will be inspired, believe me." (Dale Brown)
I found the book both entertaining and informative. Provides insights one never consdiers.
I find his voice easy to listen to.
I thought this book was going to be about a war hero and it turned out to be the philosophical difference in the American approach to terrorism and the Israel approach.
It is a great read that keeps the reader turning the page with a mix of excitement and thought provoking ideas.
The ironic part is when the author compares the two nations priorities. Drugs for example, the author illustrates how the US commits a large number of resources to drugs. Not only does every law enforcement agency from local to federal handle it, they even created a who federal agency to combat it. In contrast, Israel classifies drugs as it classifies any other illegal activity and leaves it for every law enforcement agency to handle, instead it focuses resources on terrorism because that happens on every street corner. The author asks the question, how many people will have to dies, how many terrorist strikes will have to happen in the US before anti-terrorism becomes a part of every law enforcement agency just like anti-drug enforcement has. Whether or not you agree with this comparison or not there are many other parallels the author draws, it is definitely food for thought. The reason this is such an interesting book is because he has the benefit of being an insider for both the US and Israel, serving first a elite special forces soldier in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and now as a private consultant for many law enforcement agencies in the US.
The first half of this book was incredible with the description of the training. This was the books strength, as the author really captured the transformation needed for this work and the psychological toll. Probably by design because of the secrecy of the missions, the book fizzles out after the author gets through selection and begins participating in operations. Unfortunately it made the book feel somewhat abrupt as it ended, but still worth a listen.
Say something about yourself!
Love war books and stories and this was a good one from a real guy who lived it. Writes clearly and tells a good story and was well worth the time and money. If I remember the book after 6 months then it must have been good or I is gettin old!
It starts slow, but, quite good once it gets going. Brought issues in perspective to dealing with terrorist and US need to adopt a more aggressive approach to security and counterterrorism. The closing of the book made me wanting to read more. I hope Aaron Cohen is working a sequel.
This book was an excellent account of a man's journey from Hollywood brat to elite IDF counter-terrorism team member. The book deals largely with his training and then some of his operational experience. It highlights the difference between US tactics and ideology and those of Israel in dealing with terrorist cells. The Israeli use of methods one would normally associate with undercover police work seems more effective than those that I was taught at SOT (Mott Lake) with its dynamic entries. All in all, a great insight into the way a nation that has been under seige for 60 years deals with problems just emerging in our world. I just wish that he had included more accounts of actual operations.
Often thought about stopping without finishing. It was not a gripping story nor was it a factually enlightening account. More like a story of high school summer camp.
I've always been fascinated by training required to become a special ops soldier. I read several books about Navy SEALs and gained tremendous amount of respect for those guys. But this book offered me a glimpse of the place under constant threat and what it takes to be a warrior in such conditions. Israel is even more selective in their process to find that perfect soldier. The training is even more brutal and yet justified. I really enjoyed this book. The story and action was captivating but the perspective of an American kid turned Israeli soldier was truly unique.
Yes. It was well written and well orated. The good true story of a kid who gave
the opening describes a horrible event but does so very effectively
A young man puts his life on hold to defend freedom abroad
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