Wanted: Volunteers for Project Delta. Will guarantee you a medal. A body bag. Or both.
With this call to arms, Charlie Beckwith revolutionized American armed combat. Beckwith's acclaimed memoir tells the story of Delta Force as only its maverick creator could tell it - from the bloody baptism of Vietnam to the top-secret training grounds of North Carolina to political battles in the upper levels of the Pentagon itself. This is the heart-pounding, first-person insider's view of the missions that made Delta Force legendary.
©1983 Charles A. Beckwith. (P)2014 Tantor
This book is geared toward big Whig officers and all the political hoops they have to cross in the career. If you are a common grunt DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
If your looking for a historical book from the founders perspective this book is for you. If you are looking for training/missions (other than operation Eagle Claw which is cover in detail) read Inside Delta Force.
How so terribly hard it was for our top Army Officers to recognise truth & the need to change with the times. Very sad, those body counters & fear of change Officers. But, I have seen them in all walks of kife, I'm sad to say.
When Beckwith showed how his semi Brit tacticts & training works & beats hell out of shoe posish!
This is by far the best read I have listened to in over 600 Books Just great.
The resistance to change by many Officers up the food chain. But, their unnecessary loss of American lives as a direct result of their stupidity or worse, their use of troops to aid their chances for promotion! The fires of Hell are not hot enough for their male egos!
I tip my hat to C. Beckwith & all of my thanks to the reader who brought this story to life. Well done & thank you! NDJohn
This is a great insider book. The narrator read a little slow and sounded like he was trying to ad-lib the story. But otherwise a great story. If SFOD really exists!!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment –Delta (SFOD-D) is the military’s formal name for Delta Force. The Department of the Army has Delta Force and the Department of the Navy created the SEALS during World War II.
The book is divided into three sections. The first is about the SAS (British), the second is about the creation of Delta Force and the third or last section of the book is about the U.S. hostages in Iran.
Beckwith tells about the year he spent with the British Special Air Service (SAS) and thought the U.S. needed to fill the void and create its own special force. This unit would be an elite counter terrorist unit.
The middle section is about the meetings and Army politics Beckwith had to deal with to create the Unit. The book has to do with the formation of Delta Force, and as with any organization I am sure Delta Force has changed over time. Beckwith includes information about his two tours in Viet Nam and the use of Special Forces.
The last part of the book is about the selection and training of the members of Delta Force. Beckwith goes into the planning and training for its first mission, the rescue of the U.S. hostages in Iran. The ill fated mission was aborted.
Beckwith is a highly decorated soldier, and his skill in shepherding his idea through the various obstacles placed by the Army, creates an interesting memoir. Alan Sklar narrated the book.
The book is written by the founder of the 1st SFOD Charlie Beckwith. The first third of the book was very interesting. That was the part when Captain Beckwith was learning. I did not enjoyed the last third of the book. There colonel Beckwith assumes a leading role in the US Special Operations community. For a man that have never gone through any selection (not even SFAS) and one of a very few Delta's commissioned officers that have not gone through their selection, colonel Beckwith strikes me as an overly confident and short sided commander. He is almost the complete opposite of Pete Blaber who's book I enjoyed much more.
I enjoyed this book a lot being a veteran myself and a member of the military some military units have a little more Mystique than others and this was a great book talking about one of the units with a little more lore than everyone else
Its history told by its founder
It was fine
The sadness of Desert One, Delta's first serious operational mission and it was a collosal failure due to a failure of vision at the highest levels of government.
Beckwith gave us an American SAS capable of coming to get lost Americans and doing it with quiet professionalism. Unlike the SEALS who the media seems to be obsessed with, 1 SOD-D (Delta) is never in the news. They do their job the way that they should without asking for anything other than a soldier's fair compensation. I know a Delta Operator and were I in a serious bind the knowledge that he was coming for me would give me the strength to endure.
There are great men and women and Beckwith got them stood up when nobody wanted to listen to him about the need for them in our forces.
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