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Operation Thunderbolt Audiobook

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive account of one of the greatest Special Forces missions ever, the Raid of Entebbe, by acclaimed military historian Saul David.

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe in Uganda - ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening.

Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu (brother of Israel's current prime minister.) Three of the country's greatest leaders - Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin - planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.

©2015 Saul David (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"This book is an enthralling, minute-by-minute retelling of the hijack and the dramatic rescue using new sources and material." (Max Hastings, author of Inferno)

"Totally thrilling, totally poignant. Bringing the greatest special forces operation of modern times blazingly to life, David's book, full of new revelations, written with the excitement of an action movie, the authority of a historian, is great drama, superb storytelling - and yet tells us much about the Middle East today." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem)

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    w4y35y Chicago, IL 02-23-16
    w4y35y Chicago, IL 02-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Lots of detail"

    I liked the meticulous detail about the hijacking and raid. I learned that the hostages were a mixed bag in terms of rising to nobility in the face of evil. Fascinating to hear of some (non-Israeli primarily) cheering idi Amin. The pilot does not come off well. Yoni Netanyahu also comes off in a mixed way.

    The one thing that I didn't understand is how the paratrooper shot in the spinal cord was found and rescued. Spoiler alert: I loved the PostScript about Haddad's chocolate... Karma.

    Overall this is a great exposition of a watershed moment.

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    Amanda Rudolph 01-28-16
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    "A story of true courage and political resolve"

    The Israeli rescue of the hostages in Uganda is a nearly mythical story which this book does a remarkable job telling. I was enthralled with the hour by hour description of the hijacking as well as the events leading up to the rescue. I was completely captivated during the actual rescue and couldn't stop listening until it was done.

    I was also impressed with the way the politicians both within and across parties came together to support such a dangerous and high risk strategy.

    It was disappointing (though unfortunately not surprising) to hear that many in the UN tried to condemn Israel for rescuing its civilian hostages and yet remained silent in their condemnation of the terrorists as well as their Ugandian coconspirators.

    Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable listen and one which I highly recommend!

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    S. Perry Canada 03-12-16
    S. Perry Canada 03-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    This was a really enjoyable audiobook. My wife commented in the background: "The only thing I remember about the raid on Entebbe is the movie about the raid on Entebbe"! Well, this certainly fills in the detail in an electric story that doesn't slow down, and doesn't get dry in imparting detail. The narrator was a perfect for engaging the listener, without any over-excitement. The was a great audiobook, and a terrific story.

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    Adam 02-26-16
    Adam 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Over all a good read."

    Packed full of info. Sometimes a bit to much. Some spots were a bit slow, over all it was enjoyable.

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    Chad 08-25-16
    Chad 08-25-16
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    "Melodramatic text and breathless delivery"
    What would have made Operation Thunderbolt better?

    Better writing, more in depth research into the mechanics of the IDF special forces would have made the book at least interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Operation Thunderbolt?

    Ehhhh...


    Any additional comments?

    Superficial treatment of the subject matter.

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    Attilashrugs CT, USA 06-22-16
    Attilashrugs CT, USA 06-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear crisp"

    This book is far more than a narrative of the actual operation.
    In clear prose and excellently narrated the book casts the hijacking of the Air France flight into its full context. The events are seen through many prisms: the psychological tension effecting all the participants, passengers, flight crew, and terrorists;
    the political process within the Israeli cabinet, the geopolitical setting in which this played out and the interaction of the nations involved; the murderous buffoonery of Idi Amin is seen;
    and of course the military.
    The course from having no military option to the consideration of various potential schemes, to the final plan with its precise timing all the while the terrorists' deadline approaching itself is shown.
    The psychological state and personality of its leader Yonitham Netanyahu is examined.
    The abrupt onset of the "fog of war" is experienced in the first minutes as a result of a tactical mistake by the very obsessively exact leader. Irony.
    The emotion of relief and PRIDE when the Israeli hostages first understood that it is "our men, our Israeli men!" that have appeared in the terminal. The horror is not neglected in favor of glory. The two hostages mistakenly killed by IDF and the loss and the maiming of young brave Israeli soldiers are given proper attention.
    Finally the effects the raid had upon terrorism and the moral uplift experienced by all and especially Israel are discussed.
    Excellent all around!


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    T. Riordan 04-12-16
    T. Riordan 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great true story"

    The author definitely did his research. I have read other books or stories on the raid, but none discuss the political build up or aftermath like this one. The reader is a bit monotone for my taste, but did an over all good job.

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    Ian M. Thomas 03-21-16 Listener Since 2004

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    "Know what you're saying"

    If you're going to read an audiobook, please, PLEASE, know how to pronounce what you're reading. Every time I heard the reader repeatedly mispronounce the Jewish/Israeli content, it was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I can't believe he wasn't given some sort guidance. If he wasn't, that completely explains the ignorance.

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    henry lennon 03-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't put it down"

    Excellent in every possible way.
    A must read in today's terrorism climate.
    Engrossing and so well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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