Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).
He is a master of espionage, trained to take on hijackers, terrorists, and enemy armies. He can deploy by parachute or arrive by commercial aircraft, survive alone in hostile cities, speak foreign languages fluently, strike at enemy targets with stunning swiftness and extraordinary teamwork. He is the ultimate modern warrior: the Delta Force operator.
In this dramatic chronicle, Eric Haney, one of the founding members of Delta Force, takes us inside this legendary counterterrorist unit. Here, for the first time, are details of the grueling selection process—designed to break the strongest of men—that singles out the best of the best.
With heart-stopping immediacy, Haney tells what it’s really like to enter a hostage-held airplane. From his days in Beirut, he tells a remarkable tale of bodyguards and bombs, of a day-to-day life of madness and beauty, and of how he and a teammate are called on to kill two gunmen targeting US Marines at an airport. As part of the team sent to rescue American hostages in Tehran, Haney offers a first-person description of that failed mission that is a chilling, compelling account of a bold maneuver undone by chance—and a few fatal mistakes.
From fighting guerrilla warfare in Honduras to rescuing missionaries in Sudan and leading the way onto the island of Grenada, Haney captures the daring and discipline that distinguish the men of Delta Force. Inside Delta Force brings honor to these singular men while it puts us in the middle of around-the-world action that is sudden, frightening, and nonstop.
©2002 Eric L. Haney; Afterword 2005 by Eric L. Haney (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The story of the US military’s elite counterterrorism warriors… Timely… fascinating… well-written.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
Haney's memoir of Delta Force is one of those influential military memoirs that sets the bar for future warrior authors. You can see its influence on the recent 'No Easy Day' (the memoir by one of the Navy Seals who hunted and killed OBL) and countless other minor trooper tales. That isn't to say this is a perfect memoir, nor a perfect history of Delta Force.
The very nature of Delta opererators, and the unit they served in, practically requires that memoirs of Delta Force (and the SF or Navy Seals) will always be viewed as partial truths, shaded stories, rumor, and myth. But like David Hackworth's 'About Face' before, this memoir is informative and entertaining. It is a single data point but shouldn't be taken as the gospel of anything, just a single (slightly biased) retelling of one man's memory of how things in a very elite military unit functioned.
The book begins by describing Delta selection and then the process through which Delta force established its procedures and culture and how they're prepared evolve through changing times. The second half of the book describes the author's participation in several actions. I really enjoy the first part of the book because the focus on developing methods and procedures really demonstrates good management methods. The narrator for the book is excellent as well. I highly recommend the book.
This book was very good, but might not be enjoyed by those without enough base knowledge to understand the detailed level of explanation of tactics and terminology used in the book. The narrator was good, and I had no complaints about him at all. If you want a detailed history of the first unit of dedicated spec-ops "Operators", then this is definitely for you.
I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
I've always wanted the inside story of the botched Iran hostage rescue and now I've got it. This is a very fast paced and intense look at what it takes to become a Delta Force operator. I highly recommend this book.
Command Master Sargent Eric L Haney describes his path from Airborne Ranger, SOFD-D selection (founding class), through some of our most well known and many unknown operations in AWESOME detail. Must have for military enthusiasts.
Good reader and good story. I loved the tv show "The Unit" and when I found out it was based on this book I had to give it a listen. Some really good stories about a group of people we rarely get to hear about.
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.
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!
I listened to the book and found it extremely accurate and a pleasure. Haney tells the story of his service; trials, tribulations and achievements in a no-nonsense and enjoyable way. Though I never arose to the status of a Delta Operator, I did have the honor and privilege to serve with two of the Army's special operations forces and can attest to the validity of this writing. Thanks for all you sacrificed CSM Haney! RTLW!
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
Learning about all the different training techniques that the Delta Force operatives used. It was good to know that we have soldiers taking a proactive approach to combating terrorism at home and abroad.
The descriptions of the training sessions for Delta Force operatives, especially the live fire shooting drills.
Bit too folksy
It wasn't the most compelling listen, but a solid and enlightening book about the formation of Delta Force.
I thought the book was good overall, however I found myself looking for some more gritty details about life in Delta Force. One highlight of the book is the author's postscript at the end. I think he does an excellent job of summing up the root causes of terrorism and makes a compelling argument about where our military focus should be.
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