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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

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Read at 1.25 speed

Reading at 1.25 speed made the narration much better. The narrator speaks unusually slow and I almost couldn't take it. Once I sped up the narration it became a much more enjoyable read.

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  • John
  • PICKERINGTON, OH, United States
  • 03-27-15

Beckwith Makes Me Proud of my Army!

What did you love best about 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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Delta Force?

When Beckwith showed how his semi Brit tacticts & training works & beats hell out of shoe posish!

Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is by far the best read I have listened to in over 600 Books Just great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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!

Any additional comments?

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good Military History

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.

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Very good!

This book was very informative. I loved it. Also check out "Inside Delta" by Eric Haney. It deserves 5 stars as well.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-26-15

compelling

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.

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The guy that built Delta force.

The book surpassed my expectations. If you are interested in how Delta force was built, this is the book for you.

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  • Paul
  • Edmond, OK
  • 12-16-16

What a great story, performance, and topic.

It was torture to stop and go to sleep. Aged as it is, it is still a very timely topic.

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this was a very interesting book and I enjoyed it

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

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A Good History Book

What did you love best about Delta Force?

Its history told by its founder

What did you like best about this story?

Beckwith's persistence

What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

It was fine

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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Good stuff

Excellent book, fantastic narration. Gave real insight into a clandestine military unit. I will listen to this again. Great for historians and buffs alike.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful