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For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of 72, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars - including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.

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Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

Billy Waugh is one of those hard men who do that which only they can do in order that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. The man is an authentic American Hero, who nonetheless blushes at that title.

Billy Waugh’s accounting amounts to an amazing depiction of what actually occurred in US Army SOF/SOG and the CIA, from the Korean War thru Vietnam thru hunting Carlos the Jackal thru the defeat of the Taliban during Enduring Freedom. Well worth reading twice !!!

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  • TAG P.
  • South Carolina, US
  • 06-15-17

Wealth of knowledge

This man has so much knowledge and experience, he could write 10-15 great books.
A movie needs to be made about this hero.
Buy it

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The man

This book was very informative and shows that some men are just badass. Billy should have been able to get the highest position in the special forces to lead men of he’s type a must read highly recommended.

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AMAZING stories from a 50+ year career.

this book is full of grit, love for the military, love for the United States of America, and love for combat. Truly breathtaking stories and insights and motivation contained herein. Proof that the human mind is the most powerful force for survival and achievement in the universe.

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FANTASTIC! One Badass Clandestine Career

Frank and entertaining, this book is written in an engaging and personable way - I felt like I wanted to buy the author a beer and just keep listening. No BS and all backbone, I loved this book.

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outstanding story of a true American hero

I loved every aspect of this book from start to finish. the authors story of his service from Korea to the GWOT is incredible and narrator does an excellent job as well.

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Outstanding Book!

First off, Joe Barrett (the narrator) did a terrific job! Perfect man for the job.
This book gives an insight into Billy Waugh’s life and career with an emphasis on his tracking of Bin Laden and Carlos the Jackal. Excellent book! A must read for anyone interested in military history, Special Forces, and / or the global war on terrorism.

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A MUST READ!

I live a great life. I live in a free nation...a free market economy, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and unparalleled opportunities. These abundant blessings are due to Billy Waugh and all the American heroes who risk their lives for all of us.

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Was spellbound every minute!

This military biography/spycraft/wisdom literature drew me into binge listening. Narration is otherworldly good. I mean, the narrator gets it and gets it across on the level of Morgan Freeman to cite a well-known example.

The author is well-known to many Special Forces warriors and CIA operatives and is the opposite of a publicity hound. His Carlos the Jackal exploits were not public until well after the fact. Also, he was 71 years old when he participated as one of the first combat warriors in Afghanistan in the earliest phase of official American action in those cold mountains. There's an article on him in Wikipedia.

In my view, Billy Waugh's motivation for this biography is to employ his entertaining style to enter his opinions into the public record. Billy (that's what fellow operatives called him) honed a common sense approach regarding the nature of war, the conflict of Islam with the West, terrorism, the application of technology to warfare, intelligence operations and how an individual can make an outsized contribution.

I was thoroughly entertained and came away with renewed appreciation for the value special forces bring to our nation. I wish their viewpoints, based on real and gritty experience, would be continuously elevated into the public discourse. But that may never happen because by design, Special Forces operate in secrecy.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
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Lead, Follow--Or Get The Hell Out Of The Way!

"Hunting the Jackal" is an unapologetic, in-your-face, raw memoir that is history at its finest. Sometimes brutal, always intriguing, it tracks fifty years in the life of Billy Waugh, a man who can't stand not living on the edge.
Ironically, the weakest part (and it's only a taaaaad weak), is the account of the surveillance of Carlos the Jackal as it chronicles the tedium that is part and parcel of observing the object to be apprehended. Historically, the French nabbed the Jackal, but here you'll find the down and dirty work was done consistently by Waugh and a couple others.
The strongest part, and the part that Waugh was proudest of and which shaped him mightily, is the story of his seven and a half years in Vietnam. That section of the book sears and sizzles, leaves you scarred and brutalized. But it left Waugh invigorated and enthusiastic. And thus follows a life of covert operations, training foreign commandos, spying/espionage, and even a hated bit of time in the US Postal Service, where he was dying to get back to the adrenaline-fueled rush of combat and service.
Barrett does a great job (he does military like nobody's business; see: "Roberts Ridge" and "Defiance"), making this the look-back of an older soldier surveying his decades of duty.
There is violence, there is some profanity, there's a lot to make you wince, a lot to make you proud.
Truly, a great listen!

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