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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.

©2004 Billy Waugh (P)2017 Tantor

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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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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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MUST READ if you like books on special forces

I have read countless books on military operations and covert action. This book has become one of my absolute favorites. The storied 50 year career of Billy Waugh is almost unbelievable! This man is legendary among the special operations community. The narration is great and I listened to the book nearly straight through!

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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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Good job Billy

Very interesting book. Loved the insight into the modern OBL stuff but Vietnam and the jackal were really the meat of the story. Poignant and funny. Narrator was great but some bad stitching in editing.

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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.