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Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit [Paperback]

Eric L. Haney
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22 May 2008
Now the inspiration for the CBS Television drama, "The Unit."

Delta Force. They are the U.S. 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 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

Inside Delta Forece
The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit

He is a master of espionage, trained to take on hijackers, terrorists, hostage takers, 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 behind-the-scenes 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: the Delta Force Operator.

With heart-stopping immediacy, Haney tells what it's really like to enter a hostage-held airplane. And from his days in Beirut, Haney tells an unforgettable 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 U.S. Marines at the Beirut 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, Eric 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 action that is sudden, frightening, and nonstop around the world.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435287169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435287167
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Un-put-downable' -- Eastern Daily Press

‘A tale of incredible heroism...excellent’ -- Washington Post

‘Haney paints a vivid portrait...his valuable book is also a compellingly timely one’ -- Booklist

‘Non-stop, page-turning drama...described in chilling detail’ -- USA Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story of America's elite military unit told by one of its founding members --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first half, but peters out 16 Feb 2004
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This is a pretty good story of one man's experience at the hub of Delta Force for a dozen years. Haney was right there from the beginning and was present at most of the unit's main actions - from the disastrous Iranian rescue operation to the only slightly less disastrous invasion of Grenada.
Haney comes across as a likeable and perceptive man. He also writes very well and has a knack for the sorts of details that make books like these worth reading. Delta Force is without doubt an impressive unit, and this book shows why.
Its main faults have been pointed out by other reviewers. Easily the best part of the book is the first half, covering Haney's early career and Delta Force's gruelling selection process. After that, it doesn't so much flag as meander.
Haney goes on all sorts of missions, but never really does very much. He goes to Beirut on guard duty, but nothing much happens. Haney's description of the failure in the Iranian desert is compelling, but he never really offers his thoughts on what went wrong. One of the most interesting sections of the book is where he talks about preparations for a mission to free US captives in Vietnam. This is surely worth a book in itself, but we never really learn very much, despite Haney's assurances that the story is genuine. Eventually, he injures himself on operations with the SAS, and has to retire to a normal infantry unit, which is where the story ends.
This is a still a very good book, and I highly recommend it, but it slightly dissapoints after the excellent first half.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising title, but... 28 Aug 2002
A book like this is the real gem on the book market. Reading a biography about arguably the most demanding carrier both mentally and physically that of a professional soldier (not to mention Special Forces) is rather rare. Before I purchased this book, I had great expectations and high interests in what the author has to say to the general public. After I had finished reading it I found myself disappointed to some extent, here is why.
Since this book is targeted for the commercial use I have realised after a few dozen pages that this book has achieved its purpose, probably satisfied appetites of average readers. What is more, Haney aspired to present us with the facts and concepts employed in secret tactics and military lives of covert soldiers. He has succeeded some might say, but in the eyes of the more acquainted persons with the subject; this book is a way below its true potential. Selection process for the elite unit Delta Force is described in detail, but for the author it took place decades ago and it is not significant anymore. I understand that this is a biography, but the largest part of the book focuses just on that, on his struggle to be accepted into this unit.
Moreover, the second part of this brief biography is concerned with the Haney's memories of the real action that he was involved in around the globe, from South America to the Middle East. As implied by my previous thought, his account of the heart pounding operations occupies a small portion of the book. In other words, after finishing reading this book, you have a feeling that this book is too short. Moreover, from his writing style one can conclude that his expression in the written form is not his best side. Some parts of the book are intriguing and well explained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 'inside' account of Delta Force so far. 26 Jun 2002
Eric L. Haney is the genuine article. He is one of the few to have served in this most elite of special forces. I brought this book right back when it had only just been released and read it from cover to cover in one loooooong sitting, (I have read it several times now all told). I couldn't put it down. If like me you have an avid interest in U.S. special operations forces, (especially Delta Force), then this is a must.
You get a wealth of 'inside' information told by Haney on all manner of operations he and others have been involved in. Some of these many will know, (eg Iran - Eagle Claw and Grenada), but there is plenty of lesser known ones, (eg Beirut, Honduras and Sudan). I was positively left begging for more.
I for one will be amongst the first in line if Mr Haney brings out anymore books on Delta Force.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read 25 Mar 2004
I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book. It's true that at least two thirds of the book deal with the setting up and training of the group, but I found these details ( particularly the training ) to be fascinating. The real action comes much later in the book and this is not described as well as the previous chapters but is still interesting.
There are certain revelations in the book which are both surprising and disturbing ( Vietnam after the war, Covert actions in Central America, and successful ( information ) breaches of American Security by the Delta Force operators in training exercises ).
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
But after that the book kind of drops off. There is no doubt Eric haney is the definition of the word 'Commando', a professional and elite soldier. However the story kind of drops off after he completes the 'Operator' Course, and history dictates that nothing much happens afterwards. Lots of preperation, Call-Outs/Stand-Downs and drilling, and a short war, but thats about it, really.
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Exactly what it said on the tin. It was a well thumbed book but still in good condition. Very easy to read,cleared it in one day. Def for those interested in military.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A really enjoyable read, excellent insight into the American Secial Forces and their missions. Highly recommend if you are interested in military life and counter terrorism of all... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good read
There seem to be a lot of Seal and Delta force memoirs out there now. I think this one would rate as the best American one out there. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Nj Mcallister
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great book, tells of true covert and special forces training, realisic and written as it happens in real life, great great read,(like you were there with them)
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Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Pedro Cerqueira
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book is very interesting especially the insight into the training, you can see why they went on to make the unit .
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