Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit (Unabridged)
by Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
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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.
CSM Haney's demand for excellence and professionalism are woven into every fabric of this book. This book places the reader in a world of highly skilled master craftsman, perfectly trained and ready to kill to protect our freedom.
As a bonus it brought me back to my days at Bragg. All the way, CSM Haney!
I will surely be listening to this again.
If you are a soldier, or have had the privilege of working along side guys who are worth there salt then you will live this book. My only regret is that I finished it so quickly. I served and have jumped out of planes and to hear the way Eric describes his jump actually made my heart quicken. This is not a politically driven book but an account of an old soldier telling a story of his life. Thank you Eric for your service and your book.
Trying to make a buck
This book is full of anitquated and fabricated info written by a guy who did very little in Delta and spent virtually no time in combat. One of the many folks trying to make a buck off "Spec Ops" experience. If you left Delta in the 80's you did a great job getting it started but spent less than a couple of months in combat(Grenada). Current Operators have upwards of 5-10 years of hard core combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, this guy is a joke.
Why would he leave Delta to serve in a infantry unit in Panama......hmmmm