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Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with a Commando in One of the World's Most Elite Counterterrorism Units Hardcover – April 29, 2008

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“The book gives an unvarnished account of life in an elite Israeli counterterrorism unit—a side of life with which few Israelis and almost no foreigners are familiar.” (Washington Jewish Week)

“He brings us into the shadowy world of Sayeret Duvdevan, offering details of his missions and his training, throwing in some contemporary and historical context, introducing us to his comrades-in-arms and delivering numerous gory anecdotes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Aaron Cohen has something to say. And he knows what he’s talking about. If you’re conflicted about how aggressive America should be in the global fight against terrorism, read this book. Cohen knows that national survival ain’t free. A no-nonsense, riveting read.” (General Tommy Franks (ret.))

“It’s more than a story of the making of an elite unconventional warfare operative—it’s a real, in-your-face, and mesmerizing look at the birth of a patriot. You will be inspired, believe me.” (Dale Brown)

About the Author

Douglas Century is the author of Barney Ross and Street Kingdom, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Takedown. His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone and the Guardian. Douglas lives in New York City.

Aaron Cohen is a passionate founder of the modern-day Jubilee peace movement.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has received multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for his first audiobook, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061236152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061236150
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
One of Israel's most highly respected Special Forces Unit is called "SAYERET DUVDEVAN". The name "DUVDEVAN" is something of an inside joke to Israelis; it literally means "cherry". As most native-born Israelis know, "there is a species of cherry in the Holy Land that looks no different from the edible variety, but which packs a strong and often lethal poison. As a Special Forces unit operating undercover disguised as Palestinian men and women, "DUVDEVAN" is the "cherry" that may look harmless but often proves deadly."

The Jewish author Aaron Cohen was born in Canada and when his parents divorced moved with his Mother and sister to southern Florida. When Aaron was eight-years-old, as his mother was dropping him off at elementary school, she casually told him she was moving to Beverly Hills with his sister, but he couldn't come with them. He would have to stay in south Florida with his Aunt. Aaron felt abandoned, as of course any young child would in the same situation. His mother was pursuing a career in writing in the entertainment industry. She wound up meeting an older writer and producer Abby Mann, who had won the 1961 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie "JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG". A year or so later Aaron wound up moving to Beverly Hills where a normal week might include visits to the house by Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. His Little League team was coached by "Sonny Corleone" himself, James Caan. "Caan would show up on his Harley with some gorgeous young woman on the back, and there was always a different girl for every game. He obviously hadn't slept and was still bombed from the night before. Caan would show up at the ballpark blasted out of his mind, and start yelling and flipping out at the umpires for making a bad call. I was still pretty new to L.A.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By P. Willson on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A compelling read, very well-written and a good balance of very personal perspective and simply amazing descriptions of the brutal selection and training of Israel's top counter-terror commandos (as done in the 1990's).

Cohen, like his instructors and fellows, pulls no punches discussing the positives and negatives of the process. His own experience of how this kind of preparation forever changes the men who survive it, and then how the work itself inevitably degrades social connectedness and relationships is as psychologically detailed and perceptive as anything I've ever read, and I commend his ruthless honesty.

He also gives a fond but hard-eyed look at the changing Israeli society and the often unfortunate way it is absorbing some of our less positive qualities.

VERY highly recommended. A great read.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Brodie on April 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I heard the author Aaron Cohen on a radio interview and decided to buy the book. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. It is much more than an inside look at the clandestine warriors on the front lines of the international war against terrorism. It is a coming of age journey about a young man who finds himself and the meaning of life amidst the most extreme circumstances imaginable.

My girlfriend thought it might not appeal to her, but she started reading it after I finished and now she can't put it down. This would make an amazing movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DAT on February 20, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book - it was a fast read and very informative picture of a world most of us will never experience.

The Author did not grow up in Beverly Hills. He did spend some time there when his mother moved there to pursue a career in the entertainment industry but was extremely turned off by the aimless self indulgence of the culture there.

It was really fascinating that an impulsive act by his mom to send him to military school set him on his life's path - deep down he knew that military school was what he needed and he developed a fascination with the Israeli military. This eventually led to a single minded pursuit of a position in the Israeli special forces.

I enjoyed his insights into the diminishing of the culture of collective sacrifice among Israeli society. Despite being surrounded by the decadence of Hollywood, the author tapped into a deeper desire--to serve Israel.

I also enjoyed his description of Palestinian neighborhoods as ruled by a gang/thug mentality and populated by angry and frustrated young men who felt emasculated by Jewish rule (although he doesn't make the mistake of giving them a pity party like the liberal media does).

The description of the training was intense - indeed in the USA, so obsessed with protocol and not offending others, this type of training wouldn't even be legal, however Israeli's don't have the luxury of worrying about this stuff.

It was neat to read how he reconnected with the Israeli military when he opened up his own security firm. His description of periods of his life when he felt alienated and on the edge understore the difficulty of someone who has seen the horrors of war when they try to integrate back into a society that seems pampered and unaware of what is going on in the world.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jlbjr on May 3, 2008
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I heard the author being interviewed on the Michael Savage radio show and immediately went out to buy the book. I was definitely not disappointed an excellent read from a person who had everything except that which he felt was missing from his life which he went out to discover and found. A great book 100 stars could not put the book down once I started reading it. Hopefully he goes on a book signing tour or this is made into a movie
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