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Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit Paperback – August 30, 2005
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Post-military, Eric plied his trade as an international security operative in various areas of the world, with special expertise in the Middle East and Latin America.
In the year 2000 Eric's life took a much different tack when he moved into the world of literature and entertainment. His best selling book, INSIDE DELTA FORCE, published around the world, in fourteen languages, became the basis of the hit CBS television series, THE UNIT, of which Eric was writer and executive producer.
In addition to INSIDE DELTA FORCE, Eric is author of the military/political science book, BEYOND SHOCK AND AWE.
His soon to be released novel, NO MAN'S LAND, which will hit the bookshelves in February, chronicles the adventures of knight errant and international man of action, Georgia native, Kennesaw Tanner.
Today, Haney lives in Georgia and works where he pleases.
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For the record, it should be noted that the only legitimate dispute those men have with the book (all others being verifiable with research) is whether or not Logan Fitch was punched in the nose at Desert One. Fitch says not; that he would have killed any civilian who did that -- despite orders from President Carter not to harm civilians.
In Mark Bowden's book, "Guests of the Ayatollah," Fitch explains the bloody nose he was sporting that night like this: He was attempting to make an Iranian civilian outside the bus stand up. The man refused, so Fitch fired a shot into the ground. When the man stood up and made a move as if to run, Fitch swung his weapon at the man to clobber him with its butt and in the process, raked his own nose with his own gun sight.
Haney wrote that the nose punch happened, in the context of a highly complimentary sentence about Fitch's "leading from the front" (rare for a Delta officer). I've heard that story from other Desert One veterans. Be that as it may, Fitch remembers it differently. But Fitch doesn't dispute Haney's crediting him for saving his life that night by pulling him on board the last C-130 leaving the ground. The other commanders -- including Bucky Burruss -- left on the first plane out, before they knew for sure who was alive or dead from B. Squadron.
There are a number of good books, both academic and personal, on the subject of Desert One. Beckwith's Delta Force; Kyle's The Guts to Try; Bill Daugherty's (CIA hostage in Iran); and now Mark Bowden's.
Neither Beckwith, Kyle, nor Fitch were called traitor for writing their books and articles on Desert One.Read more ›
Haney describes in detail how, starting from Colonel Beckwith's vision, Delta Force was created from scratch. An early section of the book describes the torturous tests used on candidates for the newly forming unit. He also reveals the elements that Delta Force's creators drew upon as they shaped the emerging organization. Fundamentally modeled on the British Special Air Service commando organization, the new force drew its research and training from many sources: Secret Service snipers, Delta Airlines, the Department of Energy's Nuclear Emergency Search Teams, a veteran CIA agent, and more, including convicted criminals who provided insights into breaching and demolitions. We get to see how each ingredient is added into the potent mix. This glimpse into Delta Force's "DNA" is absolutely fascinating. Equally gripping is Haney's account of the actual training received by selectees for the new unit; the training includes a detailed espionage exercise that reads like something out of a suspense novel.
A high point in the book is the official "birth" of the new Delta Force as "a fully grown and reasoning predator, armed with fangs and claws and intelligence, able to run and to fight.Read more ›
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Well written, fast read, very informative and engaging. No fluff or filler, readable cover to cover.Published 12 days ago by nero
My friend works with private army. They hire SEALS,Green Berets, and Delta Force. My friend informed me that Delta Force members were the most fitPublished 17 days ago by Anthony S Amadio
CSM Haney tells it like it is...insightful read about the Delta organization, it's creation, mission and truly outstanding soldiers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vince vukelich
Great book. It takes you through the experience of one guy trying to be in Delta Force. It made me feel like I was right there beside him as he raced up and down forest covered... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
YOU KNOW - AMERICA JUST DOES'NT HAVE MUCH THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT, AND HERE'S A BOOK ABOUT
A CREW THAT USED TO BE FAIRLY SECRET . . . . . . . .
Very well written account of the original selection process, training, and select operations of one of the first members of Delta Force.Published 3 months ago by griffin7