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Inside Delta Force [Kindle Edition]

Eric Haney
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Book Description

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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From Publishers Weekly

Haney, a founding member of Delta Force who retired a command sergeant major, was a career army man, having served in the elite Rangers; his memoir covers his experiences during the formation and early operations of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. In the fall of 1978, Haney was recruited and ordered to report to a secret corner of expansive Fort Bragg, N.C., where he underwent a rigorous selection process familiar from similar memoirs. In the second section of three, Haney describes advanced work with explosives and weapons, studying airplanes to plan hostage rescues, and the "final exam," in which the class was sent to the nation's capital, given precise assignments and had to evade the FBI. (The result a red-faced FBI.) Haney then relates his assignments: he served three times in Beirut guarding the American ambassador, participated in the invasion of Grenada, served in several Central American countries and narrowly escaped death during the abortive rescue attempt of the American hostages in Iran. Will he and a partner successfully eliminate a sniper harassing the Marines in Beirut? Will his unit rescue hostages aboard a hijacked plane without losing any hostages? Readers of other special forces memoirs will find this one distinctive for Haney's attention to interservice rivalries (he has a lot of negative things to say about the CIA) that he believes compromised several missions, as well as for Haney's nuanced, often disgusted descriptions of the human cost of war.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–An adaptation of the authors adult book with the same title (Dell, 2002). The first part of the book gives an overview of Haneys military career and his association with the force and describes the red tape and planning that was required of those who wished to create a new, secret military unit that officially did not exist. It also includes a description of the physical challenges required of those who were chosen to participate in what was a preliminary round of qualification tests. Those who were successful in all the tests were then eligible to participate in the actual selection process. The second half of the text shows the sometimes brutal challenges the successful candidates were required to complete and details some of the actual training sessions. The narration concludes with the unit being sent on a dry run scenario in order to practice newly acquired skills. Black-and-white photos and documents are included in a centerfold. The reading level is not extremely high, but the subject is more likely to be of interest to older readers. This is an excellent choice for students with military interests.–Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440237335
  • Publisher: Dell (July 29, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFO6O
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253 of 262 people found the following review helpful
I am Eric Haney's wife. I put my name and bias on the table. If only that were the case with those retired Delta men.

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.

Oh. Well.

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.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of a remarkable fighting force September 2, 2005
"Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit," by Eric L. Haney, is a gripping book written by one of the organization's founding members. Haney retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major with over 20 years service. Early in the book Haney introduces the reader to Delta Force founder Colonel Charlie Beckwith, who had a vision of "a compact, highly skilled, and versatile unit able to undertake and execute difficult and unusual 'special' missions."

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.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait a minute August 28, 2006
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Be advised that this is a shortened version for "Young Readers" and not the original book written by Eric Haney. This version starts and ends with the Selection process and leaves out the balance of the various training and operations (about 2/3)ontained in the original book. It is a good read for what it is but the full version is much better. The product description does not make clear that this is a different version. This "Young Readers" version in hardback ran 246pp.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Hardy Boys" Revealed! May 18, 2002
This book is an incredible look inside the United States' most secretive/covert unit (incidentally they still refuse to admit its existence!) in the military, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-DELTA. This book provides all the background data Beckwith's book (Delta Force) does not cover, plus a lot more in-depth outline and descriptions of Delta selection and advanced training events (Operator Training Course). I found this to be one of the highlights. The book also goes in to first person detail of many operations conducted by Haney while serving in Delta, his insight and participation in these events gives a refreshing look at some of the more know escapades the unit has been involved with like, "Desert One" were he barely escaped with his life. The book also coves little know topics of Delta's operation and employment in Beirut, Grenada, and Honduras, which I found to be quite reveling and intriguing. I must let you know the book does not disclose any national secrets most of the information is over ten years old (as Haney retired from active duty in 1990.), but this work is probably the most current information one will find on this organization. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in special operations, or anyone thinking of given "Selection" a go. I also recommend reading Beckwith's book "Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit".
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a pretty good book
I thought this was a pretty good book. Prior to reading I didn't know the official connection between "The Unit" and this book (I had a used copy without the sticker... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jon Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Articulate account of formation of a Delta Force
Eric Haney is a brave man no doubt - and his recollections help foster gratitude for all the warriors who take on battles few of us can imagine, let alone know about. Read more
Published 8 days ago by ricetw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
CSM Haney has capture the essence of the things we need to do to rid the world of evil. We better get to the task at hand soon. A great tale of some very brave warriors
Published 12 days ago by facetingman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read.
Published 22 days ago by Vibro-King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Loved the Unit in TV. This book was a great insight in the formation of Delta. Would love to read more of Haney's war stories.
Published 22 days ago by Michael B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is about the delta selection process. easy read
this youth addition is about his journey through selection and training. Not about his time as an active opretive. Its an easy smooth read good for young teens. Read more
Published 27 days ago by tzvi teicher
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Excellent narrative
Great book. Excellent narrative. but I would have liked to know more about Haley's background. I didn't even know he was married until I read the "Acknowledgements" at the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Bigg Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haney is ONE BAD A**
Published 1 month ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read for young folks
Easy read for young folks. This is what the show "The unit" was based on. The early days of "Delta Force".
Published 1 month ago by Friar-Tuck
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Eric Haney, upon graduating from High School in 1970, embarked upon an all expenses paid, twenty-year world tour, sponsored by the United States Army. During that period of time he served in the Infantry, the Rangers, and was one of the original operational members of Delta Force. He retired from active duty in 1990 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

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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