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Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with a Commando in One of the World's Most Elite Counterterrorism Units Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“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
A writer and television producer, Aaron Cohen has won fourteen Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work at NBC and HBO, and has twice received the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Writing for his work on the critically acclaimed boxing documentary series 24/7.
Douglas Century has coauthored several national bestsellers including Under and Alone with William Queen, Takedown with Rick Cowan, Street Kingdom: Five Years Inside the Franklin Avenue Posse, and If Not Now, When? with Colonel Jack Jacobs.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enthralling read. No nonsense depiction of the author's experience during training and his unedited views on the US approach to a new reality for Americans- terrorism on home soil,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by MMAviles
The author shows that we have yet to fully grasp the threat of terrorism in this country or adapt our policing strategies to deal with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Fogg
This was a good account of the training and missions of the Israeli Special Forces. I would recommend to this to anyone interested in military memoirs or politics/history of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jmac
I was very pleasantly surprised. The book is divided (in my mind) into 4 sections. The first is how he wound up in the Israeli Army. I thought his story rang true. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teanecks Own
Amateurishly told. Poorly written. Too repetitive, too shallow. This book left no cheap jargon unstated.Published 4 months ago by David Henderson