Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military's Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit

Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military's Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit

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by Charlie A. Beckwith, Donald Knox
     
 

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The only insider′s account ever written on America′s most powerful weapon in the war against terrorism

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The only insider′s account ever written on America′s most powerful weapon in the war against terrorism

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Delta Force, considered the equivalent of SEAL Team 6, are far more tight-lipped than the SEALs.”
Washington Post
“Delta Force is arguably the most effective fighting unit in the world.”
Los Angeles Times
“The Army’s most elite commando unit.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Absolutely compelling...nations without men like this simply don’t survive.”
Armed Forces Journal
“A page turner. ... Hard to put down. ... One of those rare books that military people will annotate and underline and hesitate ever to lend out. ... Beckwith’s candor is extraordinary.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062268181
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
152,548
File size:
651 KB

Meet the Author

U.S. Army Colonel Charles A. Beckwith was the founderand first commanding officer of Delta Force. For his service,he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star,Legion of Merit, and Purple Heart. He is interred in the FortSam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

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Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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AN INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF THE BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES' FIRST ELITE COUNTER-TERRORISM UNIT. WELL WRITTEN AND ENTERTAINING, I HAD A HARD TIME PUTTING IT DOWN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read...very informative and interesting. You won't be able to put the book down. See how The Unit began and how they perfected their craft.
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funreaderJH More than 1 year ago
This book is a detailed account of both the inspiration for and circuitous path of the creation of Delta Force and the internal military politics/jealousies which had to be overcome to permit the creation of Delta Force. After Delta Force is operational, the book covers the attempted hostage rescue of the American Embassy in Iran. When read in conjunction with Inside Delta Force by Eric L. Haney, the reader will have an appreciation for the soldiers who conduct these type of operations and even have an understanding of what happens behind the scenes in crisis situations in today's world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone interested in what goes on in the Special Forces community. Col. 'Chargin' Charlie Beckwith takes you through his tours of duty and how after serving with the SAS realized America needed to be able to go after terrorist. His insight brought us Delta Force even though many in our government didn't see the need for it. He takes you through it's birth all the way to the mission in Iran. You won't want to put it down. Thank God Charlie had the vision to protect us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really shows you the inner workings of what it took to build up delta force. How many people didn't want to have an organization like this and wanted it to fail. It shows in detail what happenned at Operation Ricebowl. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about counterterrorist groups. It gives a good detail about what it takes to be in this elite unit. The chapters keep you going and at the end of each chapter you want to know more. A very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly inspirational. A must for anyone interested in the origin and development of Delta. Two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank god for men like him. He knew what needed to be done, years before anyone else. He also knew how to do it. I would feel safer if he were still in the army
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not normally express my opinion in these online reviews; however, those who chose to review this book negatively are so wrong that I felt I needed to say something. Perhaps Col. Beckwith can be a touch self-aggrandizing, but he tells an excellent story that sheds light on a very mysterious and secretive unit. If he left out details, it was because he had to. If you don't like his lingo, like using the term green beret, well all I can say is that he is a man who would know the appropriate terms for members of his own profession. If a former special forces officer with combat experience who dedicated his life to special ops and founded america's most elite special operations unit wants to call men in his former unit green berets, I think he has earned the right. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for Col. Beckwith and I thoroughly enjoyed his book. I simply could not put it down. I recommend it to all who are curious about special operations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry that Col. Beckwith chose to glorify himself rather than the men he led. I am an avid reader of special forces history and think he could have done a much better job of describing what was done and how it was\is done as well as the future of the unit. To tell half a story is worst than not telling the story at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read many military books, and i feel the authur should have stuck with soldiering. beckwith uses phrases in his book that anyone who knows the correct phrase cringe, such as 'gree beret', which is HEADGEAR, not a type of soldier....for shame
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry to spill the beans but Col. Beckwith's account of his 'single handedly' created, trained and developed an American SAS-style unit does not do it for me. I think his account of the failed rescue in Iran is in my view an effort to pass on responsability for his own failures
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Very intense and informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what I was expecting from this book. I enjoyed it though. The author, Colonel Beckwith, obviously is one tough soldier. He gives a complete overview of how the Delta Force was established by himself. Respectfully, the Colonel does not go into too many details about current Delta Force missions. I respect that, but as an interested reader, it is disappointing. I do recommend the book. It is worth the expense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very in-depth and informative book about the US Army's secret force. What makes it so interesting is that it is a book on a topic there is very little information about. I feel that very few information should be reveiled on this subject, because the success that comes with combat situations nowadays is all about secrecy,the element of surprise
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in elite special operations units and counter terrorisim. A detailed history on the creation of the U.S. Army's elite counter terrorism unit, Delta Force. A suprising look at inter army politics and jealousies regarding the formation of Delta ( ie: attempts by some in the U.S. Army to destroy Delta before it got started). Excellent descriptions of selecting and training of the first operators of the unit. An excellent book !