Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies

Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies

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by Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
     
 

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For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U.S. Spec Ops.

He spent seven and a half years behind

Overview

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U.S. Spec Ops.

He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s, and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars — including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060564100
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/24/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
248,169
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Billy Waugh is still involved in Special Operations around the world. He lives in Florida.

New York Times bestselling author Tim Keown most recently cowrote Rick Harrison's License to Pawn, and was the cowriter of bestsellers Bad as I Wanna Be by Dennis Rodman and Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton.

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Hunting the Jackal 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
billybob69 More than 1 year ago
This action packed book takes the reader to Vietnam where Billy Waugh, a Special Forces man in the US army, limps to cover after his platoon is ambushed. Billy then struggles to get back into military but finally finds his way as an independent contractor for the CIA. Billy then finds himself getting called in for special assignments. One of these assignments takes him to Khartoum where he is supposed to blend in and spy on alleged terrorists. At first he is assigned to watch and study Osama bin Laden. Within a few weeks he has an assassination plan, which is turned down by his chain of command. Billy then finds himself watching after Carlos the Jackal, a very dangerous man at the time. He watches Carlos and soon apprehends him. He then retires but soon finds out that a SF team is being put together, to be sent to Afghanistan. Billy, 71, goes to his chain of command and begs to be on this team. They very nicely disapprove of his plan because of his age and the weather in Afghanistan. His love for the adrenaline rush stops him from going home. He finally convinces them to let him go. This nail biting biography keeps you on your toes. However this book uses a lot of military jargon, which gets pretty confusing in some parts. Trying to understand some of the slang is the hardest part in reading this book. But, Billy Waugh does a magnificent job of telling the reader what exactly is going on and he shows how terrible conditions during these missions. Billy makes it seem like you're there right next to him, following him throughout the whole book.
DEGronquist More than 1 year ago
It is hard to find the true stories of CIA operatives and Independent Contractors of the brave and devious lives they live. The reason is simple, anything they say in a book has to be approved by CIA vetting before it can be published. This gutsy guy tells his story of Vietnam that led him to the CIA. It's about the capture of Carlos the Jackal in Sudan and how he could have taken out Osama bin Laden if... It's an amazing true story...
HotelGolfer More than 1 year ago
I was inspired to read Mr. Waugh's tale after seeing his name referenced in a fiction thriller by WEB Griffin. The detailed information on the special forces creation and his experiences in 'Nam lend to a thrilling and informative read. However, I wished to learn more of his later escapades that he was relunctant to share due to the "top-secret classified" nature of his work. Overall, an excellent read for those who looking for a true soldier's view of what needs to be done to properly protect our country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe one man found his way into as many of the world's hot spots as Billy Waugh. This book is a thrill ride of black ops, special ops and sheer survival. It's great to know we have people like him to protect our freedoms and do the dirty work the rest of us would rather ignore. The chapters on bin Laden and Carlos the Jackal read like the best spy novels. There's only one difference: All of this is true, too true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HUNTING THE JACKAL is an incredible and important look into the world of secret warriors working around the clock to safeguard our freedom. Billy Waugh has bravely and fearlessly fought in the shadows for half a century. He's hunted--and found--terrorists who top the Most Wanted lists, and here he shares an insider's untold stories about Carlos the Jackal and Osama bin Laden and others. His covert, thankless missions in the world's hellholes has not been pretty work, and what warriors like Waugh do and how they do it is not particularly appropriate for some polite conversations. But that is the point, particularly in a post-9/11 world where stopping terrorist attacks will take more brave men like Waugh. This is a well-written book--better than most--that lays out the real underworld in a clean, engaging fashion. You're quickly taken along on an amazing life, and before you know it, you're at the last page, overwhelmed at what you've 'witnessed' ... and wanting more. The best-selling author W.E.B. Griffin said it best: ¿Waugh is the warrior¿s warrior. From Special Forces missions in Vietnam to black ops work around the world, he has fought our worst enemies hellbent on harming America in ways unimagined. We sleep soundly, our freedoms defended, thanks to men like Waugh. This is his remarkable story -- read it and understand what too few do.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very well written account of a truly amazing man's life, spent protecting our freedoms.This book gave me some insight as to what the special forces does, and made me consider becoming a special forces operative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I served with Billy, and was proud to be involved with several operation with this true HERO. All of the vivid detail laid out in this book brought back a lot of memories, and is accurate and bone chillingly correct. America owes a great deal to this outstanding individual.
Bingobuddy More than 1 year ago
The book title puzzles me as the last 60 pages is the only time the Jackal is mentioned. My biggest problem with the book is the "I" syndrome." . It is obvious he sets himself above anyone else in doing anything. I found the Jackal, I called in a air strike that saved everyone, I developed the film and it was perfect because I am the only one that knows how to develop film that was shot perfectly. I was a Air Force photographer and I am not sure what he is describing in film developing and I could teach a 10 year old to develop film. Black and white film developing is not that hard.as long as you can watch a timer and can read a thermometer. I think the book might be better if the title was changed and the author leaves out the cursing that was not needed to make a point. I would suggest the book called Jawbreaker by Gary Berntsen which is a lot better book.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
I give the accomplishments a 5-Star rating. The guy is an American Hero, but he ruined the book for me by including politics, his like or dislike of administrations. He is also apparently full to the brim with himself, which is fine, but don't keep talking about NOT being a hero, when that is the whole idea. Just tell us the amazing stories and missions that make me proud as an American, leave out the politics and self-glamorization.
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ME6135 More than 1 year ago
Billy Waugh might be old but he has his stuff together in this book, He tells it like it is and holds nothing back.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy was really nervous the day I let the fuel run low on one tank In an (O-1) over the jungle in Vietnam. The engine began to sputter, this really cool soldier asked, 'What happened?' in a nervous voice. I switched tanks and all was fine. A great book. Well worth the read but he didn't tell all did he?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Then by sumtin sumtin sumtin she is now ur wife. U can kiss the bride." He leaves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaveing you one so you two can fwck each other