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Killer Elite: Completely Revised and Updated: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team

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For the first time ever, the explosive truth behind the world’s most secret Special Operations organization

A top-secret U.S. Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa’eda leader Osama bin Laden. “The Activity,” as it became known to ...

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Overview

For the first time ever, the explosive truth behind the world’s most secret Special Operations organization

A top-secret U.S. Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa’eda leader Osama bin Laden. “The Activity,” as it became known to insiders, has achieved near-mythical status, even among the world’s Special Operations elite. Hidden from the politicians and the government bean counters, the Activity has been carrying out deniable operations, preparing the way for Delta and SEAL Team Six.

            Now journalist Michael Smith gets inside this clandestine military team to expose their explosive history and secrets. Smith has spoken to many former members of the Activity and reveals the incredible truth behind the world’s most secret Special Operations organization, a unit that is at the forefront of the War on Terror.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An extensively researched and crisply written exposé . . . An important primer for anyone hoping to understand the successes and failures of U.S. intelligence in the last twenty-five years.” —-Publishers Weekly

 

“Well written and authoritatively sourced, Killer Elite is the first detailed account of a Special Operations unit that Smith regards as America’s most effective.”—-Sunday Telegraph (UK)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250006479
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 272,813
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Smith writes on defense for the Sunday Times of London. A former member of the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, Smith covered the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and has broken a number of important stories. He is the award-winning author of numerous bestselling books, including MI6: The Real James Bonds.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Prologue xi

1 Debacle at Desert One 1

2 Operation Winter Harvest 22

3 Inappropriate Action 46

4 Make the Ground Shake 69

5 "Those People in Washington" 94

6 The Felix Network 118

7 The War on Cocaine 146

8 Snatching War Criminals 175

9 "America's Avenging Angels" 205

10 A Real Killer Elite 239

Notes 295

Glossary 327

Bibliography 351

Index 357

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Interesting Read But Incomplete

    I am a former Navy SEAL and Vietnam Vet. My son is also a former Navy SEAL. I have numerous former team mates that I stay in contact with. All of us would dispute some of the information stated as fact in this book.After reading this book I felt I knew a little bit more about this intelligence unit. I think that the author's research was not up to par. He got some facts wrong and attributed certain operations to the wrong units. Some of the writing was disjointed. A lot of what I read left me confused because Smith would mention an incident and then drop the subject without an explanation.Overall the book was a fun read but not much more.

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