Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
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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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fascinating story. Is any of it true?
    I'll start with the good. I very much enjoyed Haney's writing style and overall storytelling ability. Others here have felt otherwise, so I guess this is just a matter of personal taste.

    My first con with the book was that roughly the first 60% of the book is devoted to selection and training. After reading a number of books on different special ops groups, this can get old quickly. Even so, Haney made this more interesting that most so I was happy to keep reading.

    My biggest concern with the book is that somewhere after the training section I started to get that feeling you get when listening to the loudest guy at the bar. For example, he tells us that he wanted to be a sniper, but that instead he became one of the "short gunners". The only sniper training he mentions during the training section is the training he said they gave the short gunners to better understand how to work with the snipers. In the first few stories he is a short gunner doing one mission or another. Then out of the blue he is ordered on a sniper mission in Beirut. He doesn't say he was a short gunner standing in as a sniper, he says he was a sniper. He then explains offhand how when he underwent sniper training in Delta force they learned how to mentally control which part of the body blood would flow to, having the ability to mentally direct blood to a specific finger even! Given that the first 180 pages of the book are devoted to selection and training (I'm not kidding), I don't see how he forgot to mention being selected/trained for sniper duty before this. In addition, for all other missions before and after this he's a short gunner.

    At one point in the book Haney tells us that he decided to evaluate any mission himself before deciding if he would follow orders. He makes a big point of saying that he and the other operators weren't afraid to disregard an order they didn't feel was right. Later in the book, he tells us how he lead a Honduran death squad with orders to kill guerrilla forces, even those who try to surrender.

    These are just a few of the inconsistencies in his story. Unfortunately as the book goes on, he sounds more and more like my more loony former college professors. Any time all of the facts point to Castro's involvement in terrorism, etc, Haney takes this as prima facie evidence of a CIA setup (seriously). In fact, depending on the story, the CIA is either hopelessly incompetent, or diabolically in control of everything that happens in the world. He also shares a really kooky back story for Grenada. You see, there was this big evil US corporation that didn't want to be taxed by a peace loving island nation in the Caribbean (he names neither the nation nor the corporation). Since they didn't like paying taxes, they decided to have the US imperialist running dog military industrial complex (ok, he didn't use exactly those words...) invade the country and stop the taxes. So the military spent billions preparing to invade this poor country, only to have the CIA fix the problem in the meantime with a coup attempt. Now the problem was, the military industrial complex had this fancy invasion plan ready with no one to invade. No problem, we'll just make up a story that Castro was taking over Grenada and invade them instead. ...more info
  • Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!
    Probably one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn't put this book down and finished in 2 days. Fascinating to learn how their are actually humans alive who can do these sort of things. This Eric Haney is a tough dude and a true professional!!! ...more info
  • A must for your Military book Collection
    Great Book. When ever I was in we always looked up to the Delta guys. First Is it true that the Govt new about Vietnam POWs but did nothing about it? Second Haney is a true patriot. Finally have a "good un'"...more info
  • Page Turner
    This is a page turner. It reads almost like a novel but it's a true story. There's a lot of time spent on training portion but it's really good.

    I first got this for my wife after we started watching "The Unit" (season one). She read it right away. I finally got around to reading it and I wish I'd read it sooner. The TV show incorporates a lot of the advanced training used (even paintballers will recognize some urban-warfare tactics used, although that's downplayed in the book)....more info
  • A Must Read for a First Hand Look at Delta Force
    A gritty telling of the inception of Delta Force from A to Z, this
    important historical and factual history is a must read for the
    student and afficianado of all things military. This and the
    simplified version for younger readers presents a complete picture
    of the intensity of training, testing, and preparation to be accepted as member of this elite protective force, and leads the reader to greater understandings of the political implications leading to many of the
    ops, both planned and aborted, during the author's long dedicated service. An absolute must read!!!Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist UnitInside Delta ForceBeyond Shock and Awe: Warfare in the 21st Century.(Book review): An article from: Military Review...more info
  • Not what I expected
    I was hoping this book talked about the actual missions. It does not at all! It goes over the selection process and training process. The part about the selection process held my attention. The part about training was a little dry....more info
  • Invisible Heroes
    This is a story of remarkable men, who like the author Eric Haney, have put their lives on the line to keep us safe. The book is surprisingly well written by a career soldier but it does leave this reader wishing for more details of missions and fewer details of the selection process. This book is well worth the price....more info
  • Awsome Book!!!
    This is a great book, is the book the TV Show "The Unit" is based on, just a good read....more info
  • Spec-Ops Triumvirate
    These were my recent when-reading-does-not-otherwise-require-serious-concentration books. I'll review them together since they have considerable overlap and then cross post this review.

    Why one might want to read these books together, or in quick succession, is that they cover Spec Ops, particularly counter terrorism, from the late 1970's to about 2004 and do so in a complimentary manner. For example:
    - Mr. Pfarrer did 7 months in Lebanon and covers some of the complexity on the ground there. While Mr. Haney only did one (successful) counter sniper mission there, Mr. Smith gives a detailed account of the politics behind the whole mess.
    - Mr. Haney did combat time during the invasion of Grenada, Mr. Pfarrer only heard about it from others and Mr. Smith again gives us the politics behind this operation.


    Warrior Soul by Chuck Pfarrer - 4 stars

    At first I was having feelings of regret over purchasing this book. The cover has a cheesy Hollywood photo of a Rambo wanna-be and the opening chapters have all the hallmarks of "military jock blows sunshine in ego inflating tall tale telling". Certain facts are a bit suspect. Take the following quote from the Author's Note, first page; "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field". I used to work with a guy who completed two combat tours in the Vietnam War as a Navy SEAL. He talked about the war on perhaps two occasions. The one I remember is the comment he made to another coworker about mining Haiphong Harbor at night and there was a relatively small but deadly explosive mishap underwater. Two SEALs were left in the water that night after the effort was made to recover the bodies. Given the extreme danger and great number of missions performed by SEALs I simply cannot believe others have not been unwillingly left behind under equally distressing circumstances.

    By about chapter 4 ("Operator 156") Mr. Pfarrer gets into his own as a writer and the book flows rather seamlessly from then on. The author does a great job of relating the attitude/culture and abilities of the SEALs. Unfortunately, but by necessity I think, the facts not involving the author's personal life have a high degree of gloss. Operationally we get a good idea of what SEALs are capable of but not really how they go about fulfilling those capabilities.

    One criticism of BUD/S comes to mind and if anyone reading this has an answer please feel free to leave a comment on this review. Training, particularly Hell Week, it seems to me, weeds out those less willing to suffer but also takes out a fair number of perfectly capable men. Sure training needs to be harder than combat but as the author himself points out some of the training crosses over the line from hard utility to plain stupidity. Washing out an entire boat crew because one or two members ring-out ends up removing one or more men who would otherwise have made a fully competent member(s) of the Teams. I guess maybe these guys are superstitious and if one is "unlucky" enough to get assigned to a wash-out prone boat crew then they don't want you or your bad luck on the Teams. To say the current system works well enough is to say `lets not find out if it can work better'.


    Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney - 3 Stars

    One thing I'll say for Delta Force members is that the mental stability of the men who are accepted into Delta is unrivaled. The SEALs are mostly crazy but have one redeeming mental quality - they can shut off the craziness to get the job done. Off hours there is no such restraint. And SEAL Team 6, the direct counterpart of Delta, is by far the craziest. Mr. Marcinko (founder of SEAL 6, known as "Mob Six" under his command) was Class-A egotistical bonkers and an insatiable thrill seeker. Just read his books if you don't believe me.

    Because the war on terror (war against extremists) is ongoing, neither of these first two books gives us much insight into specific techniques and/or training. I suppose that is a necessary element since, even though much of that can be found out on the web, one can never be sure about the accuracy of strictly web-based information sources.

    On the negative side Mr. Haney does not have the writing acumen of Mr. Pfarrer which interrupts the flow of his book. In his defense Mr. Haney has far less popular writing experience than Mr. Pfarrer (several major movie scripts) and, relatedly, may also not have had access to as talented an editorial group as someone with Tinsel Town connections. For example when Mr. Haney describes his encounter with an Army shrink; "`Haney,' he began in a sibilant voice". Seriously now, who, besides a parseltongued adept at Hogwarts, can reasonably be described as using a sibilant voice? People whisper when they talk sometimes but sibilance went out of the common parlance shortly after the days of Jane Austin. This type of airy language is used in conjunction with; "How dare that fat bastard speak to me that way" and the contrast is a bit distracting.

    However, this book is a quick read and has a useful, if short, epilogue on the war on terror.


    Killer Elite by Michael Smith - 4 Stars

    This book has a dorky (if apt) title and reads like a summary report for a house sub-committee member in DC. The latter is both its strength and weakness. The book is a quick enough read and gives some good insight and back story on SEAL 6 and Delta and an indispensable treatment of the Activity. The authors' background in writing history shows and that's a good thing if you like reading history. Extensively end-noted there is enough ancillary information to keep one reading for quite some time on the subject.

    Mr. Smith goes into more non-technical detail on how Spec-Ops was and is being used. So for instance we get to know just how many members of Delta, SEAL 6, etc there are at any given time (sorry but you'll have to read the book to find that out). His book also gives us some idea of the costs involved. My back of the envelope guess is that the major terrorist targets are costing our government (us taxpayers) somewhere around 5 billion each to track and put out of commission. That adds up to half a trillion dollars in just a few years - not a sustainable pace I think.

    Taken together these books give a good picture of what kind of effort the US and a few allies (most notably the UK and Australia) are throwing at the War On Terror. These books might accomplish the proverbial help in sleeping at night except for one tiny little fact. Osama bin Laden is still a free man. Not as free as he would like to be but still free and he must be the most hunted man on Earth in these days. I find it more than a little disturbing, after reading these books, that we cannot bring him to justice.


    And a couple of after thoughts:

    Another facet of modern Spec-Ops warfare not directly addressed is suicide bombers. While it is clear that the most effective means of combating them is to target and take out the leadership* there does not seem to be anyway to stop the bombers proper except by happenstance. Terrorists that want something can be delayed until taken out but a suicide bomber just has to get close enough to the intended target and (boom) in no time the task is complete(*the leaders aren't too crazy or dumb - that's what the bombers are recruited for because they're too dumb to scratch together a coherent bombing plan or build suicide/homicide vests).

    Lastly, there also seems to be no plan for building economies that breed people of responsible global citizenship. Not that this is a task for Spec-Ops but what good is it to chase and kill the current terrorist mastermind while waiting for the next one to show through some horrendously spectacular event? ...more info
  • This is a good book
    I got this book for my husband because we watch 'The Unit'.
    He said it was a good book but about the first half of the book talked about the selection process and I believe he wanted to read more about what they do.
    All in all, he really did enjoy the book and he was glad I got it for him....more info
  • The birth of a remarkable fighting force
    "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." Haney takes the reader beyond this milestone and into many missions undertaken by himself and other Delta Force operators: the botched attempt to rescue American hostages from Iran, an anti-sniper mission in Beirut, a seagoing countersmuggling operation off the coast of Central America, and more. Particularly interesting is Haney's account of the U.S. invasion of Grenada during the Reagan years; this section of the book includes a particularly powerful description of a combat helicopter assault.

    I have read many military memoirs and historical accounts, and this book stands out in a number of ways. Its exploration of the building of a brand new unit from ground up is striking and important. Also significant is the glimpse Haney offers us into what he calls "Mr. Reagan's secret wars in Central America," which the author further notes "were always merciless affairs." The book is very well written; Haney particularly shines in the mode of storyteller. He is equally skilled at describing colorful, heroic personalities and intense scenes of violence and destruction. Haney includes a post-9/11 postscript in which he offers words of encouragement to the reader. I highly recommend this book to those who love military nonfiction....more info
  • Inside Delta Force
    From a Non Military perspective this book is a must read. It provides insight into the US Army's most secretive Unit 1SFOD-Delta. I have searched high and low for a good Delta book and this goes way beyond good. After reading this book it makes me want to sign up. Have a Good 'Un !!!...more info
  • Failure a Hero not Maketh!
    Haney and crew, et al; "Chargin' Charlie" Beckwith and their "eluted" to stories of self-aggrandizement in "Delta" Force tend to bother me more than just a little bit.

    The Iranian FIASCO--was led by Colonel "Chargin' Charlie" Beckwith (From Plei Me "fame" where he got his nickname. He was supposed to relieve the pressure off the Special Forces camp that had been under siege and ended up "Chargin''" into the camp with 400+ Mike Force and overburdening the camp's supplies and overhead cover. He was supposed to stay outside the camp and harass the NVA surrounding it!) of which Haney was a "founding" member (whatever that means.) Delta claims to be super trained--yet they failed to have the filters in their helicopters changed from "over water" filters to DESERT filters because they were playing the secret spy game so close--they failed to tell their pilots where they were going! Idiots--comes to mind. Even then--Beckwith had the support elements to continue his mission--he aborted and more than 10,000 Iranians died because of that failed mission and America's pride was severely damaged.

    I was there when "Delta" took over the old stockade at Fort Bragg-very top secret stuff-but their results are highly questionable. IF Delta has done more than Haney tells us-then the SUCCESSFUL members of that great organization should keep the "Beckwiths" and "Haneys" in line.

    FAILURE IS NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT. Having a deep voice and chewing on cigars--does not make a Special Forces winner. In fact, the bravest and most effective SF man I ever met was less than 160 pounds and wore steel-rimmed glasses. He would have blended in at a librarians convention.

    Guarding ambassadors? Women can do that. Especially from air-conditioned cars and hotel rooms.

    Delta Force has it's place-but I have a problem with those who use "smoke and mirrors" to build a legend about themselves.

    Hanley's novel is another book where failure is turned into something to brag about. I for one am tired reading about Delta Force, navy SEALS and other special ops individuals writing about their failures and calling themselves "legends-in-their-own-time."

    And please don't tell me their successes are too secret to talk about-if you can talk about your failures-you can tell us about your successes also.

    Lordy!

    At least I write fiction and there is more truth in my fiction than many of these guys writing about themselves.

    Also note that Haney wrote about operations and tactics that were still classified and not cleared through the military--why?

    Donald E. Zlotnik, Major (Ret.)
    Special Forces
    Author
    "Eagles Cry Blood."
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  • This one pulls you into the action and gives you a new perspective
    I got a lot more than I expected from this book. I read it thinking it would be a fun diversion; a vicarious thrill looking into the lives of some guys I wish I could be - Eric Haney wasn't content to let me leave with that little.

    I did get the thrill I was looking for at the beginning of the book as Haney describes the selection process for Delta Force and then the training he went through as a member of Delta. This part of the story is what every little boy dreams about but few of us grow up to have the fortitude or will to actually endure. You are right there with Haney as he learns to raid a room with live "hostages" sitting right there with live ammunition whizzing past their heads. It's a fun ride.

    Things change though. You're also there with Haney as he sees more of the dark side of people than any person can see without being changed. The thing that Haney does so well as an author is match his writing through tone and word choice to his changing perspective as a character in his own story. He's clearly been able to put himself back in the frame of mind of 10, 15, and 20 years ago in order to accurately tell his story - the result is surprisingly deep.

    You'll finish the book with immense respect for these people and their professionalism, an understanding that things go on in this world that most of us never hear about, and the unfortunate knowledge that people in high places sometimes put their own large-sized interests (read careers and reputations) ahead of the huge-sized (read life and death) interests of others.

    You travel Haney's path with him, from an eager, excited, professional soldier to a guy who has just seen too much to view the world the way he used to. Through it all though, it never gets hopelessly dark. Haney maintains a sense that things are still going to be OK, and that means a lot coming from a guy who's seen as much as Haney has.

    Recommended for more than just fans of military memoirs - this is a great story told quite skillfully....more info
  • Incredibly good book
    This is one of those books you can hardly believe got written, about a military force you can hardly believe got formed. Even skeptics about the military will be impressed. Haney, a founding member of Delta Force, turns out to be an excellent writer. He learns, and tells, many truths about the modern world, including venal elements within our own government.

    But his main skill is his ability to take the reader through the astonishing training regimen these guys endure, and then to take you along on some of his even more astonishing missions. These guys are the modern Spartans... for better and worse....more info
  • My Favorite Book So Far
    Wow, this book is awesome and sure is a bang for your buck. If you've always been interested in the elite military units or counterterrorist units this is the book for you! First off its non fiction, so what you read in the book are actual events narrated through a very decorated member of the US Army. From his roots in the elite Rangers to his selection, training, and execution of missions as an individual "operator" in the secretive delta force, this book tells it all. I highly recommend you get this book....more info
  • You don't read this book - you live it.
    This is quite simply the greatest SpecOps book written and probably the greatest autobiography of a soldier written on top of that. Eric Haney's humanity is the key. The operations and experiences are just utterly visceral and you'll find yourself frozen, jaw slightly open, while reading them. But it's Haney's own internal commentary that lifts the book from being a series of intense action pieces to something greater. When Haney writes about cradling the head of a Cuban-trained guerilla leader he just shot and killed and reflects on the waste of war, the bravery of the man in his arms and how that moment erases all differences among men...you know you're reading something very, very special. As with Chuck Pfarrer, Haney is a thinking man's warrior - philosophical yet possessing truckloads of the intestinal fortitude necessary for doing the things these men are tasked with doing. He is at once measured, reflective, almost stoic, and exuding honesty. Carnal episodes are absent. You won't find the acronym "LBFM" in this book. What you will find is an unflinching, honest account of incredible things witnessed by an incredibly measured man.

    I first came to know Delta Force though Mark Bowden's classic "Blackhawk Down" and I was as impressed as everyone else with the cool professionalism of the men. Haney's book, like Delta-founder Charlie Beckwith's own "Delta Force," begins with the formation of the unit. Unlike Beckwith's book though, which is understandably focused on Pentagon turf battles and paperwork, you are dropped right in to the selection process along with Haney, sharing his incredulousness at the lack of "spit and polish, snap to and salute" military pomp in the group (the same incredulousness, I should add, that Beckwith felt when he first observed the SAS, Delta's template). You watch along with Haney as candidates drop like flies, some even comically, others through injuries, most from just saying "enough is enough" and quitting. "Inside Delta Force" lives up to its name, and Haney puts you right inside it.

    For me one of the most fascinating parts of the book is the operations in Central and South America (Grenada, Honduras). This is a part of American military history that is, at least to me, very fuzzy. Reagan blitzed any and every foothold Castro attempted to make there but because of the scale, it was a battle tailor-made for special operations forces. There is a hair-raising ride in a Blackhawk convoy that gets fired upon in a pre-dawn raid that is one of the many jaw-droppers in the book. Haney masterfully describes the psychological processes at work when you're in the air and streams of tracers are ripping into the helicopter and there's nowhere to go except inward. The accounts of the men in these situations leaves you just speechless as you watch along with Haney as a Delta Commando takes a scalpel to himself to fish a bullet out of his leg while humming a tune. Another's foot hangs by a tiny piece of flesh as it was hit with a large piece of ammunition as they ran the machine gun gauntlet in the Blackhawks. But they are alive and you feel, as surely Haney did, that you are alive too.

    Beirut is another of the highlights for me. Unlike the covert ground battles in South America though, Beirut was insidiously deadly by being mundane at the same time. Without warning, a shell could land from far away on the street you were walking down. There are few things I have ever read with more power than Haney's vignettes about the brutal day-to-day reality of living in Beirut, like a father who accidentally shoots his son while firing an AK-47 joyously into the air during his son's wedding (common practice in the Middle East) who then shoots himself. Or boys playing with hand grenades by tossing them into the water, only to accidentally have one boy jump in the water too close to one explosion and be killed. The Middle East has never been portrayed so brutally yet so real and underneath Haney's stoicism you can see a great pity and deep pathos. Haney was tasked with keeping our ambassador alive and left after three tours shortly before the entire embassy was leveled with a truck bomb. He was also at Desert One and inside the plane that was struck by an errant helicopter. You will be in awe of what the man lived through and forever thankful to him for putting these searing experiences into print and doing so with great humanity and an unflinching eye. This book is the best of the genre of special operations autobiographies. No question about it.
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  • Three Soldiers' Stories
    I've never served in the military, but I have great respect for those who follow that kind of life. I also have great interest in history, military strategy and tactics, and behavior in combat situations. I therefore checked out the following special-forces-related books from the library: Rogue Warrior, by Marcinko, Combat Swimmer, by Gormly, and Inside Delta Force, by Haney.

    Marcinko's book is a classic testosterone-driven, adolescent Hollywood adventure story. I mean that in a (mostly) good way. The author's focus is on himself, on his grand escapades, and his ability to destroy his enemies, whether at war or in the chain of command. It makes for a fun read, although I never knew how much Marcinko might be inflating his exploits.

    Gormly is in many ways the anti-Marcinko. Of course they knew each other, and Gormly goes into some detail about inheriting Marcinko's SEAL team and getting the house back in order. But more than that, Marcinko represents the unihibited ego, breaking all the rules and doing whatever he wants. Gormly is all about responsibility and chain of command. Don't get me wrong; he's not at all boring, but definitely comes off as a stiffer sort of character. I'd rather work for Gormly (more job security; less likely to get killed unexpectedly) but I'd rather have a beer with Marcinko (though too much of that, and you probably increase your chances of getting killed unexpectedly).

    Haney strikes somewhat of a balance. He's more individualistic than Gormly, but more disciplined than Marcinko. He's also the best writer of the three, with a good mix of gritty reality and genuine philosophical reflection. That's probably why I liked his book the best. Marcinko's book is a fun ride, like a blockbuster action movie, but in the end didn't leave me with much to think about. After reading Gormly's book, I admired the man a great deal but didn't particularly like him. Haney provides all the adventure but he's clearly more of a thinker than the other two, and I can imagine a long, fascinating evening's conversation over a bottle of scotch.

    I suspect that you would find all three types of individuals (and many more) in the military, and you probably need all of them to get the job done. All three memoirs are highly entertaining and quick reads. Which you prefer probably depends to some extent on your own personality....more info
  • Delta Force
    INSIDE DELTA FORCE, by Eric L. Haney, is an autobiography detailing his military career inside the Army's Delta Force. His story covers his earliest days in a Ranger battalion to his careers as a civilian after his retirement. Haney volunteered for Delta Force, and the story is told from Haney's first person point of view only as he experienced the events portrayed in the book. Haney only discusses the Force from his selection training until he retired and the men he knew, met, and worked with while in the unit. Because the book is non-fiction, the stories and accounts are very realistic and historically accurate. Having been written recently and with recent events in history concerning terrorism, this book provides a wealth of knowledge of counter-terrorist operations and what this country does about that threat. The time frame is set in the late 1970's and 1980s when terrorism was on the rise and the world was enveloped in low intensity conflicts. Haney's story covers nearly every part of the world in never-ending terror threats to which the Delta Force was deployed. From Europe to the Middle East to South America and Asia, Haney deployed and operated all around the world teaching foreign government's the art of counter-terrorism. His story includes the tragedy at Desert One, Grenada, and Panama as well as several other black ops missions around the world. This bookel is an easy one to read, as it is well written and fast paced. Haney takes no time in getting to the point of things and the narration is simple to follow. He puts military terms in terms of the layman so that all can catch a glimpse of one of America's units on the front lines of the war on terror.
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  • An Elite Book About an Elite Unit
    Inside Delta Force authored by Command Sergeant Major. USA. (Ret.) Eric L. Haney takes a hard look deep inside of America's elite counterterrorist unit. Haney gives detailed information about how the unit was formed, trained, and how it executed from its beginning in the late 70's thru his retirement in the late 80's. Thru use of vivid language and real life recollections, Haney allows the reader to feel as if they are taking part in the training and missions of Delta Force.
    This book deals mainly with the topic of guerilla warfare while briefly tackling the area of hostage/hijacking situations. With detailed and insightful information, this book explains why guerilla warfare and guerilla insurgence are as dangerous if not more dangerous than normal military forces. Haney makes it very clear that in order to fight guerilla insurgence, the counter insurgence need to be trained in guerilla warfare as well. Not only trained in this type of warfare but they need to be masters of it, because guerilla warfare is not the warfare that American military forces are used to employing and will not be able to defeat it if they do not know the game better than their enemies do. For this reason Haney states Delta Force was created. The author points out that it would be foolish to ask the entire military to specialize in unconventional warfare, but it would be brilliant to form specialized units trained to combat unconventional warfare.
    The author holds a unique perspective on the topic of guerilla warfare and guerilla insurgence. His job is to protect the United States of America from the harmful intent or the insurgence.
    Eric L. Haney is one of the founding operators of Delta Force. Before becoming an operator of Delta Force Haney was an Army Ranger. Though the rangers are a Special Forces unit, they are not as specialized as Delta Force. Army Rangers employ a wider range of warfare compared to the very specialized warfare employed by Delta Force operators. Though he is a highly trained man, Haney had the ability to simplify and explain the training and techniques that Delta Force uses to combat guerilla warfare. The author was able to keep the reader in suspense and not wanting to put down the book. One thing the author has left out of this book is the feelings of the operators after experiencing some of the harshest situations in the world. Haney made the operators out to be invincible, emotionless tools of war. They may have been able to cope better than civilians but they still had to have emotions.
    Inside Delta Force is a book that pertains to the world today. This book can be useful for explaining how guerilla warfare and guerilla insurgence are combated against. Haney's book adds an understanding about guerilla warfare for civilians that have a problem with technical terms and techniques used by the military. I would recommend this book to anyone who is confused about how America deals with guerilla insurgency and anyone interested in joining a Special Forces unit....more info
  • Special Forces from the inside. A must read if you like paramilitary.
    I caught the title of the book after falling in love with the TV show, The Unit. It's based on this book. Eric Haney tells an awesome tale of the formation and his entrance into the Delta Force. These soldiers are among the best trained and most effective military units in the world. They are highly secret and extremely effective. My son is a big fan of military history, weapons, armament, strategy, vehicles and etc. After I read this book I put it into his hands. He said it's the most exciting read he's ever had on the subject. I hold our men and women of the United States Armed Forces at the highest level of respect and honor. Read this book and you will too. I wish Mr. Haney would put out a couple more with some, as safely as possible, tales of the Delta Forces. It's a good read. Nice and easy. I was sad when I finished it. Have fun. ...more info
  • Tell's it like it is, from an insider, more powerful than the show that bases itself on it.
    This book, on which the show "The Unit" is based, tells the inside story, the only way it can be told, from an insider. While I enjoy the show, the book goes into detail, and it's no nonsense approach makes it clear, given limitations placed on tv [under the heading of "broadcast standards", e.g., language, descriptions, and events] of how such a "unit" works. What I also enjoyed was the lack of bravado, and self serving egotism, that most books on military life [particularly memoirs] have. Mr. Haney presents it straight, no bull..., but no ego either. He has valid points at the end [regarding 9/11-e.g., we can't fix what's happened, but we can learn from it, which (unfortunately we haven't yet-given our current message and lack of leadership)]. It is an excellent book, and as he says, thankfully the U.S. has groups such as Delta Force, bless them, to do what needs to be done to protect us. ...more info
  • Detailed enough to make you paranoid
    This is a phenomenal book. I simply cannot emphasize enough how amazing this book really is. I became interested in it because of the television series The Unit on CBS, which is based upon this book, and I wanted to see how true they were to the actual Delta Force.

    What I discovered blew me away. From a grueling selection process to assaults on hijacked aircraft, Inside Delta Force gives keen insight into one of America's most elite fighting forces. Eric Haney, as one of the founding members, is able to put you describe in captivating detail the very real trials and triumphs of the unit.

    My only wish is that he would write even more on this fascinating subject....more info
  • Great Story
    Eric L. Haney tells a great story beginning with the selection process for Delta Force. He then gives numerous first hand accounts of their use in the Iranian hostage crisis through Central America. Although over 400 pages long, this is one of those books that you will have a hard time putting down and will probably finish in a few sittings.

    One of my favorite statements, that applies to anyone who wishes to understand the warrior mindset is: "However, high-speed gadgets are not the reason Delta Force operators are so capable and deadly. They could be armed with muzzle-loading rifles and tomahawks and would still be formidable warriors. No, it is their phenomenal willpower, resolve, and determination that make them the world's premier fighting men. That hasn't changed since the very first days of the unit's existence." There is a lesson here for those who are always looking for the newest and best gadgets to arm themselves with.

    A great story. My only regret is that I did not read it sooner....more info
  • A must read for military fans
    Excellent book! This book was both entertaining and educational, providing a different perspective of some very important historical events. Mr Haney gave the reader a look at what it takes to enter, survive and operate in the shadowy world of special operations. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in knowing more about the warriors that protect us and while making great sacrifices. ...more info
  • Outstanding reading on the most courageous men on the planet
    I was mesmerized from the beginning page to the end. Delta Force, America's elite counterterrorism unit have to be the most prepared, professional, and deadliest warrior soldiers in the world. I began watching The Unit on CBS a few months ago and was fascinated right away with the program. I noticed during the credits that Eric Haney, a founding member of Delta Force, was instrumental in writing the story lines for the show. I immediately bought his book. If you have any patriotism running through your blood and support our military, you will absolutely love this book. From selection just to be given an opportunity to join, to the immense training in firearms, explosives, espionage, and everything else imaginable, these men thrive on danger like it was a narcotic. Haney could have been an author in another life because he writes this true story like it was a Tom Clancy novel. I was literally gripping the chair as I read about his ordeal in final selection on the hills of the Uhwarrie Forest in North Carolina. These men were tested to the limit in every way physical, but probably more so mentally. Haney tells of the horrors he witnessed in Beirut, Lebanon in the 80's, and numerous other missions. I don't know any of these men personally who have served as an "operator" or who may be serving now, but if any of you are reading this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for protecting my freedom and this great nation. God bless all of you and...Oh Yeah...Have a good 'un...more info
  • Great Book
    The book is very entertaining and is well written. It is important to note that the book is not like the TV show, it simply tells about the inception of Delta Force and how it began. Little of the book is actually about the missions they go on. Even without that it is still a good read....more info
  • Great book
    This book was a fast read. I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about some of the politics in the late 70s early 80s that I did not know. Excellent book if you enjoy watching the Unit on TV.
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  • Inside Delta Force
    A great book for any military enthusiast. This is also a book that keeps you interested from cover to cover. Also a nice ending with personal thoughts, ideas, and facts on recent issues....more info
  • Stirring, A Fantastic Journey
    This book has been read by EVERYONE in my office in a miniscule amount of time. CSM (Ret) Haney is a fantastic storyteller that puts you in the middle of the fire fight, or in the team room of one of the most intriguing and exciting aspects of the modern American military. Highly recommended for any fan of military writing. ...more info