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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:

  • 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
  • Good Insight into Delta Force and the Politics behind them
    Good book, read right through it in one day. He will take you all over the world and through the training to be a member of Delta Force. They are relentless and fierce warriors that don't do it for attention. Good detail in the book with an honest voice telling how it really is....more info
  • great book
    this is the best book i have ever read. it has so much truth to it....more info
  • It's about the book, guys.
    Did I miss something? When did Amazon become a place where people come to debate newspaper stories versus books? Especially newspaper stories as biased and subjective as the one that both Clark Kent and Norman Hawthorne seem to hold in such high esteem.

    Since a debate has been launched, I'll join. At least I have the advantage of having read both the book and the story. And I know all the parties involved.

    At least it seems likely that JB Edwards has read Haney's book. All I can tell that Hawthorne and Kent have read is a story written by a reporter who has been in bed with his sources for the last five years.

    Without reading Inside Delta Force, Hawthorne is not in a position to know for a fact what Haney has and has not said. More than one SF vet, upset by that story, has troubled to read the book and then come back and said, 'hey wait a minute....he never said this or that or the other.' They've used the term "gangbang" and I think it applies.

    Example: In the story, Logan Fitch called Haney a liar because Haney's book mentioned his getting punched in the nose at Desert One. Well, time does funny things to memory. A nose punch wouldn't seem to warrant the calling a man "liar" in my book, but hey. But Fitch didn't seem to mind when Haney credited him for saving his life at Desert One. I wonder why? Was the nose punch embarassing? Could it really be that simple and silly?

    A medically retired Staff Sergeant friend (paralyzed in Grenada) gave me a great analogy about the founding member fracas. He said that you can found any unit you want in the Army on paper. But until you have skilled soldiers in it ready to rumble, it isn't much of a unit. Sort of like Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. Until the cowboys came in, there wasn't much "rough" about it.

    But in the book, Haney goes to great lengths to honor the men who worked hard to bring Delta to life. Most of all, the late Charlie Beckwith. There were three names on the orders cut to found Delta (Nov 77?) and he is clear about that. He is clear about the date he came into the picture (Sept 78?) and the day the unit was validated by the National Command Authority (Nov. 79). Any man in the unit on that day could (and many do) consider themselves a founding member because they refined/created/formalized the institutional knowledge of strategy and tactics that was the foundation of Delta Force. All of that knowledge nearly burned to death at Desert One. Eric Haney was on that airplane and was the last man on the ground that day, pulled onto the airplane by Rodney Headman and Logan Fitch.

    That is the memory Mr. Fitch did not dispute.

    This is an honorable book, written by an honorable man who served his country well in very demanding elite units. He was and is respected by his former comrades and the soldiers who served under him. He respected all his comrades, even the ones in that story.

    Could you guys just knock it off now? I've got a country to protect....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
  • How Delta Came to Be
    I read a few other reviews of this book before buying it and find they were accurate. Haney tells about how Delta force came to be in interesting detail. The people that submit themselves to the Selection process really can only truly truly want the job. If you watch or have seen any episodes of "The Unit" you can see where story plot lines came from, but don't expect any detailed past mission stories....more info
  • Interesting debate
    The book is well written. I'd give it 5 stars if Sgt. Haney's purported bonafides could be establshed beyond his own account and those of his publicists.

    I've also read the Lardner article in the Tampa paper. It raises some serious questions about Sgt. Haney's claims.

    I find Mr. (or is it Ms.?) Edwards' "review" amusing, in that he/she takes everything Sgt. Haney says as gospel, and dismisses the Lardner article as a front for "an attack team."


    I would hope that a serious discussion of Sgt. Haney's claims could take place in a public forum away from the biased arguments of sycophants and others with hidden agendas....more info
  • Practice makes perfect
    If a single ability can be said to distinguish a combat veteran from a raw recruit, it is the ability to hit his target while under fire. Delta troops spend more time practicing accurate fire under every conceivable situation in a month than any other professional soldier spends in a life time. This small unit consumes MILLIONS of rounds of ammunition. When they see a target, they shoot and kill it nearly every time. This stacks the odds of survival, of vanquishing the enemy, in their favor by a ratio of easily 10:1--and probably a lot more. No wonder the Rangers pinned down in Mogadishu were heartened by the arrival of a small Delta contingent. At last soldiers who brought the fight to the enemy instead of enduring unremitting enemy pressure.

    Acquiring such skill and the confidence it engenders, results in a major reorientation of how you conduct close quarter combat. You no longer cower when "outgunned," you attack--and win.

    This excellent book describes how this top secret force of irregular operatives was formed, how it trains, and a bit of what it has accomplished. Some of their feats border on the incredible, proving that if you want to do something well, select the absolute best, and then train them beyond any level of skill of any possible adversary. The book also describes the antipathy of tradition commanders to the hippy-like Delta culture of free-wheeling soldiering, where the first order of business is to be an effective killing machine, with encumbering military discipline falling far down the list. All the discipline resides in completing the mission. Thus, Delta forces accept assignments only as goals, without the usual long list of how desk-bound planners want them to achieve it. (President Jimmy Carter's travesty of ordering a Delta rescue mission in which he micromanaged every detail of the incursion and personally ordered our troops in hostile Iran not a to use lethal means (!!!) is the opposite pole of that philosophy.)

    The book is a must-buy for those fascinated by the trade-craft of special operations. It goes far to explain how superb selection and training can result in extraordinary performance, but not just the physical skills. Also required is a high order of street smarts, aggressiveness, and the determination to get the job done regardless of Command niceties--and egos. A great read and one that-once again-makes one proud to be an American.
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  • Stolen property?
    I received a book with library markings on it and stating that it belonged to a particular library. Is this stolen property? If not, and this was a legitimate purchase from a library, the condition of stickers and library markings was not included in the book description prior to purchasing it. And was at the price or a regular hardback book on amazon. This was a gift and I am VERY displeased....more info
  • Best
    Eric's effort here encourages me that heros still exist...not just because of the way he chose to invest his life, but because of the superb manner with which he was able to relate the story. This is simply the finest book I've read in years.

    Thanks, CSM.

    Jeff D.
    Fayetteville
    988.3477...more info
  • Christmas Present
    My husband loves "The Unit", which is based on this book. He was very excited when he opened this Christmas morning!...more info
  • An Honest Warrior - Silly Debate
    Inside Delta Force is a great book. Very well done. Haney spends much more time crediting friends and comrades than he does patting his own back. Seems to be a guy who does some soul-searching. There's not much here that could resembles ego at all. If he's half the gentleman he seems in the book, his bonafides are fine by me.

    The review Hawthorne dismissed made me curious about Clark Kent. Kent's now reviewed every single one of this guy Bucky Burruss' books. He even reviewed Charlie Beckwith's book but used the review as a pitch for Burruss! What's up with that?...more info
  • great history into America's counterterrorism unit
    For those interested in American military history or counterterrorism foreign policy, this is a must-read. Haney goes through painstaking detail in describing the development of Delta in the 1970's - the selection process, the physical and mental tribulations, and how they developed a cohesive unit. Also compelling are the various Delta missions he describes in behind-the-scenes detail - something you don't read in the newspapers. Haney retired before 9/11/01 but provides thoughtful insight into counterterrorism efforts post-9/11 in an epilogue at the end. A quick, interesting read....more info
  • My favorite book
    Eric Haney tells the tale of his involvement with the elite counterterrorist unit, Delta Force. Most of the time, when I read books about units "that don't technically exist" or whose operations are highly, highly classified, I come away disappointed. This book, is not one of them. Hany carefully describes his selection into Delta Force and describes the formulation of the first teams. His story is one of intrigue and will still keep you at the edge of your seat. If the "unclassified" stuff he tells in the story is this exciting, I can only imagine what the clandestine operations involve. This is a book that you won't be able to put down....more info
  • Is Haney another Swift Boat phony?
    The one star is for chutzpah. Haney comes in for some pretty heavy criticism in a just-published expose by Richard Lardner in the Tampa Tribune. Lotsa ex-Delta guys are quoted in the report saying Haney exaggerates shamelessly and fabricates events. They say the command ranks he claims to have attained while in Delta actually came after he'd left the unit. They feel he sold out his former comrades. I read the book. I found it entertaining, but so was Mission Impossible. Two thumbs down. ...more info
  • Response to Zlotnick
    My review of of Eric Haney's superlative Delta bio is below. This is a point-by-point response to the derisive comments made by Mr. Zlotnick that I felt compelled to write in honor of Delta's accomplishments and missions. Let me start with his comments on Operation Eagle Claw:

    "The Iranian FIASCO--was led by Colonel "Chargin' Charlie" Beckwith....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!"

    First off, the helicopters were not "their helicopters," they belonged to the USMC and they were piloted by Marines just as the C-130s were piloted by Air Force pilots. Anyone remotely familiar with Special Operations knows that Eagle Claw is the definitive example of the failure of the various services to work together and as a result USSOCOM was formed and Delta also got its own air wing, the famous 160th SOAR. But let's be clear: Delta did their part flawlessly in Eagle Claw. When Marines drift their helicopters into C-130s, you can't blame Delta. Also, Beckwith was totally vindicated in calling off the mission. You try penetrating into the heart of a hostile nation of 60 million (we're talking Tehran here!) without the necessary assets. Had one more helicopter malfunctioned, the entire rescue team (those that had not been shot anyway) would have joined the 53 hostages.

    "more than 10,000 Iranians died because of that failed mission"

    What on Earth are you talking about Mr. Zlotnick?

    "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"

    Hmmmm...let me see...Haney carefully leads a force into battle against 300 highly trained Cuban guerillas that they manage to eradicate down to a man with minimal loss of friendlies, he is involved in many deadly yet successful missions in Central and South America, and you say he needs to be kept "in line." Righto.

    "FAILURE IS NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT"

    Haney "brags" about nothing. In fact, he is almost painfully selfless. Regardless, how one reacts in deadly situations is what matters and Haney's book abounds with examples. Shughart and Gordon, the two Delta commandos who were postumously awarded the Medal of Honor after they attempted to secure a downed Blackhawk in Somalia ("Blackhawk Down") arguably "failed" in their mission, but one would have to be moronic to state as much. Haney was in the C-130 that exploded at Desert One, he was in a Blackhawk that was peppered with bullets in Grenada, he has survived deadly experiences but he never "brags" about them. Anything but.

    "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."

    Had you read Haney's book Mr. Zlotnick you might have noticed the pictures showing that not only did Haney wear steel-rimmed glasses during his tenure at Delta, he was also skinny. In his passport photo for Lebanon he looks more like a computer programmer than a commando.

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

    Tell that to the 43 killed and 34 seriously injured when the embassy Haney was stationed in (for three tours mind you) was leveled by a truck bomb. Yes, guarding the American ambassador in Lebanon when hundreds of Marines are massacred right down the road and the embassy is reduced to rubble...that's a woman's job alright! Let me also point out that after the bombing the embassy was moved north of the capital and guess what happened? It was bombed again, killing 11. Geez. Frankly, just being an American and walking down the street in downtown Beirut circa 1983 was deadly. Please Mr. Zlotnick, get your history straight.

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

    Haney (and Beckwith for that matter) tell it like it is and nothing more or less. I challenge you to find one example of braggadocio in the book. Accept that challenge and you will lose.

    "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."

    Haney documents numerous successes and even an organization as dark as Delta has some successes on the Web (i.e. Operation Acid Gambit). However, stroking oneself over successes makes for some pretty boring war writing. I would rather read "Blackhawk Down" or "A Bridge Too Far" any day over some chest-thumping novel by Tom Clancy.

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

    Gee. Haney shows us how Delta is trained to clear rooms. Wow. I would have never guessed. Haney tells us why they like the .45 (which is not even their issued sidearm any more), real top-secret stuff! Oh, and he also documents how they have to do a lot of running and swimming during the selection process - real national secrets. Oy!...more info
  • Great Book
    I'm glad that I read this book without knowing any of the flap coming from the author's critics. Of course a reader like me doesn't know "the real story," but this is a great story, and it rings true to me. I thought Haney told it with a great deal of humility considering his authentically "elite" status. I found the author to be likable throughout the book and it made the excitement in the pages even more worthwhile. Forget what his critics are writing... fact is CSM Haney put his life on the line in an often thankless line of "work." God bless CSM Eric Haney and this is a great book....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
  • wisdom in defeat and humility in victory
    David Mamet, in my edition of this book, now more than three years old, long before 'The Unit' came along, writes at the beginning:

    "The great military novels have about them an ineffable air of sadness. [They] seem, both in scenes of combat and in the scenes of rest, depictions of a life heightened to the plateau of regret, longing, and loss. The great military memoirs, similarly, are a record of loss and its transmutation into compassion. [...] in Eric Haney's Inside Delta Force, we are welcomed into the curious, moving and persuasive philosophy of the soldier trying to find wisdom in defeat and humility in victory."

    It's a comment that reflects the spirit of the contents, and which ultimately translates into the very cool TV series based on the book. I also admit, quite without shame that the characters of 'Phantom Strike Team' in my novel 'Fontaine' were definitely inspired by this account, which I found fascinating and quite un-put-downable; much like Michael Durant's 'In The Company of Heroes'.

    I have no idea how 'real' and 'true' the things depicted here are, because I have no real evidence to back up whatever I believe. However, I would like to think--possibly wishfully, but why not?--that Orwell's 'rough men [who] stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm' aren't just a bunch of thugs, who just like to shoot people, but that they are like those guys; that they are grounded and have a sense of purpose, and that Mamet's comments are on the mark.

    Again, without evidence for the 'truth', whatever that may be, I cannot tell; but I choose to think that Haney has done more than just show them in the best light; that even in the harsh light of day, it all basically holds true.
    ...more info
  • Excellent book.
    Great read. I spent 28 years in the Army, many of them at Bragg and retired in 2003. Mr Mercer's comments about what he believes are fact and fiction as it pertains to the contents of this book are inaccurate and I would recommend he go back and do his research correctly this time. ...more info
  • After seeing "The Unit" on TV
    This book is perfect. I almost could not stop of reading until I finished it.
    It is the most interesting approach to a Counterterrorist unit I ever read.
    The language used in this book is simple and pleasant....more info
  • Eric Haney's Character, Integrity, Eloquence Trumps All
    No sober, rational person could read Inside Delta Force and come away with the opinions voiced by reviewer Clark Kent above.

    Add that to the fact that Kent's only other review is for an already-out-of-print book by Bucky Burruss, the lead dog in the attack on Haney, and it doesn't take a covert operative to suspect collusion between Clark Kent and the attack team.

    Haney is far from the first writer to cover the subject of Delta Force. He is simply one of the most gifted. That's why his book continues to captivate.

    The founder of the unit, Charlie Beckwith, published his infinitely more detailed (weapons/tactics) book in the early 1980s. Logan Fitch, one of the men in the Tampa "expose", also authored an article on Desert One back in 1984 -- just a few years after the bodies were buried -- and both weapons and tactics were still in use.

    Burruss himself filled two books of fiction with every mission Delta had ever undertaken in 1990. But those books came and went like the haboob that doomed Desert One. Professional jealousy is no small motivator for Mr. Burruss. How could it not be?

    There are two primary differences in those books and Haney's. First, those books were written by officers who, with the remarkble exception of Col Beckwith, seem to believe they alone owned the Delta franchise and should profit from it. All of those books were also written within 4-8 years of the missions they covered.

    Haney's book was written 15 years after his life in Delta Force and covered missions some 20 years in the past. Most had been covered before, by Beckwith and others. The prose is eloquent, gracious, and never boastful. His book was the first to list the names of the NCOs who did the dying at Desert One and at the Beirut Embassy Bombing and he heaped praise upon them and upon his beloved Col, Charlie Beckwith.

    Throughout the book we see a man with a deep, abiding respect for his comrades. In the case of the men who spoke against him in that stew of self-serving gossip, jealousy and anger wrongly dignified as news, that respect seems ill-placed.

    Was it coincidence that this public tirade followed closely on the heels of Haney's public stand against the Bush adminstrations position on torture and its prosecution of the war? Hardly. Now with the "Revolt of the Generals" in full swing -- Zinni, Swannack, et al coming out with much stronger language calling for Rumsfield's resignation, we can expect similar vitriol to be directed at them.

    Inside Delta Force remains a primer about a man who used the force of his own intelligence to discern right from wrong -- and continues to do so today.

    That's what I call a super man. ...more info