Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
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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 beh...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Delta (first published January 1st 2002)
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Rachel Whitley
It humbles me to tears, that while most Americans attend movies, shop for new cars, sleep, and have barbecues in the backyard, there is a group of men and women who voluntarily spend time away from family, endure brutal tests of physical and mental endurance, risk injury, and even sacrifice their own lives, so that we can continue on in blissful ignorance of the dangers we face. "Inside Delta Force" is one man's account of the birth of one of our military's elite fighting units, and it is captiv...more
Elite forces have a certain mystique that attracts the military buff. They are about action. Eric Haney's "Inside Delta Force" will certainly deliver action, but the reader must be careful never to overlook what the action must deliver: a possible solution to an impossible situation. Conventional military units were useless in thwarting terrorism. Perhaps an unconventional unit devoted to anti-terrorism could do the trick.

Haney obeys the first law of authorship: write what you know. He takes the...more
I just finished this book and quite frankly I am not sure if I liked it or not.

I find the writing and the storytelling incredibly gripping - Eric Haney certainly has a knack for that. The attitude and the jargon of the Delta Force operators is certainly accurate and I have no doubt that he was in Delta Force as he states.

However, I am concerned about the criticism that he has received regarding the accuracy of some of his stories. Now it may simply be that each individual understands the truth a...more
Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney's INSIDE DELTA FORCE is a real eye-opener, which makes the reader appreciate what the men and women of our country's armed forces sacrifice to keep us safe in our beds on a day-to-day basis.

I found the selection process while Delta Force was being formed to be particularly interesting. Haney made the reader step into his shoes and want to press on: he on the field and us by the page.

Having said that, some parts of the book after Delta Force was formed were...more
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...more
First you have to become a special ops soldier, which means that you can live in the forest with a broken leg, survive by eating bugs, and still achieve your mission of killing a platoon of soldiers with a spoon. As a special ops soldier, you are now eligible to become a Delta Force member, but you have to pass a series of tests. For example, you have to take that same broken leg, hike 55 miles through the MOUNTAINS and kill a platoon of special ops soldiers using only your left thumb. About 7%...more
A fast read. Lots of interesting memoirs and history about the beginning of an elite, direct-action combat unit (which doesn't exist). Haney's fluid, straight-forward storytelling is perfect for soldiers aspiring to do black ops. He is honest and open, which I bet stirred controversy in such a tight, secretive community. I got a decent impression of what it really takes to be the best, and the qualities of such men are incredibly admirable. The mantra of this book, especially for the part about...more
Sandy Williams
(I normally don't post books to GR that I don't like/recommend, but for some reason, I feel okay doing that with nonfiction. Don't know why. Maybe because I'm not criticizing the plot. *shrugs*)

I've listened to a few of the recently published Navy SEAL memoirs (Lone Survivor, No Easy Day, American Sniper) and was gripped by them. I thought I'd mix things up a bit and try out a book on a different group of soldiers: Delta Force.

I started forwarding through the audiobook early on. The story was to...more
I really enjoyed this book for two main reasons. First being that I am a huge fan of the show The Unit and it was based on this book by Eric Haney. A lot of the experiences Haney had are seen on screen in The Unit which raises it from entertainment to something more.

Secondly, this book was an eye opener to the men and women who serve our country doing what they do best. Haney has done extraordinary things, but is so human it made for a wonderful read and will have you thinking for years to come.
Bob Mayer
As a former member of Special Forces I found this book very realistic and insightful. I think the way the narrative comes full circle in the end, with the left hand fighting the right hand, is the sad truth of the world of covert operations.
If you want the real deal, this book is it. I'd also recommend The Commandos which covers the training of Special Operations and Blackhawk Down, which I'll post a review on shortly.
David Briggs
really enjoyed this book about the creation of the famed Delta Force. great to read how far we have come and the guys who have brought us there. very well writen book and hard to put down, finished it in one day
Allison Holmes
I enjoyed reading this book. I would specifically recommend it to ages 14+ and only if you enjoy reading nonfictional military books. It was not a hard read, and was not at all complicated. The author does a good job of describing the leaders and terrain he had gone over. The book mainly informs you of the training for Selection and the training after you officially enter the Delta Force. The author gives good detail on what they do for preparation and how physically challenging the Delta Force...more
Sep 11, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Men
My hero. When ever I'm slacking on something I should do I think of Haney and those like him, put my head down and move!
John Gronner
Great book, especially since I like the TV show "The Unit" that was based on the book.
I have always had an acute interest in the military establishment.I came of age in the death throes of the debacle that was Viet Nam.I have family members that have served and continue to serve.To me, there is no higher calling than to serve your country.
Eric Haney has told quite the story in this book. No holds barred, no punches pulled, he tells the story of the genesis and growing pains of Delta Force.Delta Force has been the stuff of legend for a long long time.
The author takes the reader...more
Greg Cohoon
I decided to read this book because every time I stumble across the TV show "The Unit," I really enjoy the show and I thought I would enjoy reading the book that serves as its basis. I was not disappointed, this was a very enjoyable book.

As a memoir, there's no real formal plot to follow, but Haney does a great job of creating a narrative flow that makes sense. The reader is guided through the creation of Delta Force from the perspective of a member seeking admission. Readers learn about how the...more
Well written and insightful look into the early years of Delta Force, a unit assembled to fight terrorism in the U.S. and abroad.

The book was aimed at us civilians so is devoid of the acronyms and military terminology which serves to separate the reader from the topic. I found the first third of the book, Haney's progress through the initial selection process, the most interesting but that should not be taken as a complaint about the book. The last third of the book deals with several real missi...more
Jan 21, 2013 Marcelo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not the kind of person that reads non-fiction very often (or at all), so it's incredibly rewarding when I read such a high-quality book like this one. Although I was constantly reminded of Rainbow Six I constantly kept in min that this book is an actual true story! Not only Eric Haney is a great storyteller, conveying all the suffering, elation, friendship, and hardships of his life as member of this elite group of soldiers, he also shows that reality can be more interesting than fiction.

Tom Schulte
This is a really incredible, revealing look from a many part of Delta Force from its beginning Panama (Noriega), and beyond. Beyond includes a summary of his feelance efforts and commentary on the post-9/11 world. The meat of it is a Delta Force history that is a different view from that of Shadow Warriors. Clancy's book now strikes me as an administrative history, told from, the point of view of management, whereas Haney tells it from the NCO level. Case in point: I got the impression from Clan...more
Gripping and fluid. It's a page turner. I finished this in only one day, that's how much I enjoyed this book. I understand Haney has received some heat from fellow ex Delta operators in regard to the accuracy of some events depicted in the book, but that fact notwithstanding, this book is most enjoyable and a fantastic read. In his own words, the way Delta works is none like that 'Hollywood crap'.. very businesslike and professional, and to me, this is how he writes this book. Inside Delta Force...more
I first heard of this book when I came about it in the footnotes of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man.
A very interesting account of how Delta Force came into being and the rigorous selection and training courses, as well as Delta tactics and how the Unit operates in a combat zone.
Unfortunately, Haney is very opinionated and full of himself.
On his account of the 1980 Desert One/Eagle Claw mission in Iran, he claims that he was the last p...more
3.74 stars. Everything is so relative.
My ultimate criteria - WorthReading - yes ! But then again - so much is !! and our lists continue to grow.
This is non-fiction and the stories are depicted almost 100% through the eyes of the author - understandably and his choice - of course. Although, I found it easy to page-turn, I kind of wished to understand a bit more about how the solder - Eric - dealt with 'his family' during the years that he served.

I really enjoyed this book. First of all - I wat...more
During the 1970s, the United States first began its struggle against terrorism. A renowned Special Forces officer, Colonel Charlie Beckwith, noticed this and began to see the need for a specialized unit within the US military that could counter that threat. In the mid 1970s, he found two other men who shared the same idea as him, Generals Bob Kingston and Edwin Meyer. The trio set out on their task of creating a new unit; the unit that would become the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment—D...more
Jeffrey Belcher
For me, this book began by watching the television show "The Unit". Before every show, there was a credit that the show was based on this book. In turn, it was only a matter of time before I read it.

The first half of this book, I loved. Though there is not much known or confirmed about DELTA Force, this book gives an amazing insight into the creation and establishment of the unit. Haney brings you into the "club" as he describes the circumstances leading to the creation of DELTA, as well as the...more
Mary Jane
I really enjoyed reading this book. Eric Haney, the author, makes everyone very personable. I feel like I went through these experiences with him. He is one of the original members of Delta Force. The first half of the book is in the "trying-out" for Delta Force and training. I am so impressed with him and what he was able to do. I felt like I was learning how the fictional Jason Bourne character would have been trained. It is an incredible read. It was also interesting to read about actual miss...more
Delta Force developed skills that were unavailable in any traditional military unit at the time of its formation in the mid-70’s. The first half of the book is all about the selection process and training of this counterterrorism unit. Very tough!

I wish I would have learned more “secrets”, but the author – wisely – only vaguely alluded to them. The information on the failed attempt to free the hostages in the US embassy in Tehran is very interesting. I had no idea that there were so many elemen...more
Gary Smith
This type of book can often seem self-promoting with a little too much bravado for my taste. I did not find this at all with this book. It did not romanticize war or violence.
This is the story told by one of the first members of the secretive us Special Forces group known as Delta (Eric Haney). The force was created in the late 70, when airline hijacking was all the rage. With this partially in mind, the Delta force main mission and competence is hostage rescue. In the end they rarely were invo...more
Feb 25, 2008 Nat rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: War buffs, people who don't respect what these guys go through
I found this book via the way of the television show, The Unit. While the TV show is excellent, it in no way prepared me for this exciting read.

I don't know what it is about the contents of this book, but, wow, these guys are the best of the best. The Spartans of contemporary times.

Haney brings to life the fortitude, struggles, courage, training, training, and training, that the Delta operator goes through. He was a charter member of this elite counter-terrorist force. His selection class had a...more
Jan 24, 2008 Janet rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Americans, Historians, and Patriots
Intro to Delta Force Part 2 is Eric Haney’s classic Inside Delta Force. In contrast to Delta Force (my Intro to DFP1) which was told from the perspective of the Delta Commander, Inside is narrated from the Delta Operator’s perspective. Author Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Eric Haney spent 20 years serving his country in the military, 8 years as a Delta Operator. He details for us the inaugural beginnings of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), gives us his take on an aff...more
So I picked up this book after I recognized one of the guys on the front cover!

The first 200 pages or so were really fascinating to me. They take you from "hey, Delta is recruiting" all the way through selection and training. It was almost enough to make me wish I had joined the Army instead of the Air Force.

I only have two mild criticisms. If there were ever a revised edition, it would be nice to see some logical, bite-sized chapter divisions.

Also, this was not an exhaustive treatment of the s...more
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Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney (U.S. Army, Ret.) is a former member of the United States Army's counter-terrorist unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), more commonly known as Delta Force. In recent years he has been writing on terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and special operations. Haney is the author of Inside Delta Force, a memoir of his time in the elite unit,...more
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