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

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,707 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jena
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
William
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
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Tekes Kochteeyni
Feb 10, 2015 Tekes Kochteeyni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No mention of Chuck Norris, just a ton of discussion about real American patriots who spend their lives defending our great nation as an elite group of dedicated warriors.

Super disappointing.
Sandy Williams
Apr 01, 2014 Sandy Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, audiobook
(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
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Rachel
Aug 24, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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J.R.
Apr 09, 2010 J.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Edward
May 26, 2009 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jerome
Feb 19, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rick
Feb 15, 2009 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
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
Nicholas
Jan 10, 2016 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book if you like military stories.
Samantha & Sean
Feb 21, 2011 Samantha & Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mckell
Feb 06, 2015 Mckell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! There is simply no other way to describe it. I'm completely blown away after reading it. The accounts retold in this book are incredible. Seeing what goes on while training to be a member of an elite branch of the military, gave me a greater appreciation for the men and women who serve our county. I really liked how the people who trained for Delta Force had to learn so many new skills and become so good at each one. By the time they would move on to their next target area, ...more
Alice
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.
Chuck Springer
Sep 20, 2015 Chuck Springer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first-hand experience of an operator who tells some of the events he experienced from the selection process, his training and some highlight of one of the US Military most secret units, Delta Force.
The author, Eric Haney was with the group from the beginning. He has promoted several times and selected for numerous extremely sensitive missions.

I was not surprised to hear tales of the interdepartmental rivalries. Yet the tales of the CIA's duplicitous actions and their negative i
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Ru
Oct 08, 2015 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seminal and authoritative book on the legendary Delta Force counterterrorist unit by Eric Haney, which covers its inception through to high-profile missions. Haney accounts for an incredible amount of specifics on military hardware, jargon, and mission details, and that only helps to make this book authentic beyond belief.

Apart from the surprising level of detail Haney goes into about, well, everything, he does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of U.S. Army life, from camaraderie to con
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Jack Hayes
Feb 06, 2014 Jack Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best Special Forces expose book there is available. Eric Haney writes like a dream. He is interesting, entertaining, at times funny - at others sad. Yet, he always brings gravitas and insight. If you're interested in the clandestine forces of any nation, this should be your "go to" book. I only wish there were something of equivalent brilliance available for all the other top secret groups (from the Activity to the SBS to CSOR).
Bob Mayer
Oct 28, 2010 Bob Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Knoop
Jun 09, 2014 John Knoop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio version. For this one and most, I find that a speed of 1.5x really improves the experience. There have been some reviews about this book being hard to get into and that it is even boring. I did not find this to be the case and maybe the faster speed helped. It is not a fast paced story but was fast enough and very interesting. It is definitely not walking 40 miles with a 40 pound ruck sack on my back. I was intrigued by the fact that this is re ...more
Albert W Tu
Sometimes books are just fun / If you liked that TV show The Unit...

Often books of this type are overly personalized sermons or casually mashed together anecdotes. This book *mostly* steers clear of those traps. For the first, and most enjoyable, half Haney thankfully keeps the focus on his selection process and the early story of the group. The second half, where "the action" is, almost seems like a letdown. Likely for security concerns, Haney provides much less detail in recounting assignments
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David Briggs
Jun 29, 2012 David Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
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
Jan 06, 2014 Allison Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric
Sep 11, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2008 John Gronner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, especially since I like the TV show "The Unit" that was based on the book.
David Manning
Jun 06, 2016 David Manning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget what you think you know about the special forces. This book was written by one of the founding members of Delta Force, the elite counter-terrorism unit of the US Army. An interesting and exciting read, "Inside Delta Force" goes beyond the fisherman's tales and explains the political forces at play, the harrowing details of once-secret missions, the grueling selection process, and shares ideas that wouldn't make the brochure-- like defecating into a bag your partner is holding while you la ...more
Ioan Mosincat
Jul 08, 2014 Ioan Mosincat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I tried, I really tried... but when during two thirds of the book, all he talks about is their training (which is impressive, but not extraordinary, when comparing to some other stuff I've read), you kind of lose interest. I guess I should have taken more from the "inside" in the title.
And when finally some real action come into play (the hostage crisis in Iran), he takes a very strange and confusing approach of relating the events. There are some good moments, but overall pretty dull, I had to
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Michael
This book was a good look into the shadowy and often times mythologized world of Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, also know as Delta Force. As one of the first members to join the newly created unit the author gives great an wonderful insight into the mysterious world of Delta Force.

You can tell by the author's voice is clear and as you're reading it feels as though he is sitting right next to you telling you a story. He provides incredible detail about how they were selected, traine
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Melodie
Mar 05, 2014 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Greg Cohoon
Jan 17, 2012 Greg Cohoon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
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Bill
Aug 02, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marcelo
Jan 21, 2013 Marcelo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marcelo by: Audible.com
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.

Ha
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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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