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

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,356 ratings  ·  238 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...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Dell (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
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...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
Rachel
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
J.R.
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
Edward
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
Rick
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
Samantha
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
K. Holt
I enjoyed INSIDE DELTA FORCE by Eric Haney. This narrative details Haney's experiences as an Army Ranger who enlisted in the Army right out of high school, through his experiences in selection for the very newly formed and (then) highly secretive Delta Force, and his experiences as an Operator. I enjoyed the day-to-day experiences he relates about the selection process, his training, the things he learned, the interactions with military officers and ultimately, his personal views about the war o...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.
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.
John Knoop
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
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
Eric
Sep 11, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Great book, especially since I like the TV show "The Unit" that was based on the book.
Ioan Mosincat
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...more
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...more
Melodie
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
Bill
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
Marcelo
Jan 21, 2013 Marcelo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Wu
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
Jerome
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
Shane
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
Iskreads
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
Larry
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
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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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“From the vantage point of my warm, comfortable spot on mother earth, I could see off into infinite space and the eternity of time. In just a few hours, I thought, some of us are going to make that leap into eternity. And I will be one of the instruments of that voyage. I may also be one of the travelers....It's going to happen sooner or later. But if today is my day-I'm going to have a cup of coffee first.” 4 likes
“The author, then in the final stage as a candidate for Delta Force, was asked by the unit's foreboding colonel what he thought of the evaluation's Stress Week. He responded that he was waiting for it to begin, reasoning that, used to responsibility for others while leading a platoon, he only had himself to worry about. However hard the trial, he got four meals a day, nobody shot at, him, and the weather was pleasant.” 3 likes
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