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By the historical consultant to the major motion pictureEntebbeThe definitive work on the subjectThis is the achievement of a masterly first rate historian New York Times Book ReviewIts a brilliantly orchestrated book wonderfully rich in detail but at the same time roaring along at a heart thumping pace Mail on SundayA brilliant breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie Sunday TelegraphThis edition is updated with new material on recent discoveries On 3 July 1976 Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to freethan a hundred Israeli French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport Uganda The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail Codenamed Thunderbolt the operation carried huge risks The flight was a challenge 2000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amins Uganda On the ground the Israeli commandos had just three minutes to carry out their mission They had to evade a cordon of lite Ugandan paratroopers storm the terminal and freethan a hundred hostages So much could have gone wrong the death of the hostages if the terrorists got wind of the assault or the capture of Israels finest soldiers if their Hercules planes could not take off Both would have been a human and a PR catastrophe Now with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants including Israeli soldiers and politicians hostages a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist Both a thrilling page turner and a major piece of historical detective work Operation Thunderbolt shows how the outcome of Israels most famous military operation depended on secret diplomacy courage and luck and was in the balance right up to the very last momentBy the historical consultant to the major motion pictureEntebbeThe definitive work on the subjectThis is the achievement of a masterly first rate historian New York Times Book ReviewIts a brilliantly orchestrated book wonderfully rich in detail but at the same time roaring along at a heart thumping pace Mail on SundayA brilliant breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie Sunday TelegraphThis edition is updated with new material on recent discoveries On 3 July 1976 Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to freethan a hundred Israeli French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport Uganda The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail Codenamed Thunderbolt the operation carried huge risks The flight was a challenge 2000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amins Uganda On the ground the Israeli commandos had just three minutes to carry out their mission They had to evade a cordon of lite Ugandan paratroopers storm the terminal and freethan a hundred hostages So much could have gone wrong the death of the hostages if the terrorists got wind of the assault or the capture of Israels finest soldiers if their Hercules planes could not take off Both would have been a human and a PR catastrophe Now with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants including Israeli soldiers and politicians hostages a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist Both a thrilling page turner and a major piece of historical detective work Operation Thunderbolt shows how the outcome of Israels most famous military operation depended on secret diplomacy courage and luck and was in the balance right up to the very last momentBy the historical consultant to the major motion pictureEntebbeThe definitive work on the subjectThis is the achievement of a masterly first rate historian New York Times Book ReviewIts a brilliantly orchestrated book wonderfully rich in detail but at the same time roaring along at a heart thumping pace Mail on SundayA brilliant breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie Sunday TelegraphThis edition is updated with new material on recent discoveries On 3 July 1976 Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to freethan a hundred Israeli French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport Uganda The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail Codenamed Thunderbolt the operation carried huge risks The flight was a challenge 2000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amins Uganda On the ground the Israeli commandos had just three minutes to carry out their mission They had to evade a cordon of lite Ugandan paratroopers storm the terminal and freethan a hundred hostages So much could have gone wrong the death of the hostages if the terrorists got wind of the assault or the capture of Israels finest soldiers if their Hercules planes could not take off Both would have been a human and a PR catastrophe Now with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants including Israeli soldiers and politicians hostages a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist Both a thrilling page turner and a major piece of historical detective work Operation Thunderbolt shows how the outcome of Israels most famous military operation depended on secret diplomacy courage and luck and was in the balance right up to the very last moment


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    Another brilliant narrative history from an author that has written some outstanding historiesI first came across his wonderful history of the Indian Mutiny some years back and since then look forward to his books as they come outThis book is no exception It's very detailed the hijacking and political machinations leading upto the planning and rescue of the hostages is very thoroughly coveredHowever this does not detract from the smooth flow of the narrativeThe human aspect remains the main focus regardless of whether they are hostages politiciansterrorists or special forces soldiersWithout a doubt one of the best books if not the best on the subject of the Entebbe Raid