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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

Saul David
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition
First North American edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780316245418, 0316245410
Summary
"The definitive account of one of the greatest Special Forces missions ever, the Raid on Entebbe, by acclaimed military historian Saul David"--Book jacket.
On June 27, 1976, a group of Arab and German terrorists hijacked Air France flight 139 en route from Tel Aviv to Paris. The plane was diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda, where the terrorists demanded the release of 53 "freedom fighters" in Israeli, Kenyan, and European jails in return for the safe release of the 253 passengers and crew. Idi Amin, whose murderous rule of Uganda was then in its fifth year, made no attempt to intervene. After most of the non-Israeli hostages had been released, Israel faced an impossible choice: give in to terrorism or risk a rescue that had a high chance of failure. In the wake of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, this decision was almost incalculably difficult. As Saul David recounts in this reconstruction of one of the most complex Special Forces missions ever, Operation Thunderbolt required more than just tactical audacity. In a mere two days, three of the most important men in Israeli history--Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin--marshaled resources, secured necessary international partners, and masterminded the raid that would astonish the world. This book gives us the first comprehensive account, using classified documents from archives in tour countries and interviews with key participants, including Israeli soldiers and politicians, hostages, and a former terrorist. The result brings to life the role that ingenuity and bravery can play against even the most impossible odds and the most committed opponents.--Adapted from book jacket.
Contents
  • Day 1. Sunday, 27 June 1976
  • Day 2. Monday, 28 June 1976
  • Day 3. Tuesday, 29 June 1976
  • Day 4. Wednesday, 30 June 1976
  • Day 5. Thursday, 1 July 1976
  • Day 6. Friday, 2 July 1976
  • Day 7. Saturday, 3 July 1976
  • Day 8. Sunday, 4 July 1976
  • Aftermath.
Description
446 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Notes
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, July 2015"--Title-page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-413) and index.
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