Operation Thunderbolt

Operation Thunderbolt

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

Book - 2015
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The definitive account of one of the greatest Special Forces missions ever, the Raid of Entebbe, by acclaimed military historian Saul David.

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe, in Uganda -- ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening.

Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu (brother of Israel's Prime Minister.) Three of the country's greatest leaders -- Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin -- planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316245418
Branch Call Number: 967. 61042 DAV
Characteristics: 446 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.


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Feb 11, 2019

Very good read on an audacious plan to rescue hostages.Very engaging storytelling

Mar 19, 2018

Revisionist faux-history, written from a leftist anti-Israel perspective.

Mar 09, 2018

Wonderful, well written and researched book. Very exciting to read, a real-page turner. I knew very little about this operation and Saul David makes it so interesting.

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