Hunting the Jackal

  • by Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of 72, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars - including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.


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Wealth of knowledge

This man has so much knowledge and experience, he could write 10-15 great books.
A movie needs to be made about this hero.
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- TAG P.

Was spellbound every minute!

This military biography/spycraft/wisdom literature drew me into binge listening. Narration is otherworldly good. I mean, the narrator gets it and gets it across on the level of Morgan Freeman to cite a well-known example.

The author is well-known to many Special Forces warriors and CIA operatives and is the opposite of a publicity hound. His Carlos the Jackal exploits were not public until well after the fact. Also, he was 71 years old when he participated as one of the first combat warriors in Afghanistan in the earliest phase of official American action in those cold mountains. There's an article on him in Wikipedia.

In my view, Billy Waugh's motivation for this biography is to employ his entertaining style to enter his opinions into the public record. Billy (that's what fellow operatives called him) honed a common sense approach regarding the nature of war, the conflict of Islam with the West, terrorism, the application of technology to warfare, intelligence operations and how an individual can make an outsized contribution.

I was thoroughly entertained and came away with renewed appreciation for the value special forces bring to our nation. I wish their viewpoints, based on real and gritty experience, would be continuously elevated into the public discourse. But that may never happen because by design, Special Forces operate in secrecy.

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- A dad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio