• Operation Thunderbolt

  • Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
  • By: Saul David
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-01-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (256 ratings)
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready

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Publisher's Summary

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 current 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.
©2015 Saul David (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"This book is an enthralling, minute-by-minute retelling of the hijack and the dramatic rescue using new sources and material." (Max Hastings, author of Inferno)
"Totally thrilling, totally poignant. Bringing the greatest special forces operation of modern times blazingly to life, David's book, full of new revelations, written with the excitement of an action movie, the authority of a historian, is great drama, superb storytelling - and yet tells us much about the Middle East today." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda Rudolph on 01-28-16

A story of true courage and political resolve

The Israeli rescue of the hostages in Uganda is a nearly mythical story which this book does a remarkable job telling. I was enthralled with the hour by hour description of the hijacking as well as the events leading up to the rescue. I was completely captivated during the actual rescue and couldn't stop listening until it was done.

I was also impressed with the way the politicians both within and across parties came together to support such a dangerous and high risk strategy.

It was disappointing (though unfortunately not surprising) to hear that many in the UN tried to condemn Israel for rescuing its civilian hostages and yet remained silent in their condemnation of the terrorists as well as their Ugandian coconspirators.

Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable listen and one which I highly recommend!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By S. Perry on 03-12-16

Very entertaining

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This was a really enjoyable audiobook. My wife commented in the background: "The only thing I remember about the raid on Entebbe is the movie about the raid on Entebbe"! Well, this certainly fills in the detail in an electric story that doesn't slow down, and doesn't get dry in imparting detail. The narrator was a perfect for engaging the listener, without any over-excitement. The was a great audiobook, and a terrific story.

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