The Hunt for Bin Laden: Task Force Dagger

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Random House, 2003 - Political Science - 373 pages
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“As the [al-Qaida terrorists] charged one wall, three Green Berets leaned over the parapets, oblivious to the enemy small-arms fire that was cracking by their heads and shoulders.

“ ‘Focus, squeeze, focus, squeeze,’ they recited quietly. . . . Each time . . . the lifeless body [of an al-Qaida terrorist] would snap back through the desert air and drop onto the sandy courtyard.”

The war in Afghanistan was the most secret conflict since the CIA’s covert war in Laos; thousands of journalists covered it, yet, ironically, little is known about how it was waged or what really happened—until now.

The Hunt for bin Ladenplunges the reader into America’s War on Terror, from the first top-secret meetings of TASK FORCE DAGGER in Tampa on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, through the liberation of Kabul sixty-two days later and the tragedies of OPERATION ANACONDA. The book takes the reader into the heat of battle—as seen through the eyes of the Green Berets on the ground. This is the story of how only a few hundred men, operating from a secret Special Forces base, changed the course of history in Central Asia and destroyed a hundred-thousand-man terrorist army in less than ninety days.

Action-packed and controversial, The Hunt for bin Laden is teeming with revelations and inside information: the truth about John Walker Lindh and Mike Spann; the failure of the “conventional” generals; the courage of the Northern Alliance; the wounding and murder of journalists; and the flaws and frustrations of the hunt for bin Laden himself.

In mid-December 2001, Robin Moore arrived in Afghanistan, where he joined his old friends, whom he had celebrated thirty-five years earlier in his bookThe Green Beretsand who were now calling in airstrikes and fighting alongside the armies of the Northern Alliance against the terrorist al-Qaida and Taliban. In less than three winter months, about a hundred Green Berets accounted for the deaths of perhaps as many as forty thousand terrorists and the winning of a war in Afghanistan—where the Soviets had found fighting a war all but impossible.

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Only Robin Moore could have written a more one sided, 'only my friends are cool' book. Ever. For a fun time, read this and Ghost Wars both side by side; same events, totally different story; at the end you will not know what really happened, except Steve Coll won a Pulitzer, and Robin Moore then claimed he did not write this book. 

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One of the worst books I have read in any genre. First off, the title is a cheap trick to score easy sales in a market that was eager for the first books of the emerging war in Afghanistan. The book ... Read full review


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In January 1964, Robin Moore went to Vietnam. He had attended Jump School at Fort Benning—with the special approval of President John F. Kennedy—and was the first and only civilian ever allowed to go through the grueling Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg. The result was The Green Berets, a bestselling book about a unique and remarkable group of fighting men. Robin Moore then went on to write three more books about the war in Vietnam.
He has also written several novels, including The French Connection; a book about terrorists in South Africa; and an exposé of the smuggling of nuclear arms from Russia after the Communist era.

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