Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - History - 356 pages
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A top-secret U.S. Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to assassinating key al Qaeda members, including Iraqi leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and, in one of their greatest missions, capturing Saddam Hussein. 'The Activity,” as it became known to insiders, has achieved near-mythical status, even among the world's Special Operations elite. Hidden from the politicians and the government bean counters, The Activity has been carrying out deniable operations, preparing the way for Delta and SEAL Team Six.

Now journalist Michael Smith gets inside this clandestine military team to expose their explosive history and secrets. Smith has spoken to many former members of the Activity and reveals the incredible truth behind the world's most secret Special Operations organization, a unit that is at the forefront of the War on Terror.

 

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User Review  - NickHowes - LibraryThing

The story of a low-profile intelligence organization known variously as the Activity and the Army of Northern Virginia, starting with the debacle involving the hostage rescue operation in Iran and ... Read full review

KILLER ELITE: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Engaging insider history of the U.S. Army's undercover special-ops unit known as "The Activity."Attention-grabbing profiles, interviews and case histories fortify this work by Smith (The Emperor's ... Read full review

Contents

DEBACLE AT DESERT ONE
1
OPERATION WINTER HARVEST
22
INAPPROPRIATE ACTION
46
MAKE THE GROUND SHAKE
69
THOSE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON
94
THE FELIX NETWORK
118
THE WAR ON COCAINE
146
AMERICAS AVENGING ANGELS
205
A REAL KILLER ELITE
239
GLOSSARY
315
BIBLIOGRAPHY
339
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Michael Smith writes on defense for the Sunday Times of London. A former member of the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, Smith covered the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and has broken a number of important stories. He is the award-winning author of numerous bestselling books, including The Emperor's Code, a true story of code-breaking during World War II. 

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