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Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the… (original 2004; edição 2005)

por Billy Waugh (Autor)

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Billy Waugh is a Special Forces and CIA legend, and in Hunting the Jackal he allows unprecedented access to the shadowy but vital world he has inhabited for more than fifty years. From deep inside the suffocating jungles of Southeast Asia to the fetid streets of Khartoum to the freezing high desert of Afghanistan, Waugh chronicles U.S. Special Operations through the extraordinary experiences of his singular life. He has worked in more than sixty countries, hiding in the darkest shadows and most desolate corners to fight those who plot America's demise.Waugh made his mark in places few want to consider and fewer still would choose to inhabit. In remarkable detail he recounts his participation in some of the most important events in American Special Operations history, including his own pivotal role in the previously untold story of the CIA's involvement in the capture of the infamous Carlos the Jackal. Waugh's work in helping the CIA bring down Carlos the Jackal provides a riveting and suspenseful account of the loneliness and adrenaline common to real-life espionage. He provides a point-by-point breakdown of the indefatigable work necessary to detain the world's first celebrity terrorist. No synopsis can adequately describe Waugh's experiences. He spent seven and a half years in Vietnam, many of them behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. He was tailed by Usama bin Laden's unfriendly bodyguards while jogging through the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, at 3 A.M. And, at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as one of a select number of CIA operatives who hit the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Waugh came face-to-face with bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. Waugh describes his daily surveillance routine with clear-eyed precision. Without fanfare, fear, or chance of detection, he could have killed the 9/11 mastermind on the dirty streets of Khartoum had he been given the authority to do so. No man is more qualified to chronicle America's fight against its enemies -- from communism to terrorism -- over the past half-century. In Hunting the Jackal, Billy Waugh has emerged from the shadows and folds of history to write a memoir of an extraordinary life for extraordinary times.… (mais)
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Título:Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
Autores:Billy Waugh (Autor)
Informação:Avon (2005), 368 pages
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A biting satire, showing the perfect soldier, devoid of any conscience or doubt. All he wants to do by his own admission is to kill people and wherever the government sends him he will happily go - whatever the circumstances. It shows the unreal cruelty of the American army in case you thought 3rd world dictators had the monopoly on pointless slaughter of innocent people.

But, as the main character would have it, we all know that America has never done anything wrong and all the history books are written by limp-wristed academics who frankly don't understand that what is important in life is to do what the general tells you to and not to question anything ever, in case your brain experiences a thought that does not involve imagining killing another human being (with a smile on your face). Otherwise the pinkos win.

Parts of the book made me ill. The deranged glee the author exhibits describing blowing up sleeping soldiers with grenades or killing a woman in case she woke them up with her screaming was just vomit inducing. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Autobiography of special agent anti-terrorism fighter ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
Billy Waugh’s fifty year military and para-military career makes for some good reading. It also does a service by illustrating the high human cost of war, but also the price we pay for lapsed vigilance.

Although filled with equal parts braggadocio “I developed a propensity for attracting gunshots and shrapnel; I possess eight Purple Hearts to commemorate these occasions” and false modesty “Let me be clear: I am not a hero,” this is a compelling book.

Waugh details his seven years in Vietnam, most as a Master Sergeant attached to the Special Operations Group. He retired after the war and worked at a series of unsatisfying civilian jobs until he was hired to train soldiers in Libya. He later became a CIA contractor, hired to keep tabs Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum, Sudan in the early 1990s. (This book was published in 2004. In it Waugh says he believes Bin Laden was killed by a smart bomb on 2/4/02).

Waugh was later instrumental in the tracking and surveillance of Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez-Sanchez) in Khartoum, which led to his capture by the French. This may be the most gripping part of the book.

Waugh finishes out his career – in his seventies - with two months in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war there. ( )
  Hagelstein | Apr 26, 2013 |
If you are an American and want to feel patriotic about what type of person the military can produce and what they can accomplish, read this. Unbelievably smooth read. Keown's editorial work is equal to Kureth's in Franklin Miller's 'Reflections of a Warrior'. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Jun 1, 2010 |
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To my wonderful Special Forces friends, living and dead. You are my mentors.
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Billy Waugh is a Special Forces and CIA legend, and in Hunting the Jackal he allows unprecedented access to the shadowy but vital world he has inhabited for more than fifty years. From deep inside the suffocating jungles of Southeast Asia to the fetid streets of Khartoum to the freezing high desert of Afghanistan, Waugh chronicles U.S. Special Operations through the extraordinary experiences of his singular life. He has worked in more than sixty countries, hiding in the darkest shadows and most desolate corners to fight those who plot America's demise.Waugh made his mark in places few want to consider and fewer still would choose to inhabit. In remarkable detail he recounts his participation in some of the most important events in American Special Operations history, including his own pivotal role in the previously untold story of the CIA's involvement in the capture of the infamous Carlos the Jackal. Waugh's work in helping the CIA bring down Carlos the Jackal provides a riveting and suspenseful account of the loneliness and adrenaline common to real-life espionage. He provides a point-by-point breakdown of the indefatigable work necessary to detain the world's first celebrity terrorist. No synopsis can adequately describe Waugh's experiences. He spent seven and a half years in Vietnam, many of them behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. He was tailed by Usama bin Laden's unfriendly bodyguards while jogging through the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, at 3 A.M. And, at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as one of a select number of CIA operatives who hit the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Waugh came face-to-face with bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. Waugh describes his daily surveillance routine with clear-eyed precision. Without fanfare, fear, or chance of detection, he could have killed the 9/11 mastermind on the dirty streets of Khartoum had he been given the authority to do so. No man is more qualified to chronicle America's fight against its enemies -- from communism to terrorism -- over the past half-century. In Hunting the Jackal, Billy Waugh has emerged from the shadows and folds of history to write a memoir of an extraordinary life for extraordinary times.

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