Hunt For Bin Laden Is Like “BLACK HAWK DOWN—IN THE SNOW”

~ Below will be found a bit about the Author and Acclaim for the Book ~ Hunt For Bin Laden.

About the Author

Jack Idema was born on Memorial Day, 1956-the federal holiday commemorating

U.S.

UK) about the first two hundred American Special Forces who defeated the Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists in

Afghanistan between October 2001 and June 2002, on which The Hunt for bin Laden-Task Force Dagger is based. He is the recipient of the 2001 National Press Club Award, one of the world's most prestigious awards for Journalism, for "The Colonel's Wife" chronicling his one year search for the killer of a Green Beret colonel's wife. soldiers who died in military service. He is co-author of the best-selling books The Hunt for Bin Laden (Random House) and Task Force Dagger (Macmillan

His investigation of

Soviet Union nuclear smuggling during the Lithuanian Revolution, in which he participated as a combatant, enabled both "60 Minutes" and US News & World Report to win the IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Tom Renner Award for Outstanding Crime Reporting in 1996 for their stories on Russian Nuclear Smuggling.

Idema spent his military career in the United States Army Special Forces & Special Mission Units, more than twenty years working with or for the CounterTerroristGroup US, and over seven years in

Afghanistan. He has trained, worked with, or conducted operations with almost every Special Operations Force in the world, including the British SAS, the German GSG-9, the French GIGN, the Soviet GRU military intelligence, and Soviet Alfa Group Commandos.

While there are disputes over who was the youngest Green Beret in American history, the fact remains that Jack Idema was awarded his Green Beret in 1975 by Colonel Charles Beckwith, founder of Delta Force. No other person has ever even been admitted to the Special Forces selection course at the age of eighteen, no less graduated and been awarded the coveted Green Beret at nineteen.

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ABOUT THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN

In this acclaimed, groundbreaking bestseller about

America’s war against al-Qaida in

Afghanistan, Jack Idema, a Green Beret himself, employs exclusive access and his trademark expertise as a Special Forces commando, to take you on a top-secret tour of the most covert conflict since the CIA’s war in

Laos. This is a blistering, behind-the-scenes account of

America’s first strike in its war against terrorism. From the international outrage of 9/11 to its immediate aftermath – the unprecedented Special Ops assault on Osama bin Laden’s bases – all aspects of this astonishing story are revealed here for the first time. Here is how a few hundred Green Berets toppled the Taliban and how bin Laden may have made his escape.

“As the al-Qaida terrorists charged one wall, three Green Berets charged 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.

Task Force Dagger plunges the reader into the West’s War on Terror, from the first top-secret meetings in

Tampa,

Florida, on the afternoon of

September 11, 2001 through to 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 and British commandos on the ground. This is the story of how only a few hundred men, operating from a secret Special Force’s base, changed the course of history in

Central Asia and destroyed a one-hundred-thousand-man terrorist army in less than ninety days.

Action–packed and controversial, Task Force Dagger is teeming with revelations and inside information: how the book was really written and relied on unprecedented insider access; 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; the sacrifices of the families, and the flaws and frustrations of the hunt for bin Laden himself.

The Green Berets were calling in air strikes 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 and less than thirty British Commandos 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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“BLACK HAWK DOWN—IN THE SNOW…

Little is held back in the sweeping reality of the text. It is all there: the pain, the suffering, the fear, the courage, the sardonic morgue humor of war, the strength somehow found in its jaws – and the honor in fighting the good fight.”

–Soldier of Fortune Magazine

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“The Hunt for Bin Laden transports you inside the beating heart of America’s war on terror, then spirals you down a main artery onto the front lines with a Special Forces detachment cutting down al Qaida terrorists…By the time I finished reading The Hunt for Bin Laden, I was in awe of this force America had unleashed against our enemies…The Hunt for Bin Laden has the epic style and reality of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.” –Master Sergeant Thomas R. Bumback (Ret.) – U.S. Army Special Operations writing for Soldier of Fortune magazine

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“The Hunt for Bin Laden transports you inside the beating heart of America’s war on terror, then spirals you down a main artery onto the front lines with a Special Forces detachment cutting down al Qaida terrorists…By the time I finished reading The Hunt for Bin Laden, I was in awe of this force America had unleashed against our enemies…The Hunt for Bin Laden has the epic style and reality of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.” –Master Sergeant Thomas R. Bumback (Ret.) – U.S. Army Special Operations writing for Soldier of Fortune magazine

“A DRAMATIC AND IMPORTANT STORY.”

New York Daily News”

“GRIPPING…AN EXPLOSIVE TALE…

–The Commercial Appeal (

Memphis)

“Authoritative…The Hunt for Bin Laden guides you through volatile

Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of Special Forces operators – team by team – battle by battle.

“IF YOUR BLOOD IS NOT STIRRED, CHANCES ARE YOU’RE

RUNNING

ON EMPTY.”

–Major Jim Morris (Special Forces Ret.)

Author of the bestselling book WAR STORY

“Swashbuckling… the author reaches a kind of ground truth in his narrative of Special Forces at war: the dangerous, sometimes thrilling but unpredictable nature of combat that makes soldiers laugh bitterly at the phrase “military precision.’”

–The

Washington Post Book World

“…The Hunt for Bin Laden offers valuable insights into the war…”

San Diego

Union-Tribune

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