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Operation Thunderbolt

(2015)
Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the 20th Century's Greatest Special Forces Mission
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'The definitive work on the subject....This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian' New York Times Book Review

'It's a brilliantly orchestrated book, wonderfully rich in detail, but at the same time roaring along at a heart-thumping pace...' Mail on Sunday

'A brilliant, breathless account that reads like the plot of an action movie.' Sunday Telegraph

This edition is updated with new material on recent discoveries.

On 3 July 1976 Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to free more than a hundred Israeli, French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail.

Codenamed Thunderbolt, the operation carried huge risks. The flight was a challenge: 2,000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amin's Uganda. On the ground, the Israeli commandos had just three minutes to carry out their mission. They had to evade a cordon of elite Ugandan paratroopers, storm the terminal and free more than a hundred hostages. So much could have gone wrong: the death of the hostages if the terrorists got wind of the assault; or the capture of Israel's finest soldiers if their Hercules planes could not take off. Both would have been a human and a PR catastrophe.

Now, with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many, Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants, including Israeli soldiers and politicians, hostages, a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist.

Both a thrilling page-turner and a major piece of historical detective work, Operation Thunderbolt shows how the outcome of Israel's most famous military operation depended on secret diplomacy, courage and luck-and was in the balance right up to the very last moment.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-316-24541-0 / 978-0-316-24541-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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July 2015 : UK Hardback
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6251-6 / 978-1-4447-6251-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

March 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-316-24539-9 / 978-0-316-24539-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6254-0 / 978-1-4447-6254-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6253-2 / 978-1-4447-6253-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


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