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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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This is the true story of the greatest special forces operation of the 20th century and the first shot in the West's long war against international terrorism. It is a tale of human drama and unbearable tension in which courage, comradeship, fanaticism, incompetence and luck all play their parts.

On 3 July 1976, Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to free more than 100 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 100 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 listen 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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December 2015 : USA Hardback
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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
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - 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
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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : USA Paperback
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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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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - 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
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - 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
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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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
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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
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July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - The Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK