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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

3 September 2017

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History, Saul David, 2015, ISBN 978-0-316-24541-8, 446 pp.

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History by Saul David

A rescue mission as daring as can be—there can hardly be a more compelling story for an author to write, or a more challenging one to the honor, bravery and sacrifice required of its rescuers. Saul David does their effort well in his recounting of the mission in his brilliantly executed moment-by-moment fashion.

New information, only made recently available, describes the verbally made agreement with the Kenyan government as a contingency should there be heavy casualties—for the price to destroy Idi Amin’s MiG fighters—as well as Amin’s participation on the hijack planning of Flight 139. David’s palpable writing brings readers into the movement, lightning quick decisions and shooting. David also well explains the results to Amin losing prestige and power due to his support of the militants as well as the deaths of the few hostages and militants.

Operation Thunderbolt has been studied by many because of its daring and success. Thorough students will read this book for its explanation of risks versus benefit decisions on the many calculations involved in a rescue effort outside the boundaries of a home country. This book by Saul David serves those students well as it does the rescuers and hostages.

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