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90 Minutes at Entebbe

Stevenson, William with material by Dan, Uri

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ISBN 10: 0553104829 / ISBN 13: 9780553104820
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Light Creasing on Front Cover; Moderate Creasing on Rear Cover, Spine; Front, Rear Covers, Spine Lightly Chipped; Spine Slightly Cocked; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. An incredible rescue of split-second timing. The first full inside story of Operation Thunderbolt, the spectacular Israeli strike against terrorism; by William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid with material from Uri Dan, chief correspondent of Maariv. ALSO KNOWN AS: material from Operation Uganda by Uri Dan published in Hebrew by Keter Publishing House, Ltd., Jerusalem. CONTENTS: Introduction 1. Where Is Flight 139? 2. An African Dictator Takes Over 3. Terrorism and Mad Regimes 4. The Options 5. "Where the Hell Is Uganda?" 6. The Terrorists' Ultimatum 7. Track A: Surrender? 8. Shift to Track B: Attack 9. Dr. Hadad: Planner of Terror 10. Intelligence Filters In 11. Amin: The PLO Puppet 12. The General Staff Examines Track B 13. The Invisibles 14. The Night of the Dry Run 15. The Hippos Assemble 16. Thunderbolt: GO! 17. Into Africa 18. "Yonni's Been Hit" 19. Dora Bloch Vanishes 20. "Refuel at Nairobi!" 21. Idi Gets the News from Tel Aviv 22. "I Am Distressed for Thee, My Brother Jonathan"; A Personal Note; United Nations Security Council Debate; Transcript of Three Telephone Conversations Between Colonel Baruch Bar-Lev and President Idi Amin. SYNOPSIS: A SMALL BAND OF BRAVE MEN It was the most triumphant rescue of modern times, a spectacular end to a terrifying odyssey. For years Arab terrorists had shocked the world with skyjackings and wanton murder of innocents. Then guerrillas hijacked an Air France jetliner, flew the passengers to Uganda and, during a week of agony, bargained for lives. Only hours before the deadline, Israeli commandos in Hercules prop-jets raced over 2500 miles from Israel to Entebbe airport, and in a blaze of gunfire, freed 103 hostages. "The mission in Uganda, in one short hour, strengthened the backbone of the Jewish people and of the whole free world. This was a time when the fate of a nation was determined in one hour by a small band of brave men." - Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres. A LEGEND IS BORN Here is the full story of a rescue mission in which a small nation staked its pride and honor to save the lives of its sons and daughters. 16 pages of on-the-scene photographs. William Stevenson, internationally renowned journalist and war correspondent, is the bestselling author of A Man Called Intrepid. He first learned about terrorist methods in French Indochina and later in Kenya during the bloody Mau Mau wars. His experience in operational intelligence began during the second World War when he was a Royal Navy pilot. Later, he was attached to British Security Coordination chief, Sir William Stephenson, a man called Intrepid. Bill Stevenson's long association with Israel began immediately after World War II when former members of the Intrepid network helped to establish the state of Israel. Just prior to the Six Day War in 1967, Stevenson knew that fighting was about to break out. Shortly after that war he wrote the Bantam book: Strike Zion. In 1970 with cooperation of the IAF, Stevenson wrote Zanek!: A Chronicle of the Israeli Air Force. Now, after two intensive weeks of journalistic investigation in Israel, Bill Stevenson has written the first complete, inside story of the rescue mission in Uganda: 90 Minutes at Entebbe. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001086

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Title: 90 Minutes at Entebbe

Publisher: Bantam Books, Inc., New York

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition 6th Printing

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The incredible story of an Israeli mission that rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked jetliner.

On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In the following agonizing days, Israeli passengers were singled out and held hostage. A week later on July 4, one hundred Israeli commandos raced 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe, landed in the middle of the night, and in a heart-stopping mission that lasted ninety minutes, killed all guerillas and freed 103 hostages.

In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking to the final ninety-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin’s support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities. An illustration of one nation’s undying spirit, heroism, and commitment to its people in the face of threat, Operation Thunderbolt has become a legendary antiterrorist tale.

Although first written in 1976 (and published within weeks of the event), Stevenson’s account presents this act of terrorism in a way that is still relevant in our modern-day political climate. A factual account of what could easily be read as sensational fiction, 90 Minutes at Entebbe will inspire, encourage, and instill hope in all readers.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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William Stevenson was born in Britain in 1925. He served as an aircraft pilot in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy during World War II and later moved to Canada where he worked for the Toronto Star. Stevenson traveled the globe, operating as the Star’s one-man foreign service and covering conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Stevenson is the author of nine books, including international bestseller A Man Called Intrepid. He died in 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

Uri Dan was born in 1935. A veteran Israeli journalist, he served as the chief correspondent of Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, and as the Israel correspondent for the New York Post. Dan gained fame as the spokesman and confidante of Israel’s former prime minister Ariel Sharon. He died in 2006.

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