A gripping rescue – Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid – The Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

This book was published in 2015 for the 40th anniversary of the taking of Flight 139 by terrorists and the successful rescue by Israelis special forces. The raid on Entebbe Airport has been shrouded in mystery and heroism and glorified as a unqualified success. It had even pressured or inspired the Americans to attempt a similar rescue of American hostages in the US embassy in Tehran in 1980.

Saul David in this book had peeled away the myths. Presenting the story in chronological order he began with the terrorists and passengers boarding the plane. The story is told from Day 1 Sun 27 June 1976 to day 8 Sun 4 July 1976. He described the anxieties of the hostages and humanised the terrorists.

He also revealed that Bose, one of the terrorists, had the opportunity to use his submachine gun and a grenade on the hostages but for reasons not analysed by David did not do so. If Bose had done it there would have been lots of casualties and the Entebbe raid would have ended in disaster or at least with many casualties. I highly recommend this book to readers who want to know the full story behind the myths.

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