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, 100 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 90 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 90-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 listeners.
One of the great moments in the history of humanity
This is very good and disappointing.
It is disappointing because an operation that lasts only a little more than an hour, isn’t going to have a lot of stories to relate. I wanted to be there and see it all, but the actual rescue is very quick and short. That is too bad.
It’s very good because if gives you all the history and background of the events. Here’s who the main players were, here’s how the hijacking happened, here’s what Uganda said and what was really done, etc.
Even better is the comparison of responses. The author includes the full text of speeches at the U.N. in the week that followed the events. They are very revealing and you’ll be shocked how much the Soviet pro-hijacker logic of 40 years ago echoes in the rhetoric of the left today. Get this book for that reason alone.