Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hunting Che: How a U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World's Most Famous Revolutionary

Published yesterday.  Potentially a good read for all students of the history Special Warfare.

Hunting Che: How a U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World's Most Famous Revolutionary
by Mitch Weiss (Author) , Kevin Maurer (Author)

An iconic symbol of violent revolution, Ernesto “Che” Guevera has gone down in history as one of the most feared revolutionaries of the late twentieth century. But until now, details of his capture and execution have been told with a sympathetic eye toward the icon. Using government reports, documents, and eyewitness accounts, Hunting Chereveals how the Green Berets trained Bolivian soldiers in the spring and summer of 1967 to hunt the legendary revolutionary who was hiding in the mountainous jungles of the South American country. A sweeping narrative,Hunting Che tells the untold story of one of the first truly successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history—a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.By the mid-1960s, Guevera had become famous for his outspoken criticism of the United States and his support for armed Communist insurgencies. He had been one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, and was attempting to repeat his success throughout Latin America. His guerrilla tactics and talent for proselytizing made him a threat to American foreign policy—and when he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be eliminated. Major Ralph “Pappy” Shelton was called upon to lead the mission to train the Bolivians. With a hand-picked team of specialists, his first task was to transform a ragtag group of peasants into a trained fighting force who could also gather intelligence. Gary Prado, a Bolivian officer, volunteered to join the newly formed Bolivian Rangers. Joined by Felix Rodriguez, a Cuban exile working for the CIA, the Americans and Bolivians searched for Che. The size of Che’s group and when they would strike were unknowns, and the stakes were high. If Bolivia fell, it would validate Che’s theories and throw South America into turmoil. Hunting Che follows the exploits of Major Shelton, Felix Rodriguez, and Gary Prado—the Bolivian Ranger commander who ultimately captured him. The story begins with Che’s arrival in Bolivia and follows the hunt to the dramatic confrontation and capture of the iconic leader in the southeastern village of La Higuera. With the White House and the Pentagon secretly monitoring every move, Shelton and his team changed history, and prevented a catastrophic threat from taking root in the West. INCLUDE PHOTOS

Berkley Hardcover (July 2, 2013)
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"This is the real story—extremely well told—of the unraveling of a guerrilla force and the patient and heroic team work of the men who brought down the iconic myth."—Enrique Encinosa, author of Unvanquished: Cuba's Resistance to Fidel Castro

"Weiss and Maurer have done it again...With memorable characters, rich detail and a fast-moving narrative, they bring us deep into the Bolivian jungle - and into a riveting story you will not want to miss." —Ames Alexander, award-winning investigative reporter with the Charlotte Observer

"Hunting Che provides a powerful portrait of an iconic revolutionary who fell prey to his own ego and passions and a US blacks ops team hellbent on his capture -- and death."—Michael Sallah, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post

“Veteran journalists Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer have tag-teamed on another nail-biter…They shed light on an important—largely misunderstood—operation with fairness, objectivity, and candor.”—Tom Henry, Toledo-based writer and book reviewer

About the Author

Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist for the Associated Press. He currently works for the AP on investigative projects, and an investigative series he wrote about corrupt real estate appraisers won several national awards in 2009. He also was part of a team of AP reporters who won a George Polk Award in 2010 for their coverage of the British Petroleum oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Mitch has also coauthored several nonfiction books, including No Way Out and Tiger Force. Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter who has covered special operations forces for eight years. He has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan six times in the last five years and spent a month with special operations units in Africa in 2006. Kevin has covered Afghanistan's first parliamentary election and the invasion of Iraq. He is also the bestselling author or coauthor of several books, including Gentlemen Bastards, Valleys of Death, and No Easy Day. Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.

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