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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Sallah, Mitch Weiss Narrator: Harry Chase Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781594835162
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At the outset of the Vietnam War, the Army created an experimental fighting unit that became known as “Tiger Force.” The Tigers were to be made up of the cream of the crop—the very best and bravest soldiers the American military could offer. They would be given a long leash, allowed to operate in the field with less supervision. Their mission was to seek out enemy compounds and hiding places so that bombing runs could be accurately targeted. They were to go where no troops had gone, to become one with the jungle, to leave themselves behind and get deep inside the enemy’s mind.

The experiment went terribly wrong.

What happened during the seven months Tiger Force descended into the abyss is the stuff of nightmares. Their crimes were uncountable, their madness beyond imagination—so much so that for almost four decades, the story of Tiger Force was covered up under orders that stretched all the way to the White House. Records were scrubbed, documents were destroyed, men were told to say nothing.

But one person didn’t follow orders. The product of years of investigative reporting, interviews around the world, and the discovery of an astonishing array of classified information, Tiger Force is a masterpiece of journalism. Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for their Tiger Force reporting, Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss have uncovered the last great secret of the Vietnam War.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vital and damning glimpse at what really goes on behind the wartime headlines.”

    Metro

  • “Tiger Force adds a graphic, frightening dimension to our knowledge of the Vietnam tragedy, as well as our knowledge of ourselves. It is bound to be read far into the future.”

    Stanley Karnow, The Washington Post

  • “…a searing narrative, difficult to read yet difficult to put down”

    Library Journal

  • “It took years of tireless research on thepart of an Army investigator to bring this appalling story to even the barest glimmer of light. Sallah and Weiss do a solid job of unearthing the rest of it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Pulitzer Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Belcher | 2/20/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. The Vietnam War was a difficult time for most soldiers. This book shows both the good and bad of a special unit tasked to do a nearly impossible mission. Though the book discusses a unit that did many bad things, it told the story as to why they did them. It was captivating and well written. I would recommend it to those who are not overly critical of the military, so no to the liberals. But to those who are quick to be overly critical, war brings out the best and worst in soldiers. Without the strong leaders of the military today, things like this happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald Harwick | 2/14/2014

    " A good read that held my attention, and moved quickly. The authors did not spend an overly abundant amount of time on the causes of such cruelty. Rather, they pieced together a good story from multiple interviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " great read, honest description of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/10/2014

    " Disturbing and provocative. Very insightful into some of the happenings in the Vietnam War. A war that I know very little about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/9/2014

    " Good book easy to read, although the topic is a bit disturbing. War crimes are a difficult subject especially when the war was Vietnam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 2/1/2014

    " Tiger Force were victims. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Wescott | 1/21/2014

    " My Dad had me read "Strong Men Armed" I learned so much and had a whole new appreciation of my Grandfather and his life in service. However, This book is about a platoon and their atrocities in Vietnam. It didn't sink in until Chapter 12 when I realized it wasn't just a few random acts of violence. That's what the whole book was about, so I quit reading it.While I'm not naive enough to believe that these atrocities didn't happen, I don't want to read about them. My Dad is a Vietnam Vet, and I'm going to believe that he was one of the ones who "didn't cross the line". Not just because he's my Dad and I want to think the best of him - but because of his life since 1966. He hasn't destroyed his life drowned in Alcohol or spent it trying to forget. He's admitted it was a bad deal - he did what he had to - it was a struggle - and conscious free - his life went on. So until any military investigative reporter proves otherwise - My Dad was a good soldier. Although I hated the content, (which is deserving of one star) I gave it two stars because it was well-written, and I do feel for the innocent Vietnamese whose life were changed by those out of control in the name of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heycynh | 1/20/2014

    " Wow! So much of Vietnam is too violent to bring to the classroom. However, this was an amazing journey through one of histories biggest government cover-ups. If you read it, be prepared for the shock value and equally prepared for the surprising consequences (or lack thereof. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judd | 1/15/2014

    " This book is follows one of the most horrible series of events in Vietnam which happened over and over again. If you don't think this is happening today as well, you are weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Stark | 11/12/2013

    " This was an interesting book my wife bought me for Father's Day. There was obviously a lot of research done in putting the book together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 11/4/2013

    " read this book. it's shocking, gripping and an excellent read. investigative journalism at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/31/2013

    " Shocking revelations--why am I just now learning about this? Eye opening vew of the Vietnam War. Sad and troubling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 2/8/2013

    " I found this book on the bargain shelf...so it was about as good as I would have expected. Interesting story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/9/2012

    " A disturbing read .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/3/2012

    " I counldn't help but think that this would have been a great New Yorker article. I just got too bogged down inthe detail. That said, I think it was an important look into how massacres happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/13/2012

    " A book about events that occured during the Vietnam War, things no one ever hears about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Phillips | 12/18/2011

    " Very disturbing even to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 7/20/2011

    " Very disturbing all the way around - from what was done to the fact it was covered up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark O'Rourke | 7/8/2011

    " Pretty good detail of the events that happened but reads more like a children's book. The authors were obviously not well informed about military hardware such as aircraft, weapons, and equipment used during that war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tristanb18 | 6/5/2011

    " A study in what happens when a unit has poor leadership and no acountability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Mceachen | 3/22/2011

    " I was amazed at the psychopaths that ended up in Vietnam, and I had no knowledge of these war crimes by this specific military unit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Armstrong | 2/24/2011

    " So interesting and shocking and sad. A true story you've probably never heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tristanb18 | 1/1/2011

    " A study in what happens when a unit has poor leadership and no acountability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 10/27/2010

    " Do some crazy men go to war so does war make men crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/13/2010

    " Pretty good detail of the events that happened but reads more like a children's book. The authors were obviously not well informed about military hardware such as aircraft, weapons, and equipment used during that war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/2/2010

    " great read, honest description of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/17/2010

    " Disturbing and provocative. Very insightful into some of the happenings in the Vietnam War. A war that I know very little about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 2/23/2010

    " Beware the author bias, as usual. Somewhat interesting. Didn't like the "storybook" style the journalists used. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 11/2/2009

    " Very disturbing all the way around - from what was done to the fact it was covered up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Byrdman50010 | 8/26/2009

    " WoW! This book is a frightening look at what can happen to soldiers in combat who are without guidance. These men go "off the farm" and commit atrocities that make the My Lai massacre look like a Sunday outing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 3/23/2009

    " I found this book on the bargain shelf...so it was about as good as I would have expected. Interesting story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/18/2009

    " Good book easy to read, although the topic is a bit disturbing. War crimes are a difficult subject especially when the war was Vietnam. "

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About the Author

Michael Sallah is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He has received numerous state and national awards for his investigative work and was formerly named Best Reporter in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists. Weiss spent twelve years with the Associated Press and is currently the investigations editor for the Miami Herald. He is the author of Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War.

About the Narrator

Harry Chase has over thirty years of experience in voice-overs and acting. He is most recognized as the voice of Captain Morgan’s Rum. His work includes feature film trailers as well as spots for Quiznos, Sony Vaio, Disney on Broadway, CNN, CBS, Lifetime, Sci-Fi and National Geographic. Harry’s voice can also be heard in video games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Harry won a Best Voice Over Golden Trailer Award for his work on the movie trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt.