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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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