International terrorism and the seizure of hostages for political purposes have become all too familiar events in Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe, England no area seems to be immune innocent civilians are being seized and held by those wishing to achieve ideological and political goals When rebels held hostage American consular personnel and other civilians in Stanleyville, the Congo, in 1964, the United States was confronted with a unique crisis situation In this exhaustively researched account, Colonel Fred Wagoner presents a chronological narrative of the events leading to the Belgian American operation, DRAGON ROUGE, which successfully rescued Americans and Belgians held hostage in Stanleyville for 111 days Based primarily on recently declassified and other original, unpublished sources, it is the compelling story of the ordeal of the hostages It is also a story of decisionmaking in crisis, and an instructive account of how an international hostage crisis was managed There are interesting insights into the complex factors, both domestic and international, which must be weighed in crisis decisionmaking, and an exploration of how the views of allies, adversaries, and the Third World were accommodated....
|Title||:||Dragon Rouge: The Rescue of Hostages in the Congo|
|Publisher||:||University Press of the Pacific December 29, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||232 pages|
|File Size||:||889 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Dragon Rouge: The Rescue of Hostages in the Congo Reviews
A fast-paced political/military thriller along the lines of Clancy's Clear and Present Danger with the added appeal of being a true story. It is beyond me why no one has turned this into a screenplay. McNamara, Harriman, Johnson, international intrigue, power politics, race relations, crisis planning, mercenaries, rebels, massacres, cannibalism (!), paratroopers, exotic locales, communists...all in one fascinating story. Dragon Rouge is a superbly crafted study of remarkable events. Colonel Wagoner tells the story of the Congo Crisis of 1964-65 in a manner reminiscent of the best of Cornelius Ryan. His writing is at once fast-paced, humorous and insightful. Because of the author's first-rate research, we see these events from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels. Anyone who enjoyed Michael Dobb's highly rated One Minute to Midnight (2008) about the Cuban Missile Crisis will love this book.
Hostage Rescue: Not for the Faint Hearted!
A very fast pace book which examines the Belgain Para-Rescue mission in the Congo in 1964. Fred Wagner does and excellent job in details.... Very few people have ever heard of the operation or know any of the details. Here is a once stop shopping for those who want to learn alot more about the Congo Wars int eh 1960's,