Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces (A Study in Command)

By Tom Clancy, Tony Koltz, Carl Stiner

An unconventional struggle calls for unconventional men—the unique Forces.


Green Berets • military SEALS • Rangers •
Air strength targeted Operations • PsyOps • Civil Affairs •
and different special-mission units


The first Commanders books, each guy a Tiger and Into the hurricane, supplied masterly blends of historical past, biography, you-are-there narrative, perception into the perform of management, and undeniable out of date storytelling. Shadow Warriors is all of that and extra, a ebook of unusual timeliness, for, within the phrases of Lieutenant basic invoice Yarborough, “there are itches that in simple terms distinct Forces can scratch.”


Now, Carl Stiner—the moment commander of SOCOM, the U.S. particular Operations Command—and Tom Clancy hint the transformation of the specified Forces from the small center of outsiders of the Nineteen Fifties, throughout the cauldron of Vietnam, to the rebirth of the SF within the overdue Eighties and Nineties, and on into the hot century because the bearer of the biggest, such a lot combined, and most complicated set of missions within the U.S. military.


These are the first-hand bills of infantrymen battling outdoor the traces: counterterrorism, raids, hostage rescues, reconnaissance, counterinsurgency, and mental operations—from Vietnam and Laos to Lebanon to Panama, to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, to the recent wars of today…



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