October 10, 2011
Contact: Bill Petrie
CMSgt, USAF, Ret.
The Book Hootch
Inside the Special Forces
by Tom Clancy
with Carl Stiner (Ret)
MacMillan (June 30, 2003) Berkley
found on Amazon.com for $16.00
An unconventional war requires unconventional men—
the Special Forces.
Shadow Warriors is the third in an extraordinary series of nonfiction
books—a look deep into modern unconventional warfare, as seen through
the eyes of one of America’s outstanding commanders.
In his first two Commanders books, Tom Clancy teamed with armor and infantry
General Fred Franks, Jr., and Air Force General Chuck Homer to provide
masterly blends of history, biography, you-are-there narrative, insight
into the practice of leadership, and plain old-fashioned storytelling.
Shadow Warriors is all of that, and more, a book of uncommon timeliness,
for, in the words of Lieutenant General Bill Yarborough, “there
are itches that only Special Forces can scratch.”
The training, resourcefulness, and creativity of the SF soldier make
him capable of jobs that few other soldiers could handle, in situations
where traditional arms and movement don’t apply.
Carl Stiner was only the second commander of SOCOM, the U.S. Special
Operations Command, responsible for the readiness of all the special-operations
forces of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, including the Green Berets,
Navy SEALs, Rangers, Air Force Special Operations, PsyOps, Civil Affairs,
and other special-mission units.
Together, he and Clancy trace the transformation of the Special Forces
from the small core of outsiders of the 1950s through the cauldron of
Vietnam and to the rebirth of the SF in the late 1980s and 1990s as the
bearer of the largest, most mixed, and most complex set of missions in
the U.S. military. From Vietnam and Laos to Panama and El Salvador to
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, these are stories of raids,
counterterrorism, hostage rescues, reconaissance, counterinsurgency and
psychological operations—and also of building settlements, teaching
civilians, cleaning up water supplies, and saving lives. It is a front-row
seat to a man, an institution, and a way both of war and peace that together
make this an instant classic of military history.
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