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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fidelis; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447125
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Oliver North is a combat-decorated Marine, the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986 he served as the U.S. government's counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an American hero." A New York Times best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel, North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.

Chuck Holton is a best-selling author, international reporter, photographer, video producer, and public speaker. He lives with his wife and five children in West Virginia.


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Very good read, could not put it down!
Ken C. Morris
May God bless these men and always save a place in heaven for them and their families for their unselfish sacrifices to our great republic.
Glenn T
I bought this book when I found out that my Son-In-Law was in it.
ARMY MOM

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I chose this book to read because of the author, Oliver North. I was very curious to read what he had written. It is actually a part of a series that he has produced. Had I fully known the subject matter of the book, prior to my selection, I wouldn't have chosen it. (I shy away from war stories, due to the violence.) That would have been tragic for me. My timing (Veteran's Day) was a coincidence, but made it all the more relevant.

"American Heroes in Special Operations" is a compilation of short stories , reporting true Special Operations Force's events that have taken place since the launch of the War on Terror. The stories are reported with as much fact and detail as is allowed by law. The book includes: amazing photos, to help support the stories written about events in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq; detailed definitions for novices (like me); and most importantly, recounts the honors awarded to the participants in these events.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It is written in such a manner so as not to titillate the reader by the horrorifics of battle, but to recount the stories in as much detail as possible, so the reader gets a very good sense of what the participants endured. The words flow smoothly so it is easy to become engaged in the stories and with the participants. I was cheering for the good guys, boo/hissing the bad guys, and weeping for those who were lost. The stories seem so fantastic that I had to frequently remind myself that this is not fiction or fantasy, but real stories about real people.

I've found this book of true stories to be important to me, because it has helped me become more of a participant in the War on Terror, if only through new knowledge.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott Witner on November 4, 2010
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This book is one of the most eye opening and realistic accounts of the bravery of our men fighting the war on terrorism. These are the guys you will never hear about or read about in the newspapers or see on TV, but may have the greatest influence on the war itself. If you are an American regardless if you support the war or not; you need to read this so that you will gain a better understanding of whats REALLY going on and the sacrifices the men and women in uniform are making so that we can have our everyday freedoms. A big thank you to both Chuck Holton and Oliver North for exposing the truth about what our "Men in Black" are doing and the impact they are having on the war.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By VeronicaK on November 3, 2010
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American Heroes: Special Operations gives an in-depth look into the hearts, minds, and operations of our elite heroes. It's easy as a observer to idolize these heroes who sacrifice everything, but this book gave me a deeper perspective and appreciation of those sacrifices. With North and Holton embedded with these elite warriors, readers are able to see the intricacies and frustrations these men face on a daily basis. What we see on the news is often slanted and a mere sliver of the truth, and that's why I love this American Heroes series because, in essence, it humanizes these warriors--it peels away the armor, the weapons, the deadly missions--and allows me to "see" a man behind all that gear and action. A man with a family, a dream. It's an absolutely fascinating, informative, realistic, and engaging read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By christy mills on August 7, 2012
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Very interesting to read about all the American HEROES that have given their lives so that we can have our freedom. I had a special interest in the book because one of the fallen HEROES was my brother-in-law. It has been 9 years since he died somewhere near Afghanistan, and after reading some of the details I understand so much more about what these men and women are faced with everyday and how much they sacrifice for our country. I am recommending the book to my family and friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GULFDADDY on December 15, 2010
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This is my first Oliver North book and was not what I expected....but was different and better. Better in that it was a series of brief accounts with many photos and bios associated to the events. What great brave people these special ops guys are. I sleep better knowing they are at our service. gulfdaddy
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Braswell on December 13, 2010
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This is not my usual read, but I saw Oliver North on a television program and decided that I should read it since I know nothing about the special ops forces. I found much information that I wouldn't have gained anywhere else, I suppose, and I am glad that I read it. It's a book that one could read a page or two at a time. It's good to know that there are still "stout-hearted men".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ARMY MOM on April 28, 2011
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I bought this book when I found out that my Son-In-Law was in it. It was April 26 2008 in Iraq when he saved a life of one of his buddys and almost lost his own. His story is chilling. His name is Joe Gibson he is a Ranger in the United States Army. His story begins on Page 210 of this book. Joe was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery. The stories of all these soldiers are amazing. What they sacrafice to keep us safe and free. A must read book for every American. God Bless all the Men and Women who serve this great country. My daughter(Joe's wife) also serves in the US Army. I Thank Joe for his strength and courage to come back to us. Denise Doyle
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dissapointed on December 10, 2010
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In the past 5 months I have read 11 books on Special Operations/CIA missions in Iraq/Afghanistan and beyond including: Jawbreaker, Horse Soldiers, Lone Survivor, Ghost Wars, None Braver, State of War, Down Range, Not a Good Day to Die, Desperate Lands and others. Where all of the aforementioned books provide detailed accounts of missions, the experiences of those involved and a balanced perspective on the environment in which they occurred, Mr. North's book manages to achieve none of this.

Mr. North asserts in the introduction of his book that he cannot provide detail of the events described (many of which are extensively covered in other books) because of the secretive nature of said operations. This is difficult to reconsile given the extensive coverage elsewhere which has been vetted/approved by the relevant agencies/commands. Additionally, much of the writing reads like the "light" coverage the reader would experience from watching a broadcast of Fox News, CNN, etc. The reader is left questioning how much work Mr. North put into the book with respect to actually interviewing the participants of the events he covers versus repurposing previously published accounts/summarizing of the citations associated with the medals awarded to these elite warriors.

Where the description and reviews of this book are glowing, for anyone who has a keen interest of learning about and understanding the world in which these true American hero's operate will be sorely disappointed. I would recommend any of the books mentioned above as far superior in terms of writing, description and understanding of the subject matter.
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