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American Heroes in Special Operations Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent descriptions of combat situations. I was surprised by how badass the Army Rangers operate. There some really compelling stories within the pages of this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NiceGuy
Well written with exciting stories of the brave people in the different branches of Special Operations.Published 8 months ago by SC_Sammy
More of a coffee table book, but there are some excellent stories in it due to North being embedded with American troops while reporting for Fox News.Published 8 months ago by Honest Reviewer
Not a particularly well written book, but more of a summary of newspaper articles with some insight. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ricko