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The United States Marine Corps has a rich tradition of special operations, from World War II’s famed Marine Raiders and Para Marines to Korea and Vietnam’s legendary Marine Force Recon companies. Indeed, when Navy underwater demolition teams, the direct predecessors to the SEALs, performed the preinvasion reconnaissance of Iwo Jima, recon Marines were part of the mission. But when U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was created in 1987 in the wake of the abortive Desert One hostage rescue mission, the Marines did not join in. Spec ops on land, sea, and air were covered by the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Corps felt it needed to keep its top warriors with its conventional forces.
 
In the post-9/11 world, however, the need for special operations forces dramatically increased. With the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2006, Marines officially became part of USSOCOM. Initially drawn from the ranks of Force Recon companies, these highly skilled and combat-proven Leathernecks joined their spec ops brethren in taking the war to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in America’s global war on terrorism. 
 
MARSOC’s mission is to win wars before they begin, taking combat beyond the frontlines. When America needs to respond to aggression in distant lands, the call comes to send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are special operations Marines are already there.

About the Author

Fred Pushies has skimmed across the waves with SEALs in an eighty-two-foot-long Mark V Special Operations craft, flown at treetop level with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and crunched through the brush with Force Recon Marines. He's the author of more than a dozen books about US special ops and several Zenith Press titles, including MARSOC: US Marine Corps Special Operations Command and Night Stalkers: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Pushies lives in Westland, Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (November 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G Man on January 23, 2012
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This book was dissapointing. As I former member of Marine Force Recon I was expecting a detailed accounting of our standards, history, training, and past missions. Instead this book covers all those areas in about three pages. It is heavy into pictures and command structure and comparisons in structure with other special forces type groups. The crux of really interesting information could have been released as a pamphlet. If you don't like to read and just like to look at some cool pictures, this book is for you. If you know anything at all about Marine Recon you will not learn anything new here. This is one of those books you eventually find in a big pile for 75 cents along with other "picture books" with no real substance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Gilchrist on April 18, 2012
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This book is more of a overview of what MARSOC does and can do.

I was actually looking for something more like a detailed history of Marine SO. This was not. I will not recommend this for anyone looking for the history of such operations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2012
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Interesting book, very good information, not for casual reading
but for anyone who is interested in the MARINE CORPS as it
evolves into the new(?) small(?) conflict warfare role, it shows the
weapons and other gear in use.
Being a proud Marine who served years ago and carried a BAR, I found
it informative and interesting.
A very good reference book.
(P.A.) Tony Bergan
1956-1960
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Roberts on December 21, 2012
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As a former Marine and current US History teacher (both High School and College) this is a good "nuts-and-bolts" book to get an overview of the equipment and some of the selection and training of our newest generation of supreme warriors. There is a very good "30,000 foot level" synopsis of how MARSOC came about as new SPECOP units were formed and strategically where the USMC now fits in the SPECOP community. The history section on previous generations of Marines like Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and USMC special forces types as seen in Colonel "Red Mike" Edson give a superior picture of the pride generated by United States Marines. Respectfully submitted, K L Roberts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack L Hurd II on January 11, 2013
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If you are interested in it;s development and setting up the command system, then this is the book for you. If you are interested in their accomplishments and actions in the battle space, look for a different book. There is very little in this book as far as actual operations that have been declassified. It is basically designed around the development and structure of the command system of the Marine Spec Ops group.
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By P. Walters on March 2, 2013
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This was what I wanted. I wanted to find out what I could about MARSOC, and this book was very instructional. I didn't score it a 5 star because it was a hard read. There was no story line to make it interesting, and reading about all the different weapons, and equipment, while informative, was a little like reading a text book. All in all, I recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the Marines' new unit.
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By Johnny waffle on January 24, 2014
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Very informal. Hoping to expand my career and peruse MARSOC one day. Highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about MARSOC
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By Alexander Infante on December 7, 2013
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This is a great book full of information that is not available elsewhere. It details everything about MARSOC from the history of the Raiders and Force Recon, to the structure of MARSOC, details every small arms weapon used by MARSOC, and much more. This is a great, highly informative book.
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