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Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
He has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award and is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America.
As a speaker, he hosts the lecture series "Hal Moore: Lessons in Leadership," which is available for presentation at schools, businesses, and civic organizations worldwide. Mike Guardia has given presentations at the US Special Operations Command and the International Spy Museum. His work has been reviewed in the Washington Times, Armchair General, ARMY Magazine, DefenceWeb South Africa, and Miniature Wargames UK.
He holds a BA and MA in American History from the University of Houston. He currently lives in Texas.
Top Customer Reviews
This country has too many unsung and underappreciated war veterans. Books like this need to be written so that their stories don't die with them. Overall, this book was a very satisfying read. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the leaders of our early Special Forces.
Uninspired writing, no historical perspective. Save your money.
One of those men who went on to become giants in the US Army SF community include Donald Blackburn.
I cannot recommend this book any higher for those wishing to learn about the little known guerilla operations against the Japanese during the dark days of WWII.
I only hope that someday the story of Blackburn's career post WWII reaches open source mass media.
A great resource of ad hoc American guerilla warfare operations in WWII.
Several items of interest were detailed in this biography. Don's involvement with the Igorot tribesmen, more specifically the Ifugao Headhunters, and their merciless, barbaric dealings with the Japanese are graphically portrayed, (in print that is), ie. decapitating Japanese soldiers and their sympathizers with their prized and somewhat cherished bolo-bolo knives . Additionally his dealings with the "longhairs", a Filipino rouge guerrilla band that Blackburn and his Ifugao warriors convinced to work with the allies. Talk about conflict resolution... by "convincing" this rouge group of opportunist to work with him, the local Filipino people now had a horse to bet on. This triumph in it's own right helped garner 22,000 men and women to fight against the Japanese invaders.Read more ›
However this book is just an accumulation of meetings
in many remote towns in the Philippenes with references
to names that were constantly repeated and had little
reference to the total story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you were a paratrooper this is a must read, if you were a Ranger you must read, and of course if you were a Special Forces Soldier you must read too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dala K. Campbell
In his book, Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn—Guerilla Leader and Special Forces Hero, Mike Guardia traces the life and career of a man who played pivotal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cornhusker
I have one of his uniforms and purchased this book to compliment my collection. It is really the BEST biography on General Blackburn that is in print. Highly recomendedPublished 2 months ago by Michael Milliman
Donald Blackburn joins the army and starts his tour of duty in the Philippines just before the Japanese attack. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronald M. Camp
I received a prepublication copy of this book (November 24, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Casey Wheeler
I couldn't put this book down. I understand everyone has different tastes but anyone giving this less than 3 or 4 stars either has a political agenda or simply doesn't enjoy a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Math geek
Awesome story, about an extraordinary man. Definitely worth the time it takes to read.Published 9 months ago by LoD
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