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“Some action vignettes from [Special Forces] roots in WWII and Vietnam rival Clancy fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“The plethora of insider history and firsthand operation specifics…will please the historically minded.”—Publishers Weekly

 

About the Author

Tom Clancy is the author of twelve novels, most recently, Red Rabbit and The Bear and the Dragon, and the co-author of the Commanders books Into the Storm and Every Man a Tiger. He is also the co-author of the nonfiction series that includes Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, Airborne, Carrier, and Special Forces, and the co-creator of the Op-Center, Power Plays, and Net Force series.

General Carl Stiner, now retired, was commander in chief of SOCOM from 1990 to 1993, and previously spent a large part of his career as commander of many of the nation's preeminent contingency strike forces, such as the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command. Among the missions with which he was involved are the Achille Lauro hostage rescue, the invasion of Panama, and operations during Desert Storm.

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Product Details

  • Series: Commander Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425188310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425188316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T Newman on March 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book fails to live up to its title - Inside the Special Forces. First, it isn't about SF, its about Special Operations. Second, it isn't Inside anything - its a poorly researched and poorly resourced piece that fails to offer any new material on Special Operations other than some barely believable anecdotes of several retired general officers (come on, Mr. Clancy, we all know Sergeant Majors tell the best stories...).
Before and during my 16 year career with the Army and the Special Forces, I have enjoyed Tom Clancy's novels and respected his deep understanding of modern warfare. Unfortunately, this hardly extends to the supposed subject of this book, Special Forces. It is quite obvious that Mr. Clancy made the most minimal contribution to this book, both in concept and writing. In my opinion, Clancy's name is on the cover to sell copies.
Clancy's co-author, General Carl Stiner, appears to have done a little more work. Unfortunately, while Stiner's record is full of high-profile jobs, including the Commander in Chief of Special Operations Command, he fails to provide more than a few superficial anecdotes to a number of special operations missions that have been told and re-told in far greater detail by other authors.
As an example of Stiner's failure to provide substantive information on Special Forces, the book takes two chapters, nearly 100 pages, to give a totally misleading account of one of the military's most-poorly led and executed invasions, that of Panama in 1989. While there are plenty of details on Stiner's relation to the XVIII Airborne Corps, there is very little information on Special Forces training, planning, or execution. Even the details on conventional units (why they are even mentioned in this book is incomprehensible) are misleading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't pretend to know much about U.S. Special Forces...precisely the reason I purchased this book. Having now read it, I continue to feel I know very little about this subject. While I've never been a Clancy fan and have the utmost respect for General Stiner and his work and sacrifices for our country and its foreign "relations," I walked away from this book feeling like the title was very much a misnomer. While the stories in the book are interesting in and of themselves, they failed to paint any cognizable picture of Special Forces operations I might have hoped to gain.
For any novice, like myself, interested in learning about the Special Forces (i.e. all the U.S.'s Special Forces) I would recommend looking elsewhere.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Far be it from me to say that Tom Clancy's writing (his "Guided Tour" series, his "Commanders" series, etc.) has become formulaic. But while his earlier book with Chuck Horner, "Every Man a Tiger," was described to me as one of the best looks yet at air combat in the (first) Gulf War, this title struck me as much longer than it needed to be and at times more than a little dull.
Like Clancy's other "Commanders" co-authors, General Carl Stiner is a fascinating guy with a lot of interesting stories to tell (or, at least, stories that would probably be interesting to typical Tom Clancy readers). In this book, however, his autobiography is combined with a history of the US Army special operations units (the subtitle of this book is "Inside the Special Forces," but this book is mostly an Army affair), a look at modern Special Forces tools and training, and more. The level of detail is frequently numbing, and I often found myself skimming, or skipping entire pages to get to the end of the story being told.
Readers looking to get a better understanding of how special forces units operate, while still getting a good dose of Clancy's military-techno prose would probably do better to star with his "Guided Tour" book "Special Forces." Then, if you're really into true-life stories and even greater detail, come to this title. But if you're not interested in, or ready for, nearly six hundred pages of reminiscences, you can probably do without it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Energizer on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first opened this book I really didn't know what to expect. I've read many other Tom Clancy fiction and non-fiction books and have enjoyed them.
This book felt like a clutter reading it. It didn't seem organized and just seemed a bit half-done. I was fairly disappointed on how it was written but still all the information was useful and left me a bit satisfied.
This book isn't for someone who wants to be introduced to America's Special Forces unit and what they do and their nature, but this book is for people who already have and enjoy a knowing knowledge of America's military.
The contents are very accurate historically of course as most non-fiction books, but this definitely shows a raw side of SF in which msot books don't show; that not all missions have the greatest outcome.
This book can be read with some satisfaction to some, but it is not one that I would come and recommend much about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rodney W. Cogbill on May 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Tom Clancy seems to write non-fiction as well as he does fiction. This look into the Special Operations units of the U.S. military is a fascinating read and anyone who enjoys such topics will enjoy this. However, there was one problem. Too much of it is not really about Special Ops. While the stories about Lebanon and the career of General Carl Stiner (Retired) are interesting, especially the Lebanon one, they are in no way stories about our Special Ops forces. Not to say that those stories are not present, because some are and they are what the whole book should be about. Overall, though, most who enjoy the true-life adventures contained in our military history will certainly find this a worthy purchase. I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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