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Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 [Kindle Edition]

Chris Martin
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Book Description

While the raid that killed Osama bin Laden cemented SEAL Team Six as the American military's reluctant media darling, a broader look at the Global War on Terror suggests that it's been the Army's Delta Force that has quietly spearheaded the most ambitious special operations campaign in modern history.

Formerly a highly trained but seldom used tool in America's arsenal, over the past decade 'the Unit' has been unleashed on the nation's enemies the world over. In SHAPING THE WORLD FROM THE SHADOWS the post-9/11 activities of Delta Force have finally been assembled and put into context, providing a wide-ranging look into the staggering secret history of the world's leading special operations force in their defining hour.

"Chris Martin has written an astonishing account of special operations activities around the globe. Someone at the Pentagon should check for any missing keys..." - D.B. Grady, co-author of THE COMMAND: DEEP INSIDE THE PRESIDENT'S SECRET ARMY

"Chris does an amazing job compiling open source information about this often misunderstood special operations unit, a job that journalists and researchers should have done a long time ago. Delta Force is one of the most secretive organizations in the U.S. military but by aggregating information from dozens of sources Chris has put together a big picture that will give readers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at this unit. For sure this is just a small sampling of what is really going on behind the curtain, but until these missions are declassified, this is the best information you are likely to find on the topic." - Jack Murphy, former Ranger and Special Forces Sergeant


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  • Language: English
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Chris does an amazing job compiling open source information about this often misunderstood special operations unit, a job that journalists and researchers should have done a long time ago. Delta Force is one of the most secretive organizations in the U.S. military but by aggregating information from dozens of sources Chris has put together a big picture that will give readers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at this unit. For sure this is just a small sampling of what is really going on behind the curtain, but until these missions are declassified, this is the best information you are likely to find on the topic.

-Jack Murphy, author of Reflexive Fire
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Job July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Very impressive that Mr. Martin was able to put this together with open source material. The way I see it, is that Chris here did hours worth of researching and vetting of sources so that I didn't have to. So to the folks who are upset with the relatively small body that makes up Chris's article/pamphlet, I offer this: The world of CAG/SOFD-D is shadowy for a reason; the operational security of the unit dictates that modern/contemporary knowledge of the unit's mission and tactics be at least a few years behind and that past missions be left fairly ambiguous so that members of this storied unit can continue to operate at a highly-effective level. The insight that Chris provides is not only secure for the operators but also secure for the reader and therefore, a solid resource for those "not-in-the-know". Pay the .99 cents because the knowledge you garner is worth more than that. Period.

Excellent research Mr. Martin! If you like this bit here you can read more of Chris Martin at SOFREP.com where his articles continue to be thoroughly researched, vetted and provide much information to all (that is the opinion of this reviewer). DISCLAIMER: The only vestment I have in Chris Martin's success is to read more of his work. Other than that I do not know any more about him than what he chooses to write about, so save the "paid advertisement" accusations for someone else. Compliments aren't always used to get something from somebody, they're occasionally used to congratulate as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little light on the shadows May 1, 2012
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This collection pieces together many instances that are open sourced, although shadowy. After all most of the Operations the boys from Bragg take on are not meant to initially see the light of day. Well put together the author did his homework and research and makes it easy for fans of such operations and provides new info to people who were in the AO and heard "rumours" of whos work it really was. Excellent, its worth it.
You can see some of Chris's work on SOFREP.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars with the right set of expectations. December 22, 2012
By Di
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If you are interested in learning about how we have conducted our special forces wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or want to read footnoted and referenced information about Delta Force, this is an excellent book. The references were great because they show what sources and research back up the text. On my Kindle I could even click on much of the footnotes and read them "real-time".
If you are looking for something that reads like a novel, or want to read about specific battles or "operations" in detail then you may be disappointed. However, for the price, if you have any interest in this topic I strongly urge you to give this book a try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have reference July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I would have gladly paid $10 for this read. Great reference document for those that want to know as much as possible about 1st SFOD-D. Chris Martin weaves together multiple open source incidents into one readable well referenced document. It would take an individual well over a hundred dollars and over 40 hours of reading to gather all this information (assuming you knew where to look). I've read just about every reference Chris Martin cited and I still learned some things and remembered quite a few I forgot. Must have for any serious student of JSOC. Wish this came in a bound publication.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer on Delta Force July 13, 2012
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A lot of information in the 50 or so pages ... if you're not quite up to speed, it does a great job of getting you there in an easy-to-read format. If you are up to speed, the sourced info has never quite been compiled in this way before. A great quick reference document.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info source January 1, 2013
By travis
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Good info source for an overview, but not a book by any means. Would be considered a long article by most.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good December 9, 2012
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This book is not very long but it does have a lot of useful information in it. It pretty much tells you everything you want to know about Delta Force. Read it if you have time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gives insight on Special Operations. Not everyone is interested in war. I enjoying reading these operations.
Published 16 days ago by Seek
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It really wasn't what I expected. Not really any new information.
Published 25 days ago by Michael Reebals
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very insightful reading.
Published 1 month ago by Sean Carrothers
2.0 out of 5 stars You pay for what you get ....
I don't normally write reviews but this book is probably worth 99 cents. That's about it. Nothing you couldn't find just reading open info on the internet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat informative.
This answers some of the questions people have been asking. Such as, "Where is the Unit?" Delta is super secret and should remain so. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chad Willis
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your cash
This book contains nothing you cannot find with some open source searching and a decent level of Google-fu.
Published 2 months ago by James F. Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book but I have read better.
A good book on Delta Force and other JSOC units. Also spot lights General McCrystal a great General who was screwed by Rolling Stone magazine.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was an educational read about America's, "Ghost Warrior". May their hunting continue successfully, and their casualties be minimal! Thank you for your sacrifices.
Published 3 months ago by Pedro
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Good book
Published 3 months ago by Bart Rush
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting work especially considering he only used open sources.
Published 3 months ago by Mark David Hanna
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More About the Author

Journalist Chris Martin has covered the motorsports world since the late '90s. More recently, he's expanded his focus to include coverage of special operations and writing science fiction.

His latest book is Modern American Snipers: From the Legend to the Reaper -- On the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers (St. Martin's Press, 2014).

Chris is also the author of Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 and Beyond Neptune Spear: The (Open) Secret History of SEAL Team Six, Post-9/11.

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