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

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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YLWXEY
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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 non-fiction book is Modern American Snipers: From the Legend to the Reaper -- On the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers (St. Martin's Press, 2014).

The first episode of his new project -- Engines of Extinction, a monthly episodic espionage/military science fiction series created in collaboration with leading concept artist Ben Mauro -- was released on March 10, 2015.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chris Martin is primarily a motor-sports journalist, but he has recently turend his research focus on America's premier Special Mission Units (SMU), Delta Force and Seal Team 6 (ST6). Here he takes a look at the original such unit, Delta Force, the foundational force around which Joint Special Operations Command was built. In many ways this is a smaller, more narrowly focused look at a unit than was attempted in The Command, a book on JSOC by Marc Ambinder. The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army (Kindle Single) First, it is important to focus on his methodology. Martin's writing is primarily a open-source intelligence (OSINT) project. He aggregates and accumulates a vast amount of articles that have been written by others, and cites them religiously throughout. He intersperses his own brief analysis and thoughts in the writing, but adds little new or original.

There are several things that I feel are not fully fleshed out and addressed in the book, which keep me from giving it 5 stars. Organization, training, equipment, and quality of life for families and operators are all topics on which the reader will not learn much new. All these are topics which can be touched upon without revealing tactics, techniques, or procedures (TTP's) that would place operators in danger. Everything Martin uses has been previously published, and so he does not tread new ground in anything he covers. However, his analysis is missing in exploring deeper on what this can mean, and what people should take away from it.
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