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Shadow Warriors: Inside The Special Forces (Commander Series) Paperback – February 4, 2003
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Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg
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“The plethora of insider history and firsthand operation specifics…will please the historically minded.”—Publishers Weekly
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
I was looking forward to great insights on all of the Special Forces - across branches of service. I see our special forces as the most mobile, tactical answer to terrorism and was hoping to glean a better perspective of who/what/how. This is not that book.
The first few chapters take you back several decades, good start. Set up the creation of special forces groups. Talk about how they engaged in WWII. Fine. Then it becomes a play-by-play of various battles in the 70s,80s,90s without much appreciation for our global US military context. As though events around the world are distinct and our responses can be siloed. It was literally hour by hour in some cases. But, here's the rub, without actually giving away information. Disappointing. It was like watching a reality tv show, some drama, not much substance.
As another reviewer states, this one is a sanitized memoir.
Not sure Clancy even had a hand in the writing.
I've noticed a similar trend among all Clancy's co-authored offerings. Stick to Clancy written and Clancy written with (whomever) researching. This was coke zero.
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A great insight into what the special forces have done and are probably doing for us right now but we aren't supposed to know.Published 2 months ago by Theodore M. Cole
good stuff here, seldom get understanding, as well as great story lines, thanks yet againPublished 5 months ago by Bill Dykstra
I know Gen Stiner and had him autograph this book for me. A true warrior and American hero.Published 7 months ago by John E
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Lots of information on the politics and those who execute. Went a bit off the tracks in some places, but I found it useful.Published 10 months ago by Alaric
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