- File Size: 1105 KB
- Print Length: 54 pages
- Publication Date: April 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007YLWXEY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 Kindle Edition
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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. With writers like Dalton Fury using their own background in SMU's to bring out books, and Navy SEAL's once again flooding the market with their own propaganda, there are resources out there that a journalist like Martin can reach to tap into. This project appears to have occured entirely behind a screen.
However, he does a great job of outlining how Delta has influenced American policy choices, and how the unit leads the army in development of TTP's. He goes through the development of the industrial killing machine that decapitated the Iraqi insurgency, and then turned its focus towards Afghanistan and beyond. He does a great job of teasing out what may or may not have happened on several recent missions attributed to the unit, and spends a bit of time looking forward. Overall, this is a tremendous effort in collecting information, vetting it, and then editing it together with some analysis to produce a concise history of a unit that avoids the limelight at all costs. This is why I believe everybody should support Martin's efforts by spending the dollar to buy this book. It is well worth the quick read.
You can see some of Chris's work on SOFREP.com
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!
If you do not have these books, then "Shaping the World from the Shadows" is ideal for you.
Please note that My Review is based on the fact that I collect Hard Cover books regarding U.S. Military History.
Ofcourse if you are interested in the history of the unit, you should look somewhere else. But as I said, if you want to have relatively accurate idea about last decade of Delta, don't look anywhere else and just support Chris by clicking on "buy".