Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces

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PublicAffairs, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 388 pages
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A journalist with unique access tells the gripping, never-before-told, inside story of America's elite troops in action--from the nadir of their reputation after Vietnam to their preeminence today as the frontline against terrorism around the world Special Forces soldiers are brave, seasoned soldiers from America's heartland, selected in a tough competition and trained in an extraordinary range of skills. They know the language, culture and rules of unconventional warfare better than anyone, including the CIA. They prefer to stay out of the limelight, but author Linda Robinson has found a way inside their special brotherhood and gained their trust. In Masters of Chaos, she tells their story through the experiences of a select group of commandos whose careers and missions exemplify heroism and mystique. Meet Rawhide, Colonel Charlie, Colonel Kevin, Captain Z, Wildman, Warren and Pete-and be grateful they are on your side. Robinson follows the Forces from their post-Vietnam resurrection through Panama, El Salvador, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Balkans, and culminates with their recent trials and triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Iraq, she was the only reporter in the western des

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My thoughts about special forces have changed in reading this book. The many stories of how special forces are deployed gave me a new perspective on all of the work that they do. Reactions to this ... Read full review

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Linda Robinson is a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report.

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