The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of U.S. Warfare

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Citadel Press, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 308 pages
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In this authoritative, in-depth account, military author and historian James F. Dunnigan uncovers the fascinating evolution of the world's deadliest warriors, from skilled prehistoric hunters, through Stoss Truppen', British SAS, Russia's Spetnaz, the Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrols of the Vietnam War, antiterrorism commandos, SWAT teams, and the commando wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. With brilliant analysis and gripping descriptions, Dunnigan explores the minds, methods and decisive battles of elite forces. This inside look shows the way warfare has changed forever.'
 

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A leading U. S. military analyst offers a timely and useful survey of the history of special operations. Dunnigan (How to Make War; The Next War Zone; etc.) claims a history for commando missions ... Read full review

Contents

Send Me Your Best Men i
1
Commandos Through History
14
Raiders Guerrillas and Peacemakers
63
Commandos
79
Elite Troops
108
Shadow Wars and the Threat
143
Special Forces and Vietnam
161
Spetsnaz and Sappers
190
The Afghan Way of War
207
Timeline for the Taliban Takedown
213
Casualties
220
Task Force 11 and the Commando Olympics
226
Bombing Afghanistan with Information
233
The Perfect Soldiers
242
Index
299
Copyright

The First Commando
200

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James F. Dunnigan has written more than 100 books and articles about warfare and diplomacy. A resident of New York City, he is a military analyst for MSNBC and has been a consultant to the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College.

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