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Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces (Commanders)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  982 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Now, Carl Stiner --- the second commander of SOCOM, the U.S. Special Operations Command --- and Tom Clancy trace the transformation of the Special Forces from the small core of outsiders of the 1950s, through the cauldron of Vietnam, to the rebirth of the SF in the late 1980s and 1990s, and on into the new century as the bearer of the largest, most mixed, and most complex ...more
Paperback, 548 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Berkley (first published February 4th 2002)
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Fairly interesting but unfocused,superficial, and poorly researched. This book apparently has three authors, that should give you fair warning.
Supposedly a history of US special operations forces, this book is pretty much a dry biography of Carl Stiner, and not very substantive. It is also splattered with huge maps, bulleted lists and what appear to be massive interview excerpts.
Some portions are poorly researched;he calls CAS "combat air support" while the correct term is "close air support." H
Katie Cross
This book was all right, but very unfocused.

Supposedly it was about the Special Forces, but it should probably be re-titled as a loose biography on Carl Stiner. His time in the SF teams/groups was limited once he promoted out, and from there, it's more of a detailed, historical narrative on several major battles since then.

Overall, I was not impressed. This book in no way achieved the objective it claimed over Special Forces. Maybe if the aim was altered to something more like an overall SOF foc
Rambo Yearone
I dont like Clancy's pen when he writes about real special forces.
He makes them look like invincible, fearless war machines ... And there's nothing more far from reality.
Ever special forces soldiers know that feeling invincible is the faster way ... To find a sudden death.
Anyway, I read this book to write about special forces, and found it really useful.
Tom Schulte
This book ends basically on the eve of the The War in Afghanistan, so it may seem out of date. However, as a work of history it is interesting and enlightening. Clancy and insider Steiner take us through the history of U.S. special forces from inforomal, one-off Jedburgh teams of WW II to increasing formalization reaching an acme in the Vietnam War with Rangers and Green Berets. Marginalized and continued to be seen as adjuncts to regular infnatry, etc., these units lose ffectiveness, prepararat ...more
Bookworm Amir
Too detailed later.

It really runs more like General Carl Stiner's personal autobiography in more ways that once.

Yes eh talks about the military but most of the time there are no special forces talk (such as when talking about Lebanon - I was expecting him to give a more deeper account of what happened on that day when the Marines got bombed), but no, it was just a story about him and some politics of Lebanon.

The beginning of the book was alright, it talked about the history of the Special Forces
This is one of those cases where I wish I could give half a star for 2 1/2 but that not being the case it gets two. As a historical record this book is fine as a historical narrative it leaves much to be desired. In a well justified effort to pay homage to the people who lay much on the line for the protection of the USA Clancy mentions those people he can when he can, but shows no editing skills, mentioning almost anyone and everyone who may even enter the room for a moment, leaving the reader ...more
Supposedly a book about the Special Forces, this is really more a military biography of General Carl Stiner. Stiner's spent a lot of time commanding SF, but also a lot of time in the "regular" Army, and there are long stretches of the book that concern his non-SF experiences, particularly in Vietnam, Lebanon and Panama. Still, he's led an interesting career, and there are some good insights into how military command and operations function and the things commanders have to think about, both in a ...more
Shadow Warriors is the best Tom Clancy book I've read yet. It provides amazing input into how the Special Forces we have today came to be the way they are. It also has a lot of personal information on the inside of the Special Forces- provided by Carl Stiner. It starts with the very first Special operation in World War II and tells stories up through history like Panama, Lebanon, and the Gulf War. You won't get a this well written book about Special Forces anywhere else.
Tom Clancy's Shadow Warriors: Inside The Special Forces is a really good action book, for all yall Tom clancy fans out there. The is about 53 Americans that were being held captive, and a special team of agents (know as the shadow warriors) go to a different country to find the hostages, and make sure that the enemy does not use this special type of oil that could be used to destory America.
David Ward
Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces by Tom Clancy with General Carl Stiner (G.P.Putnam’s Sons 1998)(356.16). (Carl Stiner is from Knoxville)! Tom Clancy traces the arc of the Special Forces from a small band of outsiders in Vietnam to the incredible fast-striking special assignment seeking force it has become. My rating: 4.5/10, finished 1999.
May 09, 2007 Johnny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military and history
This non fiction account of the birth and growth of the "black ops" folks is an eyeopener for anyone.

While we have all heard of the Green berets, we often don't understand the full scope of their work, which is less bullets and more about beans.

What was most interesting was the creation of "talking points" during the Gulf War. Sound familiar Fox News fans?
Quaid Matthews
I thought it was very interesting book, but it was a slow read most of the time. I always enjoy reading a good Tom Clancy book to learn about war, he just gets it when it comes to describing war zones. His details are also very graphic. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the special forces of our country and what they do.
Darren Sapp
While Tom Clancy has achieved success for fiction, this work of non-fiction is deserving of the same kudos. This is a very good overview of the special operations idea but is fairly specific to army special forces mainly due to co-author and former special operations general, Carl Stiner. Delta Force and Green Beret fans will love it.
The book was very honest, in that the generals and other officers in it admitted their mistakes. However, I found myself a bit bored reading it... aside from some of the training and combat sequences, there was a lot of emphasis on planning and politics that could have probably been better shown rather than told.
Dio Aufa Handoyo
SF journey from formation by Bill Yarborough to integration with USSOCOM, with heavy focus on Gen. Carl Stiner's experiences. Not very streamlined, but still an interesting nonfiction to learn about SF roles in Panama and the Gulf War. Wish it's possible to give it 3 1/2 stars.
I picked this up to learn a bit more about Special Forces, in light of the Bin Laden raid. This is a pretty good introduction to Special Operations/Forces, with enough history and exmples to make it an interesting read.
Brian Rast
You thought he just wrote fiction. This is non-fiction that presents what's clandestine ops really are about. You need to understand why this is important in this age, if you don't know already. Good read.
A great insight into the operations of Army Special Forces. Gave me understanding that their operations were much more than guts and glory. Much politics and planning go into each operation.
This non-fiction book gives a very good history of the various special operations units of the US Armed Forces. There is also a good narrative of actual operations and what went wrong or right.
Colleen Crocker
My dad is mentioned briefly in this book, and I can't help but love it because it's true and good account of the lives of SF ops and keep his memory alive. It makes me so proud of his work.
All my ideas about special forces turned out to be wrong. Very informative although the story is told from a historical perspective. Do not expect too much technical details.
John Moss
This book opened a whole new world of unconventional warfare and military history to me. A really great book on special forces from WWII and beyond.
Factual reading. Interesting details. Not a life changer. If you are into military history and especially special ops its worth a look.
This was a cool Tom Clancy because it is non-fiction and all about the history/job of the US special forces. They are bad-a.
Brad Waldmsith
I'm currently re-reading this book. It's one of my favorite non-fiction books that Tom Clancy ever wrote.
Special Forces. Hoo-rah et al. But way too much detail for me. Otherwise OK.
Bryan Bridges
Good primer on America's Special Operations Forces.
Tough work. I will stick to preaching and teaching.
Gabriel Joseph
informative. for any military enthusiast.
An excellent picture of the special ops services
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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

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