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Fighting Dirty: The Inside Story of Covert Operations From Ho Chi Minh to Osama Bin Laden

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Recent events prove that we need to know more about terrorism and the forces designated to fight it. A foremost expert on guerrilla warfare presents, for the first time, a comprehensive investigation of covert military operations from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Among the discussions: the CIA handed out shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles "like lollipops" to Osama bin Laden ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Cassell (first published December 30th 2001)
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Don Best
Mar 31, 2015 Don Best rated it it was ok
A very rare occasion when I have to admit I gave up on a book. Not necessarily a bad book, just needs to be edited down. A very interesting topic of the history of covert operations during WWII and immediately after and how those military operations morphed into the cold war covert operations during the fight against Communist tug of war for the hearts and minds of nations world wide. An example of what I liked about the book. One of the earlier chapters tells a tragic story of operations in ...more
Freyja Vanadis
Sep 11, 2010 Freyja Vanadis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
It's slow going so far, and I mostly skipped over the first section because I can't stand the way Mr. Harclerode refers to Ukraine as "the Ukraine". That seems to be a British thing - every British author I've run across adds that unnecessary "the". Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

**update** I give up. I stopped at page 86, skimmed through the rest of the book, and then put it down. I found it to be dry as a bone and writtten in a completely uninteresting way. I'm sure there are lots of fascinati
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Eric
Apr 22, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
Really well researched, but written in an "order of battle' style that used to be popular with military history books, but is quite dry by current standards. But if you want to really understand why the democratic west won wars against totalitarianism threats in the past 70 years, and why we lost others, this is the book to read.
Gina
Jan 06, 2009 Gina rated it it was ok
A biased account of covert operations, covering the entire history beginning with early British operations all the way to the early stages of Iraq and Afghanistan. Provides an excellent view of the military's justifications for covert warfare.
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Excellent read on Special Forces operations from the mid-20th Century to the present.
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Peter Harclerode was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1967, serving in the UK, Middle East and Far East. He has also served in the SAS and the Parachute Regiment.
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