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Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the C.I.A., the S.A.S., and Mossad

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A hard-hitting history of special-forces operations over the past fifty years in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel
After eight challenging years in Afghanistan, the new U.S. strategy, aimed at winning hearts and minds rather than search-and-destroy, refocuses the conflict on Special Forces: unorthodox soldiers who work outside of traditional military forces to c
ebook, 496 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Pegasus Books (first published June 19th 2010)
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Sep 12, 2011 Adil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Black Ops by Tony Geraghty is a narrative about Special Forces in three Allied countries and their growing influence since the end of World War II and the Cold War. "Black Ops" represent secret government operations hidden from the public. During the Cold War there was an big increase in Black Ops due to the growing threat of a third World War and conflict between communist East and Democratic West. The United Staes, the United Kingdom, and Israel are three countries which are well known for the ...more
Kevin Johnson
Nov 18, 2013 Kevin Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly interesting book on the history of special forces through the ears. It was really interesting hearing how much of the special forces history was viewed as coming from the british special forces history, and especially around the uk's experience and failures in northern Ireland during the time of troubles. It also gave a good history of the American versions from the end of ww2 up to the present day issues in Afghanistan and Iraq. The book is pretty matter of fact on the things that happ ...more
Vincent Andersen
Jul 20, 2016 Vincent Andersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting.....there's plenty of great info here and it's well written, but if you're looking for a story-like narrative, look elsewhere.
May 04, 2014 Siddhesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for more history of Mossad. Mossad's history was merely a glance. The author championed mostly the SAS (naturally, I suppose, since the author I think is British). As well, I was confused often with the change in timelines. I preferred Eric Haney's book "Inside Delta Force".

However, attempting to write at history of the world's sf's is an unwieldy task and the effort us commendable.
Frank Pinelander
I aquired this via kindle, and I'm glad I did.

A friend brought it to my attention, as he felt it it discussed some, uh, "programs" that a mutual acquaintance was involved in.

It did, rather poorly.

The author, seems to feel he has his finger on the pulse of Special Ops. He doesn't. He is a tool.

Save your money, this tome breaks no new ground

Long Williams
Jan 31, 2013 Long Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight into a very secret world. Can't help when reading these types of books that we are just seeing the tips of the iceberg. Concentrates on US Ops mainly.
Jun 30, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read with constant detailed references. Got a bit lost at time with timeline changes. Also surprise at three typos!
May 03, 2013 Riccardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting, full of deep explanation how special forces operatates during war and diplomatic crisis. Suggested
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Tony Geraghty is a British-Irish writer and journalist. He served in the Parachute Regiment, and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his work as a military liaison officer with U.S. forces during the Gulf War (1991). He has been a journalist for The Boston Globe and was the Sunday Times Defence Correspondent in the 1970s.
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