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Beyond Hell and Back: How America's Special Operations Forces Became the World's Greatest Fighting Unit

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An inside look at seven of the most harrowing and significant Special Operations missions ever.

Courage beyond reason. Loyalty beyond faith. Perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity. These are just some of the qualities of the members of the U.S. Special Operation Forces. BEYOND HELL AND BACK details the seven defining Special Ops missions that have made the Speci
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Terri
I started out giving this 4 stars. I am not sure why exactly I pulled it back to three. I suppose as I write this review I will be able to bring clarity to my thoughts on this book. As sometimes, you don't quite know what your feelings are on a book until you start to talk about it/write about it.

The book was very well researched. Impeccably so. I have to commend the authors for compiling such small and finite details. And then for managing to pull them together to give the reader a clearer awar
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Seven Escobar
A fairly well written and detailed look into the world of special operations and operators. Detailing not only the successes, but also the challenges faced, from World War II to Iraq by the American forces of unconventional warfare.

The writing style is a little curious though, every darn chapter starts with the outcome, and then goes back through the set-up of the actual operation.

This book isn't particularly moto in it's presentation of situations either, so don't expect a lot of oorah!
Kevin
Jan 19, 2009 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an excellent book. it gives histories of seven game-changing special ops missions in a detailed, interesting fashion. pretty much the only problem is some language, just so you know. excellent reading!
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Informative.
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Not what I expected. It was a series of short stories regarding special forces missions.
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DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN has written extensively on military-history subjects for American Heritage, the Naval Institute Press, Vietnam Magazine, and numerous military-themed publications. He has adapted children’s versions of books by distinguished authors such as James McPherson and Simon Winchester. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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