From Hell Week to hell on earth, they go where no one else dares, kill with precision, and pull of daring attack, rescue, and reconnaissance missions. What kind of man becomes a secret warrior - a Navy SEAL, Delta Force ranger, Army Green Beret, or Air Force special op pilot?
For the first time, veteran Newsweek reporter Douglas Waller takes you inside this secret, elite wo...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Dell
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Despite being just about 20 years old (at the time of this review) The Commandos offers a fascinating look inside some of America's top special forces, their training and operations that they've carried out. Some of the material within the book, regarding the training of special forces such as the Army's Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Air Force Special Operations pilots, and Delta Force truly helps to elucidate precisely what it is each unit specializes in and what their capabilities are. Furthermore...more
Considering that I read the book over 15 years after it's publication and most of it's content was based on facts that were considered top secret back then, it was still a very good read. Much of the content has been widely covered since then through video means and broadcasted on the military channel, but reading the book helped to clear up specifics that were not important enough to be mentioned in the short time slots of television programming. The author did a great job of keeping the boring...more
If you want to understand how our various Special Operations Forces are trained, this is an excellent book. He covers all the services. It is a bit of an outside looking in view. I always found the hardest training was the most mentally challenging. Nothing can quite compare to the Robin Sage exercise of the last phase of the Special Forces Qualification Course. Constantly being put in Lose-Lose situations is indeed a challenge.
A bit dated (given its publication) but a very interesting look into the US special forces groups and their training/selection processes. Also included is first hand accounts from various members of their action in the first Gulf War.