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No Room for Error: The Covert Operations of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran To Afghanistan

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“John Carney is one of the few heroes I have.”
–LT. COL. L. H. “BUCKY” BURRUSS, USA (Ret.)
Founding member and Deputy Commander of Delta Force

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite “special tactics” team in the late 1970s to work in conjunction with special-operations forces combating terrorists and hijackers and defusing explosive international emergencies, J
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published November 2001)
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Don Weidinger
15times deadly, months to liberate, dirty bomb, AFbrandX, short helicopter and moved Carter support 21errors poor intel, Granada another prep key to evolving, simplicity security surprise repetition speed purpose, Panama another significant improvement and first major success, neutralize scuds, Bosnia, comfort Kurds as done 6-8 times Cambodia and others, Somalia, Haiti, never start a job the locals can’t finish, scholarships for children, not great at predicting wars, began with 6 in 77 now 7 sq ...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
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Lucas
The author alternates from autobiographical sections to sections covering special operations training and then actual missions. As the book moves forward, each account uses the first person less than the last, which I think indicates the authors increasing remove from the events he describes: as far as I could tell the later sections could have been a summary of his reading of the book Black Hawk Down, or of Wikipedia entries on Afghanistan. It's kind of pointless to write a book like this witho ...more
Jason
The most apt description of this is: detailed. Unfortunately, a lot of the detail goes into listing the people and units that were involved in aspects, and less on what happened. For example, there was probably more detail spent on the people involved in the Mogadishu incident (around 10 pages of the book) than Mark Bowden's entire Black Hawk Down. What's lost is the personality and the sense of understanding about the people.

This book provides a good description of how the Special Tactics unit
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Brian Hans
This is a completely unadulterated account - from genesis onward - of the USAF's special tactics unit, by one of the "quiet professionals" who shaped it into what it is today. It's a great insight to the politics of the military and the "tip of the spear" operations in everything from Iran (the Desert One hostage rescue) to Afghanistan, including Grenada, TWA 847, Panama, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia (the Blackhawk Down scenario), and Haiti. The author maintains a charity scholarship fo ...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
...more
Tom Schulte
In the part where Desert Storm is being recounted, blithely the author remarks that soldiers on the ground in Iran took out an oil tanker truck with a "light anti-tank weapon they had on the handlerbars of their motorcycles." They were speeding around the desert with handlebar-mounted anti-tank weapons? Awesome!

More roots of special tactics stories with revealing details fill this book. Desert One and Urgent Fury, the invasion of Granada, make up the bulk of the history. However, therein lies t
...more
Chad
The first few chapters were very interesting, and the book was good overall, but is in serious need of better editing. Those without a strong military background will likely become confused and inundated with all the facts and excess information thrown at them. There are some great stories here, they just need a good editor to help bring them out.
Cindy
May 05, 2011 Cindy rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This book read like a military report. I found it fasinating to have the author, a former Red Berret, reveal the lack of communication between these special unit forces. Very timely read for me given the recent assination of Bin Ladden by the Navey Seals.
Terry
This book have great insights into special ops and how far we've come from very botched assignments that had a lot of "lipstick" put on them! There's a lot of detail here, but it was rather fascinating.
Mark Peterson
Explains the early days of Special Ops -- with some great stories from an Air Force perspective.
Brian Rueger
I had heard about what a "cluster *$" Grenada was, no I have it nearly first hand.
Andrew
The history and a good overview of where my job came from, from the man who started it.
Rex Fuller
Excellent history of little known units.
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