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Black ops : the rise of special forces in the C.I.A, the S.A.S, and Mossad

Author: Tony Geraghty
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Pegasus Books cloth edView all editions and formats
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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 combine secret military operations with nation building. Tony Geraghty, an expert author in this field for almost thirty years, unveils the evolution of this refined style  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Geraghty
ISBN: 1605980978 9781605980973
OCLC Number: 464580242
Description: xlix, 440 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The president's dilemma --
Delta, Desert One, and "the activity" --
Blood, oil, and dollars --
Cloak-and-dagger dons the green beret --
Plausibly deniable (and other ways into trouble) --
Joseph's coat of many disruptive patterns --
Big boys' games, big boys' rules --
A nimble, precise strategy --
Appendices. The McChrystal report on Afghanistan ; Afghanistan's narco war: breaking the link between drug traffickers and insurgents ; Tora Bora revisited: how we failed to get bin Laden and why it matters today.
Responsibility: Tony Geraghty.

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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 combine secret military operations with nation building. Tony Geraghty, an expert author in this field for almost thirty years, unveils the evolution of this refined style of war-making from its roots in anti-guerrilla warfare in Ireland and Palestine, by way of the creation of the CIA, the SAS, the Green Berets, America's Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and many others. Israel's Special Forces, including Mossad, are an organic part of the same coherent history, and their story is narrated here for the first time. This is more than a tale of derring-do, it is a sweeping examination of Black Ops at a time when they represent the future of an open-ended global war against terrorism.--From publisher description.

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