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  • ISBN: 9780307394798 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • ISBN: 0307394794 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • ISBN: 9780307394798 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
  • ISBN: 0307394794 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
  • Physical Description: electronic resource
    1 online resource (xv, 396 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.).
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2007.

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Special Forces 101 -- Recruiting the Unconventional -- The Preparation -- The Selection -- Special ... Read More
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Subject: United States. -- Army. -- Special Forces.
Genre/Form: EBOOK.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2007 March #2
    Couch could have applied the opening chapter's title, "Special Forces 101," to the whole book, for it is a portrait of the men who arrive at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, and the minority who make it though the training and join A Teams. Few of them are Rambos, for they need to be able both to function alone and to be closer than brothers to their teammates and the frequently foreign soldiers they train in combat and nation building. Whatever the future role of special forces in particular may be, the book adds substantially to the serious layman's knowledge of the men now playing vital roles in the war on terror, and who may number in their ranks more of the army's future leaders than the general media anticipates. A book worthy of the quality of the soldiers it profiles. ((Reviewed March 15, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 2006 December #2
    Former Navy SEAL Couch redeploys the you-are-there approach of The Warrior Elite (2001) to depict the grueling training undergone by Army Special Forces Class 8-04.Popularly known as the Green Berets, this elite program has a graduation rate of less than one in five. Beginning in August 2004, the author stayed for ten months at Camp Mackall in North Carolina, following the men closely as they were winnowed and hardened by the Special Forces Qualification Course and subsequent specialized training programs. First, however, Couch gives civilian readers some basic information about the mission and organization of Special Forces, a group that he believes is essential to winning the global war on terrorism. Standards are high, and candidates undergo mental and psychological screening as well as physical and professional assessment. The Green Berets, Couch stresses, are soldier-teachers who must be able to connect with and train local people to battle insurgents in their own country. Using lots of army acronyms and lingo, the veteran novelist (Silent Descent, 1993, etc.) creates an on-the-spot picture of the men's tough, dirty and exhausting daily life. Couch not only observes and reports on the exceptionally demanding classroom- and field-training, he interviews many students and their instructors. Class members, here given pseudonyms, seem to talk freely about their reasons for being in the program and their reactions to the training; staff comments about the men (including those who leave, voluntarily or involuntarily) are also frank.Macho prose full of praise for would-be warriors and the men who train them, seemingly designed to enthrall young men, boost recruitment and please the army. Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2007 April #2

    Few people ever get a glimpse of the world of military training, much less Special Forces training, but these books offer just that. Former Navy SEAL Couch (Down Range: Navy SEALS in the War on Terrorism ) gives readers an inside look at what it takes to become a Green Beret. Couch audited a Special Forces Preparation Course and was given months-long access to the training sites and the soldiers. The result is a unique view of the soldiers' world, as well as portraits of the soldiers themselves. Couch organizes his book into eight chapters, the first of which is an extremely useful discussion of the history, training, and organization of Special Forces in general. Most fascinating are the chapters on recruitment and selection processes. Couch's access to the training class and his smooth and easy writing style provide a human picture of these highly trained soldiers. Included is a short glossary of acronyms and military terms.

    Sunday Times journalist Smith, a former member of the British army's Intelligence Corp, examines the U.S. army's most secret Special Forces unit, the one that captured Saddam Hussein and operates covertly in the world's most dangerous places: the Intelligence Support Agency, a.k.a. the Agency. Beginning with 1979–80, its formation after the Iranian hostage crisis in the 1980s, Smith uses newly declassified documents and interviews to explain the Agency's importance and its successes. He also includes an impressive glossary. Well written and well researched, both books add to a growing body of literature on modern American Special Forces and are recommended for all libraries.—Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill

    [Page 101]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2007 January #2

    Among America's Special Forces, the Green Berets stand out because they can "do it all," according to this enthusiastic account of their training. Ex-SEAL Couch (Down Range) explains that Green Berets not only fight, they teach: living in the world's hot spots, they speak the language, win the trust of the locals, and train and fight alongside them to defeat a common enemy. They are the "Peace Corps with guns" and the key to winning the war on terror, he asserts. Only the most fit, smart, stable and multilingual need apply, but training is so rigorous that recruits first undergo 25 days of pretraining, from which only one-third proceed to Green Beret school, where attrition continues. Military buffs will enjoy the descriptions of exhausting marches, realistic combat simulations, high-tech weapons and dramatic instructor/student interactions. Though Thomas Ricks showed in Making the Corps that one can write an admiring account of an elite military unit without neglecting its warts and missteps, Couch loves the Green Berets too much to look beneath the surface; still. he tells an entertaining story. 16-page full-color insert. (Mar.)

    [Page 45]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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