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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (Nov. 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340745
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The United States Marine Corps has a rich tradition of special operations, from World War II’s famed Marine Raiders and Para Marines to Korea and Vietnam’s legendary Marine Force Recon companies. Indeed, when Navy underwater demolition teams, the direct predecessors to the SEALs, performed the preinvasion reconnaissance of Iwo Jima, recon Marines were part of the mission. But when U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was created in 1987 in the wake of the abortive Desert One hostage rescue mission, the Marines did not join in. Spec ops on land, sea, and air were covered by the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Corps felt it needed to keep its top warriors with its conventional forces.
In the post-9/11 world, however, the need for special operations forces dramatically increased. With the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2006, Marines officially became part of USSOCOM. Initially drawn from the ranks of Force Recon companies, these highly skilled and combat-proven Leathernecks joined their spec ops brethren in taking the war to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in America’s global war on terrorism. 
MARSOC’s mission is to win wars before they begin, taking combat beyond the frontlines. When America needs to respond to aggression in distant lands, the call comes to send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are special operations Marines are already there.

About the Author

Fred Pushies has skimmed across the waves with SEALs in an eighty-two-foot-long Mark V Special Operations craft, flown at treetop level with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and crunched through the brush with Force Recon Marines. He's the author of more than a dozen books about US special ops and several Zenith Press titles, including MARSOC: US Marine Corps Special Operations Command and Night Stalkers: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Pushies lives in Westland, Michigan.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A 5 minute read. Jan. 23 2012
By G Man - Published on
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This book was dissapointing. As I former member of Marine Force Recon I was expecting a detailed accounting of our standards, history, training, and past missions. Instead this book covers all those areas in about three pages. It is heavy into pictures and command structure and comparisons in structure with other special forces type groups. The crux of really interesting information could have been released as a pamphlet. If you don't like to read and just like to look at some cool pictures, this book is for you. If you know anything at all about Marine Recon you will not learn anything new here. This is one of those books you eventually find in a big pile for 75 cents along with other "picture books" with no real substance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
MARSOC book is recruit propaganda for teens. April 18 2012
By R. Gilchrist - Published on
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This book is more of a overview of what MARSOC does and can do.

I was actually looking for something more like a detailed history of Marine SO. This was not. I will not recommend this for anyone looking for the history of such operations.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"SUPER FORCE RECON"? May 21 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Interesting book, very good information, not for casual reading
but for anyone who is interested in the MARINE CORPS as it
evolves into the new(?) small(?) conflict warfare role, it shows the
weapons and other gear in use.
Being a proud Marine who served years ago and carried a BAR, I found
it informative and interesting.
A very good reference book.
(P.A.) Tony Bergan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding up-to-date scoop on MARSOC equipment with good history of MARSOC predecessors Dec 21 2012
By Kyle Roberts - Published on
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As a former Marine and current US History teacher (both High School and College) this is a good "nuts-and-bolts" book to get an overview of the equipment and some of the selection and training of our newest generation of supreme warriors. There is a very good "30,000 foot level" synopsis of how MARSOC came about as new SPECOP units were formed and strategically where the USMC now fits in the SPECOP community. The history section on previous generations of Marines like Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and USMC special forces types as seen in Colonel "Red Mike" Edson give a superior picture of the pride generated by United States Marines. Respectfully submitted, K L Roberts
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you are interested in it's development Jan. 11 2013
By Jack L Hurd II - Published on
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If you are interested in it;s development and setting up the command system, then this is the book for you. If you are interested in their accomplishments and actions in the battle space, look for a different book. There is very little in this book as far as actual operations that have been declassified. It is basically designed around the development and structure of the command system of the Marine Spec Ops group.