Clancy and his coauthor, John Gresham, describe how SF soldiers are recruited, trained, and assigned. There are plenty of interesting notes about SF culture: They don't especially like being called "Green Berets," for instance, even though most units carry a copy of the John Wayne movie The Green Berets in their traveling video libraries. They are typically in their 30s, divorced and remarried, intelligent, interested in the news, and able to speak more than one language. There are also lots of details on weaponry, chronicles of training missions, and plenty of maps and pictures. The book ends with a fictionalized account of an SF mission in 2005 and 2006.
Special Forces is replete with Clancy's tough-guy prose: "The overall media presentation of the Army Special Forces has generally been one of contrived crap." And the book is essentially a celebration of a premier fighting force, rather than a critical treatment of it. But this is not necessarily a weakness. Special Forces will appeal to anybody interested in the modern military, and it may bring civilians closer than they'll ever come to these important troops. --John J. Miller
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Very accurate book, I am not sure what the most everyone else is talking about in saying otherwise. This book is "dry" because it is meant to inform the reader more... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Chris Helton
I was in Special Forces Bad Tolz Germany July 1954 to Oct 1956. Most of the books I have read always say that we did not wear the "green beret" till after President... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Carl Arndt
The thing I kept thinking when I read this book was -- why does Tom Clancy put his name on this? It was very obvious through the whole thing that his research assistant did all... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2001 by Ryan
Special Forces could be a great book, however Clancy's style of writing is not suited to non-fiction as much as it is to fiction. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2001 by C. Forrester
Right now, as the air campaign in Afghanistan nears completion, there is little doubt that these are the folks who will be hitting the ground,(they may in fact already be there). Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001 by Bob Brown
This book was clearly not written by Tom Clancy. It was very difficult to read and follow after the first 150 pages. The book had so many abbreviations it was confusing. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by J. Eledge
I have read the other reviews and I find them quiet correct. I am VERY intersted in Special Forces so I was happy to hear that Tom Clancy came out with a book about it. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001 by "army_goat"
This book is a good short civilianized view of Special Forces. The author goes through his steps of traveling from Middle East to South America. Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by Mark