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Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the C.I.A., The S.A.S., and Mossad | [Tony Geraghty]

Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the C.I.A., The S.A.S., and Mossad

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Former soldier and war correspondent Tony Geraghty takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of special-forces units and covert operations from the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. With extensive research and hard-hitting prose, Geraghty outlines the history of Black Ops units from the Cold War's use of espionage to fighting off guerilla warfare in Vietnam and America's current tactic of nation building under the specter of terrorism. Mirron Willis gives Geraghty's complex history a refreshing clarity with his precise performance; his delivery of the fascinating material is explanatory while being methodical and sharp.

Publisher's Summary

A hard-hitting history of special-forces operations over the past fifty years in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel.

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 extraordinary 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 C.I.A., the S.A.S., the Green Berets, America’s Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), and many others, including Mossad.

This history is more than a tale of derring-do, although James Bond-like characters stalk every page. It is a sweeping examination of Black Ops at a time when they represent the future of an open-ended global war against terrorism.

©2010 Tony Geraghty (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    James A. Nashville, TN 07-16-14
    James A. Nashville, TN 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dry BUT informative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would but advise them it is very monotone, but informative.


    Would you recommend Black Ops to your friends? Why or why not?

    Refer above


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Dry and monotone


    Do you think Black Ops needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no.....see above


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-16-14
    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Jeff

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    "Ok"
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    It was a bit too broad in the material it tried to cover. Just as I started getting interested in a part of the story it would change to something new and lose my interest again. The narrator was bad but put it at 1.25 speed and it is not as bad as a lot of the other reviews have suggested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick 04-05-14
    Rick 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "You Paid The Guy To Narrate This?"
    If you could sum up Black Ops in three words, what would they be?

    Great Historical Information


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mirron Willis?

    Dick Hill (actually almost anyone would have been a better choice)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not trying to be disrespectful, it just wasn't a good choice as a narrator. I usually don't write reviews, but when I spend money to listen to a book - I expect that the person hired to narrate the book is going to do a decent job. This book is hard to listen to because the narrator isn't conversational - it's like reading one word at a time, thus the narration provides no sense of engagement. It is very mechanical with has no rhythm. He constantly mispronounces common words that are used within special operations or the military in general.

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    Mike Dallas, OR 12-07-13
    Mike Dallas, OR 12-07-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Interested in the story, but dislike the reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Ops to be better than the print version?

    It was an interesting book, but I didn't appreciate the reader's condescending tone!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book could have taken a more center of the road position.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mirron Willis’s performances?

    NO!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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