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Publisher's Summary

Major Richard J. "Dick" Meadows is renowned in military circles as a key figure in the development of the U.S. Army Special Operations. A highly decorated war veteran of the engagements in Korea and Vietnam, Meadows was instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Delta Force and hostage rescue force. Although he officially retired in 1977, Meadows could never leave the army behind, and he went undercover in the clandestine operations to free American hostages from Iran in 1980.

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces is the only biography of this exemplary soldier's life. Military historian Alan Hoe offers unique insight into Meadows, having served alongside him in 1960. The Quiet Professional is an insider's account that gives a human face to U.S. military strategy during the cold war.

Major Meadows often claimed that he never achieved anything significant; The Quiet Professional proves otherwise, showcasing one of the great military minds of 20th-century America.

©2012 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"An important story, and few men loom as large... as Maj. Richard J. Meadows." ( Wall Street Journal)
"This is a well written biography of the extraordinary life of a complex man. It should be on the suggested reading list of the Chief of Staff of the Army for Army leaders at every level and should be found in every soldier's professional library." ( Army)
"A book about one of the greatest legends in the world of U.S. Army special forces, Major Richard Meadows" ( Military Heritage)

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Another possibly good book ruined by poor performance

I have read SOG and listened to the audio, so I’ve heard of Dick Meadows and I was excited to listen to his story. I haven’t finished listening to the book yet and am only about halfway through so I don’t want to give the book a bad rating. That being said I don’t understand how some of these readers get paid to do their job. When I’m listening to a good one I am able to listen and focus on the book as well as whatever else I’m doing, and don’t want to stop listening. This guy makes me feel like I’m being put to sleep or when I’m listening for a while I have no idea what I just heard for the last 20 minutes. I don’t get it, having a hard time finishing it honestly the reader is just too boring and monotone for me. Should’ve bought paperback version I guess.

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Well covered SF personal history

An engaging narrative of the life experiences of a famous Special Forces icon. I was pleasantly surprised the author did a good job of covering the many, unusual experiences of Dick Meadows through his many challenging phase of both his military and security careers. Highly recommended.

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OUTSTANDING HERO

U. S. Marine here. I wish I could have met him. To meet a warrior of his caliber would have been an Honor. I live fairly close to Crestview and I love to fish in some of the same places he fished in. who knows, we could have met in passing. Thank you Sir for your service.

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Super Green Beret

I first heard of Meadows from reading other books about Vietnam. I waited years for his story to be told and was not disappointed. He was a fine example of a man and soldier.

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Great book great man.

Written like Dick would have written it. No fanfare or grandeur; just mentioning and explaining the details of intense years into simple action reports. But it was written very well and captures the essence of the man. well worth a read to understand a spec ops legend.

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a true life take not to be missed.

An exceptional read about an extraordinary man. a great yarn about a man that seems to have been involved in every important military event that occurred in his lifetime

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outstanding!

wonderful American history! I never knew existed, an awsome example of how a person can become.

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US Military’s Most Interesting Man

Incredible life story of an amazing man with extraordinary courage and drive. Don’t hesitate, download this today.

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Incredible human being but...

Dick Meadows clearly led a remarkable life and did many incredible things but unfortunately the book seemed superficial on both the military and the personal aspects of his life. There's not much point saying "there were all kinds of amazing discussions but these cannot be recounted here".