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Publisher's Summary

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite "special tactics" team in the late 1970s to work with special-operations forces, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Since then Carney and the U.S. Air Force Special Tactical units have circled the world on clandestine missions. They have combated terrorists and overthrown dangerous dictators. They have suffered 18 times the casualty rate of America's conventional forces. But they have gotten the job done. Now, for the first time, Colonel Carney lifts the veil of secrecy and reveals what really goes on inside the special-operations forces that are at the forefront of contemporary warfare.
©2002 Colonel John T.Carnet, Jr., USAF-Ret and Benjamin F. Schemmer
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Critic Reviews

"An exciting, action-packed story by a legendary figure." (Gen. Carl W. Stiner, USA (Ret.) Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. Special Operation Command )
"It is the story of bravery, heroism and American ingenuity at its very best." (Gen. Duane H. Cassidy, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. TRANSCOM and Military Airlift Command)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 12-13-03

Fantastic Book about Special Ops

I just finished listening to this book, and I must say I found it to be nothing less than fantastic. Very interesting accounts of Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan. The book has a focus on the Air Force, which is appropriate since that's the branch Col. Carney was in. It sheds light on AF Spec Ops, which most people don't know a lot about. It has only been in recent years that the Air Force's talented special operations folks have been getting any recognition. I've read other books about the same conflicts, and was, in fact, part of the invasion of Grenada. But this book filled in many holes for me. It was very interesting to read about the driving forces behind the formation of SOCOM, and how different commanders have had varying opinions of Spec Ops. Even some of the high profile military commanders in the last 20 years have resisted using Spec Ops, desiring instead to use conventional tactics. It seems nuts to prefer to wage a "tank war" these days, but apparently that's how some of the commanders think. In short, I thought it was a tremendously entertaining, respectful, well written book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jcorredera on 02-22-15

Sound quality is not very good

Great book great reading but sound quality is sub par. Great insight in to special forces and the Air Force.

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