The Guerrilla Factory

  • by Tony Schwalm
  • Narrated by Corey Snow
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Navy has the SEALS, and the Army has the Green Berets. They are masters of asymmetrical warfare, trained to immerse themselves in hostile territory, sleeping near their enemies and building relationships with people who may want to kill them. Retired lieutenant colonel Tony Schwalm knows this group well, because he is one of them and he trained them. In The Guerrilla Factory, he provides an unbelievably gripping inside look into the grueling training that every army officer must endure to become one of America's elite Green Berets.
The Special Forces Qualification Course, also known as the Q Course, is infamous in U.S. Army lore. It transforms conventional soldiers, through blood, sweat, and tears, into unconventional guerrillas. As a young soldier, Schwalm earned his own Green Beret there. Later, he was the commander of Special Forces officer training at Fort Bragg, evaluating and redesigning the crucible in which leaders face brutal tests of physical strength, stamina, and wits. The Guerrilla Factory is the engaging and compelling story of Schwalm's experience there as a student (from selection to graduation) and his time as the commander of training at Fort Bragg. It is a story of young soldiers striving to become the elite of the elite-of their trials, physical and emotional, and of their triumphs and losses.
In this dramatic account of the challenges faced by these young soldiers, Schwalm describes how men are forced to demonstrate ingenuity under intensely adverse conditions as they are pushed to the point of hallucination, walk until their feet are bloody, and fight off packs of angry dogs with nothing but a rubber rifle. Soldiers today face an entirely different kind of warfare and must be schooled to deal with unusual circumstances. They must have intricate knowledge of how to gather information in a dangerous, unstable atmosphere, and they need to be able to adapt quickly to differences in their surroundings. Schwalm's book takes listeners deep into this world, showing exactly how soldiers acquire the necessary skills.
Revealing details never before shared outside military circles, Schwalm provides a rare and rousing look inside the courageous hearts and souls of soldiers who put their lives on the line for duty, honor, and our country.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Book for Future Officers or Enlisted

Great Book!!!
It is from the perspective of a normal guy going through the choice of whether to be an sf officer or not and he breaks down how it is in special forces for both enlisted and officer.
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- Amazon Customer

Not what I expected.

What made the experience of listening to The Guerrilla Factory the most enjoyable?

I do think think this gives you some basic knowledge of selection process. I thought this was going to tell more about actually SF training foreign soldiers, then it did.

To me this was more about training at Bragg then training guerrillas.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was nobody that really made me remember them. I listened to this a few months ago.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No. Please do not make this as a movie.

Any additional comments?

Tony sounds like a good guy, but I was disappointed in finding out his credentials. I would be curious to talk to men in his command. He sounds like he is more of B Team then A team.

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- JT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio