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Publisher's Summary

In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces---the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men.
Following the experiences of one class of soldiers as they endure this physically and mentally exhausting ordeal, Couch spells out in fascinating detail the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high-level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well SF candidates gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Chosen Soldier paints a vivid portrait of an elite group, and a process that forges America's smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force.
©2007 Dick Couch, Foreword copyright 2007 by Robert D. Kaplan (P)2011 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Definitive . . . insightful . . . should be read by every American who despairs [about] current tumult." (Linda Robinson, author of Masters of Chaos)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 03-24-12

Great book, annoying performance

What did you love best about Chosen Soldier?

Chosen Soldier is an excellent first-hand account of what it takes to become a Green Beret. As a legendary SEAL, Dick Couch is the ideal author to examine Army Special Forces.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader utilized the most annoying voice to portray the dialogues of soldiers. He uses a high-pitched tone that portrays these warriors as timid little boys. I have no idea why he chose this technique for their dialogue but it is exasperating. It has taken me over a year to finish this audio book because I can only stand it for so long.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-24-12

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Green Beret

What did you like best about Chosen Soldier? What did you like least?

I liked how detailed it was, but this was also the worst part of the book. It could get a little boring at times.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was sufficient, but nothing special.

Did Chosen Soldier inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to fast forward. I'm just kidding, but sometimes it came close to that.

Any additional comments?

Dick Couch has great access to the Special Forces community. He also has an abundant knowledge of Special Forces. He goes into great detail which is good for some things and bad for others. I enjoyed this book and don't regret buying or listening to it. If you have listened to/read his other book "The Finishing School" this is the Army version. It is basically the same thing but instead of SEALs it's Green Berets. It gives a detailed, in dept look at the Green Beret selection. So if that is what your looking for then get this book.

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