Modern Era Nonfiction Military books

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  1. johnson8861

    johnson8861 Daddo Chomper

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    Who can tell me a few special operations nonfiction titles that are a good read? I have alot of the recents like Inside delta force, Fearless, Lone survivor, Black hawk down, Bravo two zero, No easy day and the like, but it seems like I have everything good. I haven't been a big reader, but work at night so I can kill a book in just a couple days. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Would recommend See No Evil by Robert Baer. Not exactly spec ops, but it's a good look into the career of a CIA case officer leading up to 9/11. Another recommendation more military focused would be a book called House to House which was written by a combat NCO that served in Iraq.
     

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    "The Only Thing Worth Dying For" and "Fearless" both by Eric Blehm.
    "Fearless" is the best book I have ever read. Period.
     
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    Frosty the snow d*** :rofl:House to House is a good one I also liked Contact Charlie and the Patrol but those focus on the Canadian Military
     
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    Jawbreaker by Gary Berntsen is a good read, so is American Sniper by Chris Kyle.

    Not special operations but My Men Are My Heroes by Brad Kasal is a great Marine book
     
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    Just finished 13 hours in Benghazi. Interesting.
     
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    The Outpost by Jake Tapper (not special ops, though they do get mentioned from time to time).

    Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden includes some CIA/DELTA aspects.
     
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    Outlaw platoon by Sean Parnell is amazing.
     
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    Started skimming through this at the bookstore and man it seems good. I need to pick up a copy but I am a paperback book guy not a fan of hardcover.
     
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    Johnson......

    I'm reading it right now! If you're really interested in knowing the whole story of what's going on in the middle east, and you like to read "special-ops" non-fiction, this book is the best one I've ever seen so far, and I have already read most of them.



    "Seal Target Geronimo" by Chuck Pfarrer; Chuck Pfarrer is the "real deal"......a former assault element commander of SEAL Team Six and author of the bestselling "Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL".



    This book is essentially a minutely detailed account of "Operation Neptune's Spear", the historic raid to take down Osama Bin Laden, but it is also a detailed account of SEAL Team Six's famous "Bainbridge Op", the mission to rescue Captain Phillips, the Captain of the cargo ship, Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. There is also an account of SEAL Team Six's part in the predator drone strike that "took out" Osama bin Laden's chief terrorist in Iraq, Musab al Zarcawi. Also of great interest to me, was an account of how Dick Marcinko formed SEAL Team Six in 1980 from a single platoon from SEAL Team Two. (I have already read all of Marcinko's "Rogue Warrior" novels.)



    Quite unlike any other book about special ops that I've ever read, Chuck Pfarrer is not only a "hands-on", "been there, did that" guy, he is also a truly masterful writer and story-teller. I was fortunate enough to find this book in a "Goodwill Store" for $1.50, but I'm guessing that one could probably find a copy on Half.com, possibly just as cheap; if not, the ISBN is 978-1-250-00635-6 and the publisher is WWW.stmartins.com
     
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    Pharrer also wrote a fictional account of the killing of Che Guevara that was pretty good. I don't remember the title (though it might be Killing Che, or something like that :D ). He is a good writer.

    I would also recommend Hunting the Jackal by Billy Waugh. Great book that delves into his life in SF in Vietnam (my father knew him), to his time as a military contractor for CIA. His team spotted Carlos the Jackal in Sudan, which led to his capture by the French. He was also involved in sounding the alarm on OBL back when Clinton was in office, going so far as to propose an op to kill him, which was denied.

    He ended up humping the Afghan mountains in the days after 9-11 (in his 70s) with CIA (he is mentioned by his code name in Jawbreaker). Total bad ass.
     
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    http://product.half.ebay.com/SEAL-T...r-2011-Hardcover/128645078&cpid=5000018614544


    There ya go! Now you don't even need to spend $1.50 for it.......get it on Half.com for 75 cents! (BTW....the hardback copy I have was $25.99 for who ever bought it first.)

    Any time you want a book, just find out what it's ISBN # is; then google, Half.com, type in the ISBN number, 99.99% of the time, you can get the book for pennies on the dollar.
     
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    Fist..........

    I just got hungry and had to stop and fry some ham........when I got back to the computer I got all mixed up! You mentioned Billy Waugh.......probably the "baddest of the baddest" times ten! also....."Bull Simmons"......his famous raid on Son Tay is described briefly in this book I just mentioned by Chuck Pfarrer;

    My problem is, I read so much, and I have read so many books about Spec-ops in all of it's many forms, that I sometimes worry that there's nothing left for me to read that I haven't read already! This book by Pfarrer just proved to me that I have nothing to worry about! As I already mentioned, I have already read all of Dick Marcinko's "Rogue Warrior" fiction, but until I read this book by Pfarrer, I really never had read the "straight scoop" about the REAL Captain Richard Marcinko! As flamboyant as Marcinko is, and even though he really DID "found" SEAL Team Six, about 90% of all the spectacular missions that SEAL Six has become so famous for, have actually been carried out since SEAL Six has been commanded several others, (mainly by Captain Bob Gormly ). (And I'm sure that if Daring Dickie Marcinko ever reads this, it will become "doom on poor Charley C" ! )
     
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    House to House is the best military book I have read. Action from start to finish. A real story.
     
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    Good book. I may have to re-read it.

    I just caught the second half of a documentary on HBO called "Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War" about an Australian journalist in Iraq. He was there with Bellavia (sp?) in Fallujah and has some footage of the fight.

    I did not see the beginning of the segment, but at one point, the Aussie ran into the house where Bellavia was killing the insurgents.
     
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    Lions of Kandahar by Major Rusty Bradley
     
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    Just finished reading The Deadly Brotherhood by John C. McManus. He did something a bit unusual. He reviewed hundreds of oral histories. He organized comments by items like food, attitudes towards the Germans, attitudes towards Japanese, The conditions: Europe, and so forth.

    He did research by checking on the works done by the famous S.L.A. Marshall and proved that some of the information was simply made up.

    Parts, like about casualties, were difficult to read.

    I took away the following which was important to me. 75% of the actual frontline troops were killed or disabled/wounded/captured. 20% of the casualties were psychological breakdowns. why were these points important. It confirmed what all survivalists should know in advance - avoid confrontation and combat if possible because if you don't you are going to have severe problems.