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Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America's Special Operations Forces
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The epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces.
Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Special Operations Marines, Rangers, and Delta Force. Weaving together their triumphs and tribulations, acclaimed historian Mark Moyar introduces a colorful cast of military men, brimming with exceptional talent, courage and selflessness.
In a nation where the military is the most popular institution, America's Special Operations Forces have become the most popular members of the military. Through nighttime raids on enemy compounds and combat advising of resistance movements, special operators have etched their names into the nation's registry of heroes. Yet the public knows little of the journey that they took to reach these heights, a journey that was neither easy nor glamorous.
Fighting an uphill battle for most of their seventy-five year history, the Special Operations Forces slipped on many an occasion, and fell far on several. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama have enthusiastically championed Special Operations Forces, but their enthusiasm has often surpassed their understanding, resulting in misuse or overuse of the troops. Lacking clearly defined missions, Special Operations Forces have had to reinvent themselves time and again to prove their value in the face of fierce critics-many of them from the conventional military, which from the start opposed the segregation of talent in special units.
Highlighting both the heroism of America's most elite soldiers and the controversies surrounding their meteoric growth, Oppose Any Foe presents the first comprehensive history of these special warriors and their daring missions. It is essential reading for anyone interested in America's military history-and the future of warfare.
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The epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces.
Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Special Operations Marines, Rangers, and Delta Force. Weaving together their triumphs and tribulations, acclaimed historian Mark Moyar introduces a colorful cast of military men, brimming with exceptional talent, courage and selflessness.
In a nation where the military is the most popular institution, America's Special Operations Forces have become the most popular members of the military. Through nighttime raids on enemy compounds and combat advising of resistance movements, special operators have etched their names into the nation's registry of heroes. Yet the public knows little of the journey that they took to reach these heights, a journey that was neither easy nor glamorous.
Fighting an uphill battle for most of their seventy-five year history, the Special Operations Forces slipped on many an occasion, and fell far on several. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama have enthusiastically championed Special Operations Forces, but their enthusiasm has often surpassed their understanding, resulting in misuse or overuse of the troops. Lacking clearly defined missions, Special Operations Forces have had to reinvent themselves time and again to prove their value in the face of fierce critics-many of them from the conventional military, which from the start opposed the segregation of talent in special units.
Highlighting both the heroism of America's most elite soldiers and the controversies surrounding their meteoric growth, Oppose Any Foe presents the first comprehensive history of these special warriors and their daring missions. It is essential reading for anyone interested in America's military history-and the future of warfare.
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        Seeking to ���confer historical understanding��� of America���s much-lauded yet poorly understood Special Operations Forces, Moyar (Aid for Elites), director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History, chronicles 75 years of pyrotechnics while acknowledging the merits of some SOF criticism. Moyar opens by addressing certain persistent problems, including how SOF units suck talent from regular units, receive more training and expensive equipment, and often sit idle between missions (many of which could be accomplished by regular units). He proceeds by outlining the establishment of the various SOF units, beginning with the Army Rangers in 1942. Despite a few accomplishments, SOF units played an insignificant role in defeating the Axis, and hardly improved their standing during the Korean War, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War. Matters shifted significantly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; units dropped into Afghanistan performed brilliantly in routing the Taliban and participated in the 2003 Iraq invasion. As those wars ground on, SOF prospered, seeming to offer a low-cost, low-casualty means of defeating insurgencies. Moyar maintains that this approach hasn���t worked and delivers the startling conclusion that expanding conventional forces is a better solution. Moyar admires these elite units, and his enthusiastic, warts-and-all approach to discussing Special Forces fireworks will surely raise some eyebrows. Agent: Glen Hartley, Writers��� Representatives.

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        March 15, 2017

        As a consultant for the U.S. Special Operations Command and fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, Moyar (history, Cambridge Univ.; Strategic Failure) characterizes the development of U.S. Special Operations Forces as a coming-of-age story. He maintains that this tale begins with the forces being perceived as "unwanted stepchildren," with occasionally supportive presidents as "stepfathers," but mostly "jealous stepbrothers," in the traditional armed services. Building upon the early use of Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and British Commandos of World War II, special ops joined with the army's psychological warfare elements in the 1950s Korean War and later expanded during the early 1960s with the enthusiastic support of President John F. Kennedy. Steeped in and enamored by his subject, Moyar takes readers through the ups and downs of the Vietnam War, the failed 1993 Somalia intervention by Delta Force, and the post-9/11 counterinsurgency measures in Iraq and Afghanistan. He includes the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, which he considers a "tactical success" but with negative strategic consequences that likely outweighed the benefits. VERDICT A worthy account for those curious about modern military history and politics.--Chad Comello, Morton Grove P.L., IL

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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In a nation where the military is the most popular institution, America's Special Operations Forces have become the most popular members of the military. Through nighttime raids on enemy compounds and combat advising of resistance movements, special operators have etched their names into the nation's registry of heroes. Yet the public knows little of the journey that they took to reach these heights, a journey that was neither easy nor glamorous.
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