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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (29 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760302200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760302200
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,515,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First Book Ever Published on America's Counterterrorism Sys.
This book reveals, for the very first time, the system that is in place to thwart (as best it can) acts of terrorism on American soil. I spent several years researching this topic as well as visiting firsthand the various units and agencies involved in counterterrorism (CT).For instance, I've been inside the Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, visted the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, and traveled to the bayous of Louisiana to watch the US Marshals Service's Special Operations Group train. I've also spoken with members of DevGroup (formerly known as SEAL Team 6), Delta Force, and a host of other, highly-specialized units (e.g., NEST, TEU, ARG).The book's prologue takes a close look at the Oklahoma City bombing as told to me by the Special Operations Fire Chief who responded to the incident. The early chapters provide an overview of terrorism today and discuss the surveillance system that is in place to monitor known and suspected terrorists worldwide. Sidebars look at airline security, import/export control, and the use of special dogs by the Secret Service to detect explosives.Later chapters of the book take an unprecedented inside look at Delta Force, DevGroup, the FBI's HRT, NEST, and the USMS SOG. Here you'll learn how these elite units prepare on a daily basis to respond to terrorist incidents. These chapters are filled with anecdotal information about actual missions they have been deployed on. Many of these operations have never been told before.Towards the end of the book, I address the spectre of Super Terrorism: the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons by terrorist groups. The threat of Super Terrorism is quite real, but is America really prepared for it?The rest of the book looks at the special equipment used by counterterrorism teams (e.g., weapons, robots, surveillance gear) and gives you an inside look at how these units typically respond to a terrorist incident. The book has an extensive glossary of terms and an index, and is heavily illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, most of which have never been published before.With terrorism becoming a daily and more bloody reality in our Society today, you should know more about what is being done to safeguard you from the wackos of the world. This book does just that. Thank-you for your interest.

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If you have any interest in counter terrorist forces, this book makes for very exciting reading. Though, don't expect a thousand pages describing every minute detail of CT forces, 'cause that's not what this is. Rather I'd describe this book as an excelent introduction/overview to CT forces, where it takes it's starting point with the beginning of what was to become the history of CT forces, beginning with the Delta's, and moving on in time as more CT forces with different assignments saw the light of day. It takes you through a guided tour of how the major CT forces came in to excistence, how they recruit, train, what their assignments are, and to some extent how they go about fullfilling their assignments (as the author points out, no CT force will ever reveal their SOPs - standard operating procedures - because that'd give their advesaries/the bad guys and invaluable insight to their opponents). This being said, the book makes for extremely interesting reading - especially if you hold a little interest in history, and 'the broader picture' in which CT forces are expected to operate.
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By A Customer on 7 July 1999
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This book is definately an excellent source for the layman, however totally skips over a certain set of individuals of which there are photos of in the book itself, but no mention in text. Air Force Security Police (Security Forces) are pictured in the book twice, yet no mention of them at all. Security Forces were also rated in the top five most hated organizations by terrorists in the world, ranked with British SAS, Delta, and others mentioned in this book. They are pictured as the individual inspecting the undercarriage of a vehicle with a mirror, and the K-9 handler in the 'Secret Service' section. One should research a little more before placing pictures with organizations they are not a part of. Security Forces deploy all over the world in almost every country to protect U.S. Armed Forces from the threats of terrorism and work often with organizations in this book. Please understand this book is for layman only, and some information is vague, especially for military organizations.
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You must read this book; not only is it packed with information, it is also very educational. The book is easy to follow and if you have any interest in knowing how the men of America protect us while we sleep, this is the book to buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Information 3 Mar. 2001
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One must take into account that the book is after all, 1997...there were only a few terrorist activities that happened to the United States at that time.
I find this book to be a good primer to other aspects of CT forces. Its only equal is Concord's "Special Operations Journal" which as of 3/1/2001 is in Volume 13. However, each SOJ is about the price of this book and you need to buy 3-4 SOJs to have the units contained here.
The book doesn't really cover the military CT groups like Delta or SEALs (Douglas Waller's "Commandos" does better) but FBI HRT, US Marshals, and CT forces against super-terrorism.
Stephen F. Tomajczyk did speak the truth when he said he visited these units and the photos show training exercises. Of course given the nature of their top-secret work, real mission photos aren't included...same applies to Concord Special Ops. Photos are mainly of training and the text is about unit history and terrorist events up to 1997.
For the size and price, I think this is a great valuable book and the first of its kind. Surely other future authors can provide more detailed text or photos but you won't find such value, blueprints, diagrams, color photos, descriptions, and true life stories of SEVERAL units in just one book or just one journal of Concord "Special Ops." And if you do, chances are the price will be a lot higher than this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
First hand knowledge makes a first rate read 1 May 1999
By Jess1624@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You must read this book; not only is it packed with information, it is also very educational. The book is easy to follow and if you have any interest in knowing how the men of America protect us while we sleep, this is the book to buy!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ambitious though disappointing 23 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book expecting a look at the many facets of the U.S. military and law enforcement special operations and counter-terrorist community though was disappointed by the units ultimately selected. The narrative is weak and not very insightful. I cannot endorse this title.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting...however 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is definately an excellent source for the layman, however totally skips over a certain set of individuals of which there are photos of in the book itself, but no mention in text. Air Force Security Police (Security Forces) are pictured in the book twice, yet no mention of them at all. Security Forces were also rated in the top five most hated organizations by terrorists in the world, ranked with British SAS, Delta, and others mentioned in this book. They are pictured as the individual inspecting the undercarriage of a vehicle with a mirror, and the K-9 handler in the 'Secret Service' section. One should research a little more before placing pictures with organizations they are not a part of. Security Forces deploy all over the world in almost every country to protect U.S. Armed Forces from the threats of terrorism and work often with organizations in this book. Please understand this book is for layman only, and some information is vague, especially for military organizations.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Elite Hostage Rescue 6 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought is book was very interesting to read as well as look and admire the great pictures. After reading this book, it made me want to pursue a career in the teams. This is a great book, along with the whole Power Series books.
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