This book is a must for anyone with any interest in Special Forces and Operations. I think it would also be invaluable to anyone who thinks the CIA as the lone evil entity in the world.
The text covers all major and unknown conflicts the SAS have been involved in since their re-formation following WW2. From the deserts of the Oman, the jungles of the Malayan Emergency, the colds of the Falklands, all the way back to the desert, this time in Iraq. What I personally like about the book, is that the text in the chapters reads as a fact based text book. Preceeding each chapter is preceeded by a short personal tale of the conflict at hand, but it is by far the best written SpecForces book out there, as the other ex-SAS etc soldiers tend to write in a less than exemplurary manner.
The final chapter in the book covers what the future might hold for the SAS, amid a world of air superiority and digital battlefields. His statements on the topic are sweeping and brink on controversy. He may seem out-spoken, but he has a good point. It is however worth bearing in mind that the book was written pre 9/11, so there is no coverage or opinion on the "War On Terrorism". I think this completely changes the complexion of the final pages of this book, as the world we live in now, is already completely different to the one we knew in 2000.
If you had any pre-conceptions that the British Government is or has ever been a 'clean' institution, prepare your view to be smashed. Told with unflinching honesty and attention to detail, Ken Connor dispels all the thoughts we might have had, Proving to us all, that there's life in the old British dog yet.
A cracking read.