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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book - Buy it, 20 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Task Force Black: The explosive true story of the SAS and the secret war in Iraq (Hardcover)
This is a superb book recounting the story of the SAS (and Delta Force's) secret war against Al Queda and the Shi'ite militias, many of whom were backed by Iran and their revolutionary Guards. The author of this book is a well respected BBC defence correspondent with multiple contacts in the military and who spent time as an embed (as he recounts in the book) with American forces around Baghdad. As such the author is well qualified to narrate this tale and in doing so provides a book that is well researched and authentic.

Be warned though, the author is also a well respected military historian (Big Boys Rules, Fusiliers, Rifles, etc) and while the book includes many stories of derring do, its primary role is to tell the history of this particularly nasty theatre of the Iraq War. In this way it is not a "kill and tell" adventure story like Bravo Two Zero or Sniper One.

The one surprise in this book, I found, was the author's pretty damning revelations about the "defeatism" which permeated certain sections of the British Army officer class, particularly senior officers, and which had a detrimental effect on UK relations with the US allies and with the prosecution of the conflict in Southern Iraq ... eventually culminating in what can only be called a Defeat for the UK.

I'm not sure why a previous reviewer gave this only 1 star and had a pop at the author, maybe he read a different book or maybe he has his own agenda in slagging it off, but rest assured he is wrong. This is a SUPERB book and I would thoroughly recommend it to both readers of the more "populist" books like Bravo Two Zero (it has lots of stories of SAS raids) and for those looking for a more distanced analytical review of the Iraq War (it traces the entire Iraq war, though concentrates on the years 2004 to 2007).

Buy this book, you won't regret it.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2010 10:31:08 GMT
I agree, this is an excellent book, great reading and give insight into a subject so often ignored, it's down to earth, gets to the point and explains a lot of what has happened in Iraq, well worth buying!
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