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A book to educate, not entertain,
This review is from: Task Force Black: The explosive true story of the SAS and the secret war in Iraq (Hardcover)
First of all, I have to say that all the negative reviews that Urban receives here on Amazon are quite clearly coming from people who think they are purchasing a novel in the vain of Andy McNab; they are seeking entertainment, not education. And make no mistake, it is education that Urban provides here, and yet again as he has done before, he combines a journalistic ability to expose what we knew little of before, and combine it with a broad picture analysis of the importance of these events to the wider story of Iraq.
I am ex-British Army, and currently writing my PhD on the use of intelligence, as well as researching on the use of special forces, and this book is one of the finest texts available to educate. This is because instead of glorifying gun battles and giving us nerdy details of the raids (Andy McNab has unfortunately corrupted the market in this regard) Urban instead details how the SAS operated throughout the Iraq campaign. We get all the detail you could want, tactical level details, through to operational intents, to campaign level strategic thinking. This is most important when hearing how the SAS were brought into the campaign design of General McChrystal. If you treat this book as an edification as to how contemporary counter-terrorist operations were conceived and operated with SOF execution, you will be nothing less than amazed. Incredible stuff, truly.