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on 6 September 2012
I thought the book was a very accurate at the time of writing insite into the actual training of the US Green Berets. Having said that he does waffle around the subjects a bit and I found myself skipping through some sections as I was a little bored. There was also a lot of plugging other peoples books, obviously an agreement between a handful of authors.

All in all it is a good book if you want a details insite into the selection and training of these young men. Having met a few of these guys when I was in service many years ago I can vouch for the fact that these guys are not to be underestimated. They are an elite fighting unit, they are smart, intelligent, and damn fine soldiers. Don't be so quick to critise them based on stories from the Vietnam war. Judge them on what they have achieved since.

A good read. Enjoy!!
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on 28 July 2013
I started on this book as the Special Forces (US Army) (upper-case letters) possible is the American special operation force (lower-case letters) I know least about.
But the writing seemed less about the way of operating, way of thinking or story telling; than about the number of kids each individual had and his distinctive physical appearance. A way of writing that may have been the way to do it in the fifties, but quite embarrassing today. It made the reading somewhat painful.
If one wants a good read about American special forces, or follow a special operation from planning to execution, I will instead suggest these three books.
No Room for Error: The Covert Operation of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran to Afghanistan
Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
The Guts to Try: The Untold Story of the Iran Hostage Rescue Mission by the On-Scene Desert Commander
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on 13 May 2011
Fantastic book, described the Q course in a lot of detail. If you are thinking of going into the Special Forces then this book is invaluable for highlighting what you are in for and the areas you need to focus on to prep.

This book is also very well written, and simply makes a great read.
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on 27 March 2011
There are a lot of other books out there of this genre that I've found a bit sensationlist. Probably as a result of his former experience as a US Navy Seal, Dick Couch provides an informative and factually correct insight into the training and selection of the US Special Forces. This is a really, really good read. I've read it through again a couple of times. Also for fans of Mixed Martial Arts, Tim Kennedy is also mentioned in it.
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