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San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. ix, , 310 pages. Illustrations. Endpaper maps. Glossary. Index. Black line on bottom edge. DJ has wear, tears, soiling and chips. Harcourt Author biography press release laid in. Harcourt press release review laid in. Charles Alvin "Charlie" Beckwith (January 22, 1929 – June 13, 1994) was a career U.S. Army Special Forces officer best remembered for creating Delta Force, the premier asymmetrical warfare unit of the U.S. Army. He served in the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War, and attained the rank of colonel before his retirement. As the 7th SFG(A) operations officer, Beckwith went to work revolutionizing Green Beret training. Beckwith recognized that, "Before a Special Forces Green Beret soldier could become a good unconventional soldier, he'd first have to be a good conventional one." Beckwith restructured 7th's training, basically rewriting the book on Army special operations training from the real-world lessons he had learned with the SAS. Beckwith also had learned that a symbol of excellence like a beret had to be earned. Donald Knox (1936–1986), an award-winning television producer and director, was the author of several books on military history, including The Korean War and Death March. Donald Knox (1936–1986), an award-winning television producer and director, was the author of several books on military history, including The Korean War and Death March.
New York, N.Y. Crown Publishers, 2012. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxi, , 359,  pages. This copy is inscribed by the author, Peter L. Bergen, on the title page. Inscription reads: May 7, 2012 To Bob and Annette, with thanks for your daughter who is the world's smartest and toughest (in a good way), editor. Peter Bergen. Includes 3 full page b/w maps (one on Afghanistan & Pakistan; one on bin Laden's movements from Sept. 11, 2001, to Abottabad; and one on U.S. Navy SEAL raid on Abbottabad). Has a note about this book, Prologue: A Comfortable Retirement; Bibliography, Notes, Acknowledgments, and an Index. Chapters cover 9/11 and After; Tora Bora; Al-Qaeda in the Wilderness; The Resurgence of Al-Qaeda; A Working Theory of the Case; Closing In on the Courier; Obama at War; Anatomy of a Lead; The Last Years of Osama bin Laden; The Secret Warriors; Curses of Actin; The Decision; Don't Turn On the Light; Aftermath; and Epilogue: The Twilight of Al-Qaeda. Contains riveting new details of bin Laden's flight to Tora Bora, where American forces came close to capturing him, and of the fugitive leader's attempts to find a secure hiding place. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden's life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Quaeda even as America systematically picked off his lieutenants. Based on exhaustive research and unprecedented access to White House officials, CIA analysts, Pakistani intelligence, and the military, this is the definitive account of ten years in pursuit of bin Laden.
New York: Ivy Books, 1991. Fourth printing [stated]. Mass market paperback. vi, , 272,  pages. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Front cover creased. In January 1962, two Sea, Air, and Land Teams were formed. Commissioned to operate up to twenty miles inland in enemy territory, they would act as naval commandos whose functions were to gather intelligence, raid, ambush, capture prisoners, and create havoc in enemy territory. This book recounts the many daring missions that the SEALs undertook to serve their country. It was during the Vietnam War years that their Special Warfare reputation was built, and the heroism of the few brave men detailed here shows why.