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eBook Secret Armies ePub

by James Adams

  • ISBN: 0091734525
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: James Adams
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (1988)
  • Pages: 320
  • ePub book: 1633 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1631 kb
  • Other: lrf lit mbr txt
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 108

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See a Problem? We’d love your help. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Secret Armies: Inside the American, Soviet and European Special Forces.

Secret Armies: The Full Story of the SAS, Delta Force, and Spetsnaz. While this book claimed to provide the inside story of the world's elite special forces, all it really did was highlite past missions. Between beraiding the US capabilities and predicting WWIII, Adams never really gives us any story that wasn't in the paper.

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Adams, defense correspondent for the London Sunday Times, compares . British and Soviet special forces, giving the latter an A, the Brits a B, the bumbling Yanks an F. Providing new material on the structure, training and combat experience of Spetzsnaz, the Soviet's secret army, Adams shows how superior it is in operational capability compared to its .

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James Truslow Adams (October 18, 1878 – May 18, 1949) was an American writer and historian. He was a freelance author who helped to popularize the latest scholarship about American history and his three-volume history of New England is well regarded. He was a freelance author who helped to popularize the latest scholarship about American history and his three-volume history of New England is well regarded by scholars. He coined the phrase "American Dream" in his 1931 book The Epic of America. Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a wealthy family, the son of Elizabeth Harper (née Truslow) and William Newton Adams Jr.

Manufacturer: Bantam Release date: 1 April 1989 ISBN-10 : 0553281623 ISBN-13: 9780553281620.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, James Adams, the Defence Correspondent for the London Sunday Times, reveals the triumphs and disasters of these secret armies and guerrilla warfare since 1945, including a mission by Britain's SAS to put down a coup in Gambia i. .

Drawing on previously unpublished material, James Adams, the Defence Correspondent for the London Sunday Times, reveals the triumphs and disasters of these secret armies and guerrilla warfare since 1945, including a mission by Britain's SAS to put down a coup in Gambia in 1971 and the debacle of the US invasion of Grenada in 1982.

Bibliographic Details. Book is used and has been withdrawn from service from a Library. Book has a Library Binding and the usual Library Stamps, Stickers, Card Holder, Library Markings. May or May Not have a Dust Jacket.

Bibliographic Details Publisher: London : Hutchinson. Publication Date: 1988.

With Jonathan Adams, Barry Aird, Marc Ambinder, John Ashcroft. But who are these secret forces? What are their covert methods? And, can they be trusted to protect the interests of the American people?

With Jonathan Adams, Barry Aird, Marc Ambinder, John Ashcroft. without leaving a trace. But who are these secret forces? What are their covert methods? And, can they be trusted to protect the interests of the American people? Delve into the clandestine operations of the United States most expertly trained secret weapons. But what exactly are these surreptitious services designed to do-and whom do these.

Book is used and has been withdrawn from service from a Library. Book has a Library Binding and the usual Library Stamps, Stickers, Card Holder, Library Markings. May or May Not have a Dust Jacket.

Comments

Bludsong Bludsong
An eye opening history of both special forces around the globe and the growth of terrorism.
Jeb Jeb
As a solid historical synthesis and commentary, this book should be judged based on what it sought to be: a concise synthesis of the history of SpecOps, with a focus on the significance of SpecOps for the Cold War. The synthesis was intended to be timely and accessible to popular audiences, useful to policymakers who were not specialists in the field, but wanted to have a birds-eye view, but also not too controversial to the modal perspective among specialists. This last agenda is of course the hardest to achieve, because Military Science and Military History are rich with pet-theory-mongers, special-interest storytellers, and revisionists with an agenda. In my opinion, the book succeeds in its first two missions. As I am not a Military Scholar specialist, I can only surmise based on the tone of some of the reviewers that Adams has managed to inflame the indignation of at least some extremes along the continuum of theorists and pundits.

One of the previous reviewers seems to have gathered the take-home message that "the West was the cause of the suffering" during the Cold War!?! Did you actually READ the book?

The third reviewer appears to have had his ego-bruised by Adams recounting of the many mistakes resulting from very deeply-ingrained structural, organizational, and cultural inflexibilities in the US military, and lack of harmony in SpecOps-Conventional relations/competition in particular.

If there is one thing military men are even more keen to fight over than territory-in-war, it is authority and funding from their respective governments, especially during times of relative peace. It is one thing to be "for your side," and ideally a totally separate thing to be "critical of your sides mistakes." We only avoid repeating the mistakes of history by being as objective about it as we can be.

As the book progresses, Adams marshals a strong argument that Spetsnaz had a better track record of successful operations, that SAS was also at times quite effective, but that US SpecOps up to that date had been neglected, misused, misunderstood, poorly supported, and poorly integrated into the US Military Command Structure and dogma. Adams simply synthesized the broader historical background for this empirical generalization at a time when it was a very hot topic. No doubt, even if these generalizations are factual, they are now HIGHLY dated. But after all, that is the point of history.

I'm about half way through the book and I haven't encountered any reference that are so invidious as SAS="B Grade" Spetsnaz="A Grade" etc. Adams does indeed tell in concise detail about some of the key successes and failures of the SpecOps groups of each nation. I have not encountered anything language that I'd deem "contemptuous" toward the valor, the committment or the good-intentions of any branch of the US military. The only thing about which he seems remotely contemptuous is his discussion of totalitarian, ruthless East-Bloc policies and actions, to which he was clearly opposed. He points out quite aptly that, it is far easier for a totalitarian state to be effective at covert warfare.

I find his coverage to be nicely balanced b/w synthesis and detail, and while neither congratulatory of either East nor West, he is also not deluded by his obviously "pro-Western" sentiments. The prose is flowing, informative and concise without being opinionated. It reads easily. The book will be of interest to a wide-range of military historians, political historians, and enthusiasts.

Jingoist pro-Americans looking for a pro-Democracy pep-talk ala "Rocky IV," as well indignant socialists seeking additional strands for the latest anti-Western conspiracy theory will probably find the book to be a disappointment.
Flarik Flarik
If you are interested in military history and warfare Secret Armies will give you a peek into the military lifestyle.

Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
Xtreem Xtreem
Recommended reading for those looking for the truth regarding the undercover war between the East and West from WW2. Hostages, terror attacks, invasions, and counter insurgancy by Delta Force, SAS, and Spetsnaz are covered in fine detail; the overzealous tactics by the Reagan administration (involvement in Grenada, Contas, Vietnam, Iran/Iraq war, Angola), in achieving their selfish goals still leaves a sour taste in this reviewers mouth; yet again this book proves that the USA's world babysitter mentality, has caused more misery in the world than has stopped. An eye-opener, although with end of Cold War- rather dated commentary today.
Agalen Agalen
While this book claimed to provide the inside story of the world's elite special forces, all it really did was highlite past missions. Between beraiding the US capabilities and predicting WWIII, Adams never really gives us any story that wasn't in the paper. Anyway, try the Commandos by Douglas Waller if you want a good account of US elite fighters.