America's Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day

Author(s): Chris McNab

20th Century Warfare

America's Elites takes the reader through some of the most dramatic special forces operations in US history, from sniping British commanders during the Revolutionary War to Riverine incursions in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and from demolition missions on D-Day to the SEAL assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011. Training and selection procedures are explained in detail, and the book also describes some of the technologies that have separated regular soldiers from their Special Forces counterparts. Illustrated throughout with striking photography and artworks, America's Elites forms the most comprehensive and visually impressive single-volume guide to US Special Forces available.


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The definitive illustrated history of American Special Forces, including their training, tactics, weapons and famous missions.

This book is a great overview of the men and women that make up the most elite warriors of our time. The operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Granada and Pakistan show how our nation depends on these people to be our first and most formidable line of human defense and offense in a dangerous world. Lastly the author tells of the raid on Bin Laden's hideout where SEAL Team 6 brings that terrorist to justice. "The San Francisco Book Review (July 22, 2013)" Here is a complete survey of how the US Army, Navy, and Air Force developed and used the concept of elite soldiers, considering key operations, training, and technology that separates them from regular soldiers. The combination of striking artworks and in-depth history makes this a 'must' for any military holding. "The Midwest Book Review (July 2013)""

Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 25 books, including Twentieth Century Small Arms (2001), Gunfighters -The Outlaws and their weapons (2005, contributing editor), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002) and The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000). He is the co-author of Tools of Violence (2008) and has recently completed Hitler's Armies (2011), both for Osprey. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, including African-American Biographies (2006), USA 1950s (2006) and Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq.

Introduction /Chapter 1: Colonial and Civil War Warriors /Chapter 2: Elite Troops of World War II /Chapter 3: Vietnam and Cold War Special Forces / Chapter 4: The post-Vietnam Special Operations Forces 1975-2000 / Chapter 5: New Wars / Conclusion /Index

General Fields

  • : 9781780962849
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : November 2013
  • : 241mm X 190mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chris McNab
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 356.160973
  • : 376
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.)