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One Hundred Victories is a portrait of how—after a decade of intensive combat operations—special operations forces have become the go-to force for US military endeavors worldwide.Linda Robinson follows the evolution of special ops in Afghanistan, their longest deployment since Vietnam. She has lived in mud-walled compounds in the mountains and deserts of insurgent-dominateOne Hundred Victories is a portrait of how—after a decade of intensive combat operations—special operations forces have become the go-to force for US military endeavors worldwide.Linda Robinson follows the evolution of special ops in Afghanistan, their longest deployment since Vietnam. She has lived in mud-walled compounds in the mountains and deserts of insurgent-dominated regions, and uses those experiences to show the gritty reality of the challenges the SOF face and the constant danger in which they operate.She witnessed special operators befriending villagers to help them secure their homes, and fighting off insurgents in the most dangerous safe havens even as they navigated a constant series of conflicts, crises, and other “meteors” from conventional forces, the CIA, and the Pakistanis—not to mention weak links within their own ranks. They showed what a tiny band of warriors could do, and could not do, out on the wild frontiers of the next-generation wars.One Hundred Victories also includes the inside story of the dramatic November 2011 cross-border firefight with Pakistan, which sent the US commander into a fury and provoked an international crisis. It describes the murky world of armed factions operating along the world’s longest disputed border, and the chaos and casualties that result when commanders with competing agendas cannot resolve their differences....

Title : One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare
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ISBN : 9781610391498
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare Reviews

  • Casey Hampton
    2018-12-10 19:22

    Q: What is this book?A: A rich source of information providing a clear and concise overview of Special Forces/Special Operations in the Afghan theater. This reads like a captivating lecture or briefing. The focus of this book is accurate information. It is not entertainment or fodder for action movies or bar stories.This book is engaging and thorough. I was fascinated. I became increasingly curious why the information in this book wasn't common knowledge. I wanted to understand why the world news media wasn't showing this side of the war effort. But of course news isn't really about information any more, it's about spin, selling you and me a story that paints a light in a predetermined manner to evoke a feeling or thought. It's unfortunate. Now before you roll your eyes and push away from your desk or handheld device, hold on. I'm not blaming the media, government, political partisanship, or even the American education system. I'm simply stating that the information in this book should be in the forefront of our social consciousness. The fact that it is not is a tragedy.Kirsten Potter narrates the audiobook. I'll admit to feeling some early trepidation, but her reading style and the tone of the material is a fantastic match. Way to go, Random House Audio! You used a competent reader, avoided the temptations of inserting music, and didn't interfere with content. I really enjoyed this production.While author Linda Robinson does mention numerous Special Operation groups, the US. Army's Special Forces and Naval Special Operations are most central. In other words, you get to learn how the Green Berets and SEALs worked to empower the local Afghan population. Contrary to popular belief, life in these units aren't always a recruiting video or poster.

  • May
    2018-11-25 17:47

    i mean, it is what it is. amazing (as in revealing) write up of azizullah worth reading if interested in eastern afghanistan, alp x SOF relationship.

  • Bryn Dunham
    2018-11-25 22:42

    Do not read this book if you are expecting it to be a high speed action packed book like "American Sniper" or "No Easy Day", books geared for the general reader with an interest in military history. This is directed more to people who consider themselves reasonably well read regarding military history and policy. I gave this book 4 stars for informativeness and 2 for tempo and enjoyment to read with an overall 3 stars.The public perception of special ops teams is, especially after the DEVGRU (SEAL Team Six) raid that killed bin Laden, that they are mostly stealthy gunslinging ninjas who hunt, capture, or kill High Value Targets under the cover of darkness. This book explains that yes, they still do that, but their mission has significantly evolved over the previous four years. Spec Op units that spent the first decade after 9/11 killing a lot of bad guys are now being used more and more to help indigenous forces become more self reliant in their own defense. Focusing on Afghanistan, the author explains how special op units are now tasked with forming Afghan Local Police and Village Stability Operations as the best course of action as the US prepares to scale down its presence. As we learn it is no easy task for high speed warriors to conduct tribal and village diplomacy and fight at the same time. I learned a lot but wouldn't recommend it to the military laymen reader. They'd be bored. The author's previous book, "Masters of Chaos: a History of the Special Forces", on the other hand is fascinating and I'd highly recommend that book.

  • Stevejs298
    2018-12-11 01:49

    I found Robinson's book on the Special Operations to be informative. I waxed and waned between hopefulness and hopelessness as to the future of Afghanistan in particular and the war on terror in general. I'm afraid there are enough religiously fanatic, psychotic and/or unhappy people who rather tear down the work of others than build their own, to keep this going indefinitely. I remain in awe of the hard work and dedication of the US and other nation's special forces members.

  • Jerome
    2018-11-20 22:46

    A good, well-written book, both as narrative history of special operations forces in Afghanistan since 2006 and as an assessment of their future.Most Americans tend to think of special operations as dramatic and secretive, commando raids and the like. Special operators are typically seen in popular culture as nothing but door kickers. But they have many other missions as well, especially the training of foreign troops. The real essence of special operations is building relationships and security capabilities with indigenous troops in conflict zones. Robinson also explores how American strategy in Afghanistan has evolved over the years. SOF and conventional forces have become quite integrated over the years, and Robinson highlights the benefits and drawbacks of this.All of these aspects are described in solid narratives of these units in action and a critique of their future.

  • T. Fowler
    2018-12-04 00:38

    This book largely deals with how US Special Forces in Afghanistan evolved from small, aggressive independent teams designed to hunt down high-level targest, but which had no satisfactory organizational presence, to a theatre-level hierarchical organization that was for the first time integrated with overall theatre strategy. In particular, the book describes how Special Forces teams in major provinces sought to implement a new and controverial program, the creation of the Afghan Local Police units. This provides a very interesting widown on the history of Special Forces in the US military and of an innovative new concept in the evolution of counter-insurgency warfare.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-23 00:29

    Interesting & honest look at US assistance in Afghanistan. Info from recently opened govt. files on what we (re)learned from assisting Colombia. Surprisingly well narrated by Kirsten Potter. I haven't liked a female reader this much since Anna Fields (RIP). Loved views & info on Spec.Ops, Marines & Seals there. Will read author again, maybe even this book. Highly recommended.Not fiction. ©2013 audio/text

  • Dimitri
    2018-12-13 00:45

    Great to learn about positive steps in the right direction. This is not about the sexy side of the special forces like raids and assaults but it is still an integral part of who and what they are. Really appreciated the insight! Great read!

  • Frank Kelly
    2018-12-13 18:23

    She is the master of Special Forces - policy, strategy, history. If you are interested in understanding the role and going forward of this division of our military, you should read this.

  • Jack Androski
    2018-12-06 18:45

    Enjoyed Linda Robinson's in dept approach of fighting wars without having to fight them.

  • Matthew Sparling
    2018-11-14 20:40

    This book was not what I expected but it was pretty decent. It was more a collection of stories then it was a teaching tool on special forces.