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U.S. Special Forces.
By Alan M. & Frieda W. Landau, Terry Griswold, D.M. Giangreco, and Hans Halberstadt.
Publisher: Lowe & B. Hould Publishers (1999). Originally published by MBI Publishing Company in 1992.


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This non-fiction book is hardly reflective of its title - "U.S. Special Forces".  It is in fact three books in one - and not one of the three sections is on Special Forces.  Alan M. and Frieda W. Landau write a section on Airborne Rangers; Terry Griswold and D.M. Giangreco write a section about Delta; and Hans Halberstadt writes a section about the Navy SEALS.  The Navy SEALS and Army Rangers are not Special Forces; and Delta is a special mission unit belonging to JSOC - or Joint Special Operations Command.  Although Delta is composed of mostly Special Forces Soldiers it also has a fair proportion of Rangers and members of other services assigned. There is little mention of any of the seven U.S. Army Special Forces groups (sometimes referred to as "Green Berets") currently in existence (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 19th, and 20th groups) or past groups that have been deactivated (6th, 8th, 11th, and 11th groups).

That being said - it is a very informative book with great photos. Worth having as a reference or to read once or twice.  You just have to get past the fact that the title is extremely misleading!  The books timeline begins in the early to mid-1970s ends just after Desert Storm.  If you want to know about Delta, SEALS, or Rangers this is an excellent book; but if you want to know about U.S. Army Special Forces then pass this one up.