Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces

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First edition

Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces a non-fiction book written by Tom Clancy with help from General Carl Stiner (Ret.) and Tony Koltz. First Published by Putnam's Sons in February 2002. ISBN 978-0-425-18831-6. The book reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.[1]

This is an account of the transformation of the United States Special Forces from a small core of outsiders in the 1950s, through the fires of the Vietnam War, to the rebirth of the Special Forces in the late 1980s and 1990s. There is a chapter devoted to Office of Strategic Services operations in occupied France during WW2.[2] Much of the book focuses on bureaucratic battles during the formation of the United States Special Operations Command after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw.[2]

It gives firsthand accounts of elite members of the Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Rangers, Air Force Special Operations, PsyOps, Civil Affairs, and other special-mission units performing missions such as: counterterrorism, raids, hostage rescues, reconnaissance, counterinsurgency, and psychological operations.


  1. ^ "NY Times Best Sellers list". NY Times. March 3, 2003. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Lipsey, Dick (April 4, 2002). "Inside US Special Forces with Tom Clancy". Associated Press. Retrieved 8 February 2010.