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Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Special Ops books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

2. Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice (1996)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListVice Adm. William H. McRaven helped to devise the strategy for how to bring down Osama bin Laden, and commanded the courageous U.S. military unit that carried it out on May 1, 2011, ending one of the greatest manhunts in history. In Spec Ops, a well-organized and deeply researched study, McRaven analyzes eight classic special operations. Six are from WWII: the German commando raid on the Belgian fort Eben Emael (1940); the Italian torpedo attack on the Alexandria harbor (1941); the British commando raid on Nazaire, France (1942); the German glider rescue of Benito Mussolini (1943); the British midget-submarine attack on the Tirpitz…
Author(s): William H. McRaven

3. Army Special Ops: The Army Ranger and Special Forces Workout (2019)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListThis is a long time Army Spec Ops (SF / Ranger) workout plan that many have used with success in their Army careers as well as those who do GoRuck Challenges. Updated 2019 with new fitness elements from the OPAT and ACFT (2019) as well as run, rucking, and Army Special Ops training preparation. This book that will help you learn how to prepare for very challenging training. Complete with a 10-week workout to not only ace the next fitness test you have to take to get TO the training but also to get THROUGH the training. You can use the tips, techniques, and tools I have developed over the past 25 years…
Author(s): Stew Smith

4. The Cold Storm: A gripping Special Ops action-thriller (O’Neil) (2019)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListHe thought he’d left the fighting behind him in Afghanistan. He never, in a million years thought it would find him in his own back yard. What is a warrior to do when the law can’t protect them?The first book in this new action-packed thriller series introduces us to Sergeant Roger O’Neil, former U.S. Army Ranger and decorated combat veteran of the Global War on Terror. After years of fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, he returns home to Montana just to find that home is no longer the safe haven he once thought it was. On a winter trip to his late grandfather’s…
Author(s): John Etterlee

5. Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory (2011)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListOperation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on―and what went wrong―in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer led a black-ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban’s resuregence. For a moment he saw us winning the war. Then the military brass got involved. He witnessed firsthand the tipping point, when what seemed like certain victory turned into failure.This wasn’t the first time he had seen bureacracy stand in the way of national security. He had participated in Able Danger, the aborted intelligence operation that identitifed many of the future 9/11 terrorists but…
Author(s): Anthony Shaffer

6. The Special Ops Workout: The Elite Exercise Program Inspired by the United States Special Operations Command (2003)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListDue to recent events, all eyes have been on the American military, especially the elite Special Operations teams: Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALS, and Air Force Special Ops that truly are the best of the best in the military. These teams of specially trained warriors perform the most difficult, politically sensitive, and dangerous missions known to the US military. The Special Ops Workout: The Elite Exercise Program Inspired by the United States Special Operations Command gives an inside look at the intense physical preparation required to become part of one of these elite teams. The…
Author(s): Mike Mejia, Stewart Smith

7. Joe Ledger: Special Ops (2014)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListCaptain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff. If they have to call Joe Ledger – it’s already hit the fan. JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories…
Author(s): Jonathan Maberry

8. One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare (2014)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListOne 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…
Author(s): Linda Robinson

9. The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (2010)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListAdventurous stories of romance all feature the heroes of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Para-Rescue, Green Berets, Army Rangers, and other special forces. This collection includes the work of bestselling romance writers such as Laura Griffin, Marliss Melton, Cheyenne MacCray, Shannon K. Butcher, Stephanie Tyler, and Larissa Ione (writing as Sydney Croft). #2,962,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #11073 in Romance Anthologies (Books) #24313 in Military Romance (Books) #30093 in Short Stories Anthologies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Trisha Telep

10. The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers (2016)

 Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate ListThe Instant New York Times Bestseller by Co-Star of Fox’s American Grit and Legendary Ranger Nick IrvingGroundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown.Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary military career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills…
Author(s): Nicholas Irving, Gary Brozek

Best Special Ops Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some special ops books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Special Ops: Four Accounts of the Military’s Elite Forces

Author(s): Orr Kelly
ID: 2434235, Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Never quit: from Alaskan wilderness rescues to Afghanistan: firefights as an elite special ops PJ

Author(s): Alaska. Air National Guard. Rescue Squadron, 212th;Rearden, Don;Settle, Jimmy
ID: 2572864, Publisher: St. Martin's Press, Year: 2017, Size: 39 Mb, Format: epub

Special ops: four accounts of the military's elite forces

Author(s): Kelly, Orr
ID: 2606940, Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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