Magazine May 1, 2017, Issue

Teams of Warriors

Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces, by Mark Moyar (Basic, 432 pp., $30)

Today the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the most deployed and most famous elements of the entire armed forces, their exploits incessantly chronicled not only in the news but also in movies such as Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor. But it is a safe bet that few people outside SOF know much about its history. It is, indeed, hard to think of any books that cover the subject; the volumes that exist, such as Mark Bowden’s first-rate works Black Hawk Down and Guests of the Ayatollah, tend to be accounts of one battle or one episode that refer

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The Week

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