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SOGSOG: The secret wars of Americas Commandos in Vietnam

As colorful as they were heroic, the S.O.G. commandos won 10 Medals of Honor, dozens of Purple Hearts, Silver Stars, and other awards, and generated some of the most extraordinary stories ever to come out of the Vietnam War. Here are the never-before-revealed exploits of this top secret commando unit as told by a former member and participant. Includes eight pages of photos. National author media.

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Code name BrightlightCode name Brightlight

This well-documented book makes use of numerous interviews with key participants, personal diaries and correspondence, archival research in many repositories, and the unearthing of some material not previously exploited. In particular, Veith has made effective use of the POW/MIA microfilm collection in the Library of Congress, which includes some National Security Agency intercept material that is rarely made public.

Swift water rescueSwiftwater Rescue : A Manual for the Rescue Professional

Slim Ray not only addresses river and flood rescue directly, he also includes those techniques that have become the recognized competency standards among all the river rescue program being taught today in the U.S. He covers variations in techniques from Europe. He thoroughly covers such diverse subjects as basic and advanced equipment; training; pre-planning; boat-based rescues and various rope systems. He looks at many specialized situations such as river searches, night operations, vehicular rescues, weirs, and helicopter rescues. Finally, he looks at the bigger pictures of major flood operations and disaster work involving floods.
Freedom of the HillsMountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

For more than 30 years, novice to expert climbers around the world have relied on this book as the leading textbook on mountaineering skills, techniques, and equipment. Useful as both an introductory and advanced text, this completely revised and updated edition includes sections on new techniques, outdoor fundamentals, first aid, and more. 420 illustrations. 18 photos.

The Perfect Storm The Perfect Storm

Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.

Also available in paperback.

From a dark skyFrom a Dark Sky

Orr Kelly tells for the first time the complete, uncensored history of Air Force special operations: a history that has been up until now shrouded in cover stories, secrecy, and deception. From as far back as the 1940s, with the Army Air Force's successful extraction of scores of downed American pilots and their aid to Nazi partisans to their missions during Desert Storm, Kelly describes all the action. 15 photos.

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