American Heroes in Special Operations by Oliver North

By Oliver North

Following the good fortune of American Heroes: within the struggle opposed to Radical Islam (a New York Times most sensible seller), Oliver North strikes from the frontline to the area of shadow warriors, introducing readers to the courageous, noble paintings of military Seals, Rangers, and eco-friendly Berets in American Heroes in particular Operations.

From the sands of Iraq to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, North relays insider tales and full-color photos that depict soul-stirring missions, hidden victories, and determined fights opposed to most unlikely odds. but for those devoted, inspiring patriots, it's "all in a day's work."

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Small Wars was destined to become a minor classic of military literature. It reflects the era in which Callwell wrote, the 'high renaissance' of imperialism. By the end of the nineteenth century, the advantage in small wars had swung definitively in the invader's favour. Yet it had not always been so. Until the mid nineteenth century, imperial soldiers were seldom more advantaged in technology than Cortes, with his tiny arsenal of firearms, three centuries earlier. Indeed, in the East especially, European invaders were at best only equal to their opponents, and sometimes even inferior in firepower against an indigenous enemy able to produce his own muskets and artillery.

The conquest of imperial populations was often a source of dissension both within countries and between them. However, by wrapping themselves in the banner of nationalism, imperialists could surmount the problem of fragile popular support for imperialism. 45 WARS OF EMPIRE THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE supplied the most coherent rationale. Second, nationalism played almost no part. 1860-1 9 1 4 No equivalent of the 'White Man's Burden' existed in Russia. The most Russia~s important support for Russian imperialism came from Pan-Slavism, but this was was a continental~ rather than a seaborne~ empire.

Missionaries, forgetting or ignoring that the Philippines were already Catholic, wanted to secure them for Christianity. The acceptance of a seaborne empire confirmed the views of those who argued that America must take its place as a world power, an extension of Manifest Destiny beyond the shoreline. American theorists became like men of religion who, having preached the virtues of evangelical poverty, suddenly discover the benefits of ministering to a well-heeled parish. They had to work overtime to harmonize their capitalist, anti-imperialist dogma with preferential tariffs and the moral dilemma of ruling subject peoples.

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