One Hundred Victories

Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

by Linda Robinson

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  • 9781610391504
One 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 insurgents in the most dangerous safe havens even as they navigated a constant series of conflicts, crises, and other “meteors” from conventional forces, the CIA, and the Pakistanis—not to mention weak links within their own ranks. They showed what a tiny band of warriors could do, and could not do, out on the wild frontiers of the next-generation wars.

One Hundred Victories also includes the inside story of the dramatic November 2011 cross-border firefight with Pakistan, which sent the US commander into a fury and provoked an international crisis. It describes the murky world of armed factions operating along the world's longest disputed border, and the chaos and casualties that result when commanders with competing agendas cannot resolve their differences.

  • PublicAffairs; October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781610391504
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In The Press

ARMY Magazine
“Linda Robinson has enhanced her well-deserved reputation as an acclaimed military expert with her latest work, One Hundred Victories. She has appreciably added to the understanding of America's intrepid special operations forces, the ‘quiet professionals' in Afghanistan…One Hundred Victories is Robinson's third book and perhaps her best work to date. The book is a compelling group portrait of America's most dedicated warriors, and it will appeal to both serious and not-so-serious historians alike, as well as the casual observer looking for a good read.”

Howard Altman, Tampa Tribune
“If you want to get a good sense of the main mission of commandoes in Afghanistan, pick up a copy of Linda Robinson's recently released ‘One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare.'”

Booklist
“Sure to appeal to readers of military nonfiction….Ultimately, this isn't really a story about war; it's a story about how an organization—one so complex you might almost call it an organism—evolves under pressure and becomes something better and more efficient than it once was.”


About The Author

Linda Robinson is a senior international policy analyst at RAND. She has been an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center. Her book about the U.S. Army Special Forces, Masters of Chaos, was a New York Times bestseller; Tell Me How This Ends, which is about the Iraq War, was a Foreign Affairs bestseller and a New York Times notable book. Robinson received the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on National Defense in 2005. She has conducted field research on special operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Latin America, and elsewhere over the past twelve years.

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  • 9781610391498
  • 9781610391504