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Major Richard J. “Dick” Meadows is renowned in military circles as a key figure in the development of the U.S. Army Special Operations. A highly decorated war veteran of the engagements in Korea and Vietnam, Meadows was instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Delta Force and hostage rescue force. Although he officially retired in 1977, Meadows could never leave the army behind, and he went undercover in the clandestine operations to free American hostages from Iran in 1980. The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces is the only biography of this exemplary soldier’s life. Military historian Alan Hoe offers unique insight into Meadows, having served alongside him in 1960. The Quiet Professional is an insider’s account that gives a human face to U.S. military strategy during the cold war. Major Meadows often claimed that he never achieved anything significant; The Quiet Professional proves otherwise, showcasing one of the great military minds of twentieth-century America.

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  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Epigraphs
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Prologue: Changing the Course of the Vietnam War
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 1. The Early Years: 1932–1947
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. The Young Soldier and Koria: 1947–1952
  2. pp. 25-35
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  1. 3. Special Forces: 1952–1960
  2. pp. 37-43
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  1. 4. A Lighthearted Interlude with the Brits: 1960–1961
  2. pp. 45-59
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  1. 5. Laos and the Learning Curve: 1962
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 6. Panama and the Fun Years: 1962–1965
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 7. Vietnam and RT Ohio: 1965
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. 8. Vietnam Through an Officer's Eyes: 1966–1970
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. 9. They'll Know We Cared: Son Tay, 1970
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. Photo insert
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  1. 10. The Rangers, Mr. Meadows, and Delta Force: 1970–1980
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. 11. "Agent" Meadows in Tehran: 1980
  2. pp. 141-165
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  1. 12. Footloose: 1980–1984
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. 13. Entrepreneur in Peru: 1984–1989
  2. pp. 173-187
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  1. 14. The Golden Days in Peru: 1989–1991
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. 15. The Bubble Bursts in Peru: 1991–1995
  2. pp. 197-209
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  1. 16. A Special Forces Marriage:
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. 17. The Last Patrol
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 223-225
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 227-228
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. Suggested Readings
  2. p. 239
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-253
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813134000
Related ISBN
9780813133997
MARC Record
OCLC
781437496
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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