The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

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University Press of Kentucky
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5.85 X 8.74 X 0.7 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author

Major Alan Hoe (ret.) served in the British Army Special Forces and is the author of several books, including Terrorism: Threat and Response and David Stirling: The Authorized Biography of the Creator of the SAS.


""A great read about a great American warrior, The Quiet Professional captures the essence of this humble but extraordinary Special Forces legend, Major Dick Meadows. From the back alleys of Tehran to the jungles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the terror-stricken villages of Peru, this Green Beret set the standard that we all aspired to achieve but rarely met."--Major John L. Plaster, USA (Ret.), author of SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commanders in Vietnam" --

""There is very little public knowledge of how special-operations forces carry out their work or of the half-century effort to develop a joint doctrine of special-operations tactics and techniques. It is an important story, and few men loom as large in it as Maj. Richard J. Meadows."-- Wall Street Journal" --

""Dick Meadows' iconic status begins with his exploits in MACV-SOG and on the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam. This book documents his singular status in the Special Operations community and is a welcome contribution to the literature of the history of Army Special Operations."--Kenneth Finlayson, Ph.D., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)" --

""Alan Hoe has written another very good book about an unforgettable man and SF soldier who our founder would have approved of and liked. He presents the reader with a rounded portrait of an exceptional officer who found his true metier in service with SF in testing times, a modest man of honour who was contect to be 'The Quiet Professional'... His book uncovers the very essence of Dick Meadows, for he is writing with clarity about a close friend, never an easy task for a biographer." -- Mars & Minerva" --

""A book about one of the greatest legends in the world of U.S. Army special forces, Major Richard Meadows"-- Military Heritage" -- Military

""This is a well written biography of the extraordinary life of a complex man. It should be on the suggested reading list of the Chief of Staff of the Army for Army leaders at every level and should be found in every soldier's professional library."-- Army" --

""This book provides insight into the military career of one of the most courageous soldiers of modern times, and examines the operations of the Special Forces in the Korean and Vietnam wars in addition to hostage crises through the 1980s."-- Tucson Citizen" --

The reader does not receive so much as a lull in the action-seeking adventures... Military

"Every Special Forces soldier should be handed a copy upon becoming an "A-Team" member and told, "This is what it's all about."" -- Military