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786: 4/4 Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie
Image: A Montagnard tribesman during training in 1962. Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie (https://www.amazon.com/Robert-M-Gillespie/e/B0050OSD0K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   During the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization that consisted of personnel from Army Special Forces, the Air Force, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance units, and the CIA. This secret organization was committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major build-up of U.S. forces in 1965, and it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots in its varied reconnaissance, naval, air, and agent operations.        MACVSOG was without doubt a unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, since its operational mandate authorized its missions to take place “over the fence” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where most other American units were forbidden to go. During its nine-year existence, it managed to participate in most of the significant operations and incidents of the conflict. MACVSOG was there during the Gulf of Tonkin incidents, during air operations over North Vietnam, the Tet Offensive, the secret bombing of and ground incursion into Cambodia, Operation Lam Son 719, the Green Beret murder case, the Easter Invasion, the Phoenix Program, and the Son Tay POW Raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for combined-arms, multinational, unconventional warfare in the post-9/11 age.        Unlike previous works on the subject, Black Ops, Vietnamis a complete chronological history of the unit drawn from declassified documents, memoirs, and previous works on the subject, which tended to focus only on particular aspects of the unit’s operations.   https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ops-Vietnam-Operational-History-ebook/dp/B005N93GCC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1606610865&sr=1-1
Nov 28
9 min
786:  3/4 Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie
Image:  2 August 1964: A North Vietnamese P-4 under fire from Maddox.   Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie (https://www.amazon.com/Robert-M-Gillespie/e/B0050OSD0K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   During the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization that consisted of personnel from Army Special Forces, the Air Force, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance units, and the CIA. This secret organization was committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major build-up of U.S. forces in 1965, and it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots in its varied reconnaissance, naval, air, and agent operations.        MACVSOG was without doubt a unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, since its operational mandate authorized its missions to take place “over the fence” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where most other American units were forbidden to go. During its nine-year existence, it managed to participate in most of the significant operations and incidents of the conflict. MACVSOG was there during the Gulf of Tonkin incidents, during air operations over North Vietnam, the Tet Offensive, the secret bombing of and ground incursion into Cambodia, Operation Lam Son 719, the Green Beret murder case, the Easter Invasion, the Phoenix Program, and the Son Tay POW Raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for combined-arms, multinational, unconventional warfare in the post-9/11 age.        Unlike previous works on the subject, Black Ops, Vietnamis a complete chronological history of the unit drawn from declassified documents, memoirs, and previous works on the subject, which tended to focus only on particular aspects of the unit’s operations.   https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ops-Vietnam-Operational-History-ebook/dp/B005N93GCC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1606610865&sr=1-1
Nov 28
14 min
786: 2/4 Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie
Image: North Vietnamese troops on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos, photographed by a hidden SOG recon team. Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie (https://www.amazon.com/Robert-M-Gillespie/e/B0050OSD0K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   During the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization that consisted of personnel from Army Special Forces, the Air Force, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance units, and the CIA. This secret organization was committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major build-up of U.S. forces in 1965, and it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots in its varied reconnaissance, naval, air, and agent operations.        MACVSOG was without doubt a unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, since its operational mandate authorized its missions to take place “over the fence” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where most other American units were forbidden to go. During its nine-year existence, it managed to participate in most of the significant operations and incidents of the conflict. MACVSOG was there during the Gulf of Tonkin incidents, during air operations over North Vietnam, the Tet Offensive, the secret bombing of and ground incursion into Cambodia, Operation Lam Son 719, the Green Beret murder case, the Easter Invasion, the Phoenix Program, and the Son Tay POW Raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for combined-arms, multinational, unconventional warfare in the post-9/11 age.        Unlike previous works on the subject, Black Ops, Vietnamis a complete chronological history of the unit drawn from declassified documents, memoirs, and previous works on the subject, which tended to focus only on particular aspects of the unit’s operations.    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ops-Vietnam-Operational-History-ebook/dp/B005N93GCC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1606610865&sr=1-1
Nov 28
8 min
786: 1/4 Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie
Image:  Never assigned an official crest or patch, SOG personnel accepted this unofficial, self-designed insignia   Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG,  by Robert M. Gillespie (https://www.amazon.com/Robert-M-Gillespie/e/B0050OSD0K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   During the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization that consisted of personnel from Army Special Forces, the Air Force, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance units, and the CIA. This secret organization was committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major build-up of U.S. forces in 1965, and it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots in its varied reconnaissance, naval, air, and agent operations.        MACVSOG was without doubt a unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, since its operational mandate authorized its missions to take place “over the fence” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where most other American units were forbidden to go. During its nine-year existence, it managed to participate in most of the significant operations and incidents of the conflict. MACVSOG was there during the Gulf of Tonkin incidents, during air operations over North Vietnam, the Tet Offensive, the secret bombing of and ground incursion into Cambodia, Operation Lam Son 719, the Green Beret murder case, the Easter Invasion, the Phoenix Program, and the Son Tay POW Raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for combined-arms, multinational, unconventional warfare in the post-9/11 age.        Unlike previous works on the subject, Black Ops, Vietnamis a complete chronological history of the unit drawn from declassified documents, memoirs, and previous works on the subject, which tended to focus only on particular aspects of the unit’s operations.   https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ops-Vietnam-Operational-History-ebook/dp/B005N93GCC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1606610865&sr=1-1
Nov 28
12 min
785: 4/4   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by
Image:  Britain's shortage of cotton was partially made up by imports from India and Egypt; Punch cartoon 16 November 1861.  A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman (https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Foreman/e/B001IGLTDM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1) The acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.        Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years, the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative.        Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation.        In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fireis a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time.  https://www.amazon.com/World-Fire-Britains-Crucial-American-ebook/dp/B004J4WN2G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Amanda+Foreman&qid=1606612820&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Nov 28
10 min
785: 3/4   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman
Image:  HMS Agincourt was a Minotaur-class (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur-class_ironclad) armoured frigate (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armoured_frigate) built for the Royal Navy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy) during the 1860s. Photographed after the completion of her 1875-1877 refit, when alternate gunports were enlarged to accommodate larger muzzle-loading rifles.   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman (https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Foreman/e/B001IGLTDM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1) The acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.        Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years, the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative.        Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation.        In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fireis a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time.  https://www.amazon.com/World-Fire-Britains-Crucial-American-ebook/dp/B004J4WN2G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Amanda+Foreman&qid=1606612820&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Nov 28
12 min
785: 2/4   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman
Image: Cotton field, American South.    A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman (https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Foreman/e/B001IGLTDM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1) The acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.        Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years, the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative.        Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation.        In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fireis a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time.  https://www.amazon.com/World-Fire-Britains-Crucial-American-ebook/dp/B004J4WN2G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Amanda+Foreman&qid=1606612820&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Nov 28
10 min
785:  1/4   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman
Image: Mrs. Washington A. Roebling, residence at 64 S. Battery, Charleston, South Carolina. White azaleas and tree.   A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman (https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Foreman/e/B001IGLTDM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1) The acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.        Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years, the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative.        Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation.        In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fireis a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time.  https://www.amazon.com/World-Fire-Britains-Crucial-American-ebook/dp/B004J4WN2G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Amanda+Foreman&qid=1606612820&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Nov 28
11 min
784: Appetite for America: 2of2:  Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time Kindle Edition. by Stephen Fried  (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition
Photo: No known restrictions on publication. 1940. Railroad station, Jefferson City, Missouri   http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Parler & Twitter: @BatchelorShow Appetite for America: 2of2:  Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time Kindle Edition. by Stephen Fried (https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Fried/e/B000AQU40K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Appetite-America-Business-Civilizing-West-One-ebook/dp/B0036S4A7M/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Harvey+Girls+Fried&qid=1606612913&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generations—from the 1880s all the way through World War II—and still influence our lives today in surprising and fascinating ways. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the life of this unlikely American hero, the founding father of the nation’s service industry, whose remarkable family business civilized the West and introduced America to Americans. Appetite for America is the incredible real-life story of Fred Harvey—told in depth for the first time ever—as well as the story of this country’s expansion into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, of the great days of the railroad, of a time when a deal could still be made with a handshake and the United States was still uniting. As a young immigrant, Fred Harvey worked his way up from dishwasher to household name: He was Ray Kroc before McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott before Marriott Hotels, Howard Schultz before Starbucks. His eating houses and hotels along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including historic lodges still in use at the Grand Canyon) were patronized by princes, presidents, and countless ordinary travelers looking for the best cup of coffee in the country. Harvey’s staff of carefully screened single young women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first female workforce and became genuine Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland. With the verve and passion of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the story of how this visionary built his business from a single lunch counter into a family empire whose marketing and innovations we still encounter in myriad ways. Inspiring, instructive, and hugely entertaining, Appetite for America is historical biography that is as richly rewarding as a slice of fresh apple pie—and every bit as satisfying.
Nov 28
9 min
784: Appetite for America: 1of2:  Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time Kindle Edition. by Stephen Fried  (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition
Photo: No known restrictions on publication.1940  Railroad station. Carson City, Nevada   http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Parler & Twitter: @BatchelorShow Appetite for America: 1of2:  Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time Kindle Edition. by Stephen Fried (https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Fried/e/B000AQU40K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)   (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Appetite-America-Business-Civilizing-West-One-ebook/dp/B0036S4A7M/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Harvey+Girls+Fried&qid=1606612913&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generations—from the 1880s all the way through World War II—and still influence our lives today in surprising and fascinating ways. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the life of this unlikely American hero, the founding father of the nation’s service industry, whose remarkable family business civilized the West and introduced America to Americans. Appetite for America is the incredible real-life story of Fred Harvey—told in depth for the first time ever—as well as the story of this country’s expansion into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, of the great days of the railroad, of a time when a deal could still be made with a handshake and the United States was still uniting. As a young immigrant, Fred Harvey worked his way up from dishwasher to household name: He was Ray Kroc before McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott before Marriott Hotels, Howard Schultz before Starbucks. His eating houses and hotels along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including historic lodges still in use at the Grand Canyon) were patronized by princes, presidents, and countless ordinary travelers looking for the best cup of coffee in the country. Harvey’s staff of carefully screened single young women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first female workforce and became genuine Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland. With the verve and passion of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the story of how this visionary built his business from a single lunch counter into a family empire whose marketing and innovations we still encounter in myriad ways. Inspiring, instructive, and hugely entertaining, Appetite for America is historical biography that is as richly rewarding as a slice of fresh apple pie—and every bit as satisfying.
Nov 28
12 min
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