Book To dare and to conquer : special operations and the destiny of nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda / Derek Leebaert.
Publication year: 2007.
Call Number U262 .L442 2007 ; U262 .L22 2007
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books
ISBN: 0316014230 9780316014236 9780316143844 0316143847
Originally published: New York : Little Brown, 2006.
Extent: vii, 671 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Who dares wins : Special operations, special forces, special targets -- Even Troy must fall : Hidden ways, from the wooden horse to the rise of Macedon ca. 1200 to ca. 400 B.C. -- Birth of world power : Longer reach, from Alexander to the barbarian invasions of Rome, ca. 356 B.C. to fifth century A.D. -- Terrible few : Cracks in the edifice, from the fall of Rome to the fading of the feudal order, 476-1300 -- Great wheel turns : When nothing else works in a time of gunpowder, learning, and engineering, 1300-1500 -- War of the worlds : When only a few could go, Aztecs and Incas meet the Conquistadors, 1500-1600 -- No peace beyond the line : Naval special warfare, pirates, buccaneers, and the imperialists they preyed on, 1522-1689 -- Hazard of the new fortunes : Specialization and enterprise, Europe from the westward discovery to the zenith of the sun king, 1492-1701 -- Old world and the new : Point of the lance in Europe, India, and North America, 1700-1775 -- To try men's souls : Continent to make and few to do it, the American Revolution and its enemies, 1775-1807 -- Fate of glory : Special operations in the biggest war yet, the French Revolution and its aftermaths, 1789-1830 -- New frontiers : Where special talents apply, National revolt and global ambition, 1830-1861 -- Strange fulfillments : Newer tasks for the daring few as steam and machinery transform the struggle, 1861-1902 -- From spark to flame : Alternative means, Kitty Hawk to the end of all wars, 1903-1918 -- Sinister twilight : Dangerous young men, the unreal peace, 1919-1939 -- So far, the main event : Anything goes, the stakes of totalitarian conquest, 1939-1945 -- Dawn like thunder : Here to stay, new strengths, new dangers, 1945-1961 -- Invasion from the future : From both sides now, 1961-2010.