Top 10 Green Beret Books

Check out this list of recommended Top 10 list of Green Beret books and learn more about these Special Forces warriors.

The Green Berets are the most elite branch of the U.S. Army as Special Forces soldiers. They conduct unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism.


This is a great book written by Dick Couch.

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior gives you an inside look behind the scenes into what it take to be a part of the team.

From training to the battle field this book details it all.

Former Navy SEAL Dick Couch, who also wrote “Down Range” writes about the fighting, teaching and living in the worlds hot spots to defend democracy.

I just ordered a copy of it and will be doing a review soon for our SGPT members.

The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets by Tony Schwalm

Just picked up a copy of The Guerrilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets.

This book looks behind the scenes to find out what it takes to become one of America’s elite fighters.

Great info on how to get through qualification (Q course) at Ft Bragg with is harsh elimination and super tough obstacles where over 60 percent plus fail.

We recommend you add this one to your list and read it cover to cover.


How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan by Eric Blehm

Have had a copy of The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan (P.S.) for the past year and really liked this book.

Author Eric Blehm tells the story of these unconventional soldiers led by Captain Jason Amerine.

These operators kicked @ss on the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan.

 by Ronald Fry

The book Hammerhead Six: How Green Berets Waged an Unconventional War Against the Taliban to Win in Afghanistan’s Deadly Pech Valley is a story that happened about two years before the firefight from Lone Survivor and still remains a legend today.

This highly skilled team lead a successful mission in Afghanistan’s notorious Pech Valley that was led by Captain Ronald Fry.

The book describes the unconventional warfare to “win hearts and minds” to fight against this terrorist Taliban and push them back.

The GREEN BERETS by Robin Moore

The book The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army’s Elite Special Forces Unit has a foreword by Major General Thomas R. Csrnko with great info on the past history and what will become in the future of this elite fighting unit.

Despite being many years old this book stands as an enduring classic dating back from the Vietnam war.

Time magazine calls this “War at uncommonly close quarters.”

If you like the book “The Hunt for Bin Laden” by Robin Moore you will like this book.

LEGEND by Eric Blehm

The book Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret’s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines by Blehm, Eric (2015) Hardcover is a harrowing story from the Vietnam War of one Green Beret’s heroic mission to rescue a Special Forces team caught behind enemy lines.

This is a riveting story that only a great author like Eric can tell properly.

If you liked “Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown” you will love “Legend”.


The book Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds is the story of one of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before.

Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat there.

This is a gripping story that brings you into the smell and feel of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan

Get Selected for Special Forces

The book Get Selected! For Special Forces (1st) (12.2.2005) shows you how to successfully complete the assessment and selection process.

If you are just starting the path to get into the pipeline this is a great read that will help you step by step to prepare for the journey ahead.

This gets a bunch of great reviews on Amazon and one reviewer called it the Holy Grail for training.

You will still have to go out and do the hard work.

Horse Soldiers
The book Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.

Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.

From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory.

 Kill Bin Laden

the book Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man is described as the “The best book ever written by a special operations insider.

This guy Dalton Fury and his men are the real-deal Delta Force operators. The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world―one of such magnitude that it couldn’t be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. The task was handed to roughly forty members of America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit: the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force. This is the true story of one Delta Force commander’s hunt to kill a terrorist leader.

You need to know what happened at Tora Bora, and this great book will tell you.” ―Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of They Just Don’t Get It and On the Hunt, and FOX News special ops and counterterrorism analyst

SNAKE EATER by Don Bendell

The book Snake-Eater by Don Bendell (Vietnam Special Forces Series, Book 4) from Books In

These unconventional operators fought a war without rules, and taught the enemy the legend of the Green Beret. No fighting men in the world were a match for the U.S. Army Special Forces, the men of the Green Beret. But in the chaos of Vietnam, where enemies, allies, friends, and traitors all shared a landscape of terror, the Green Berets had to develop their own tactics and draw closer to the only people they could trust: each other.

Don Bendell looks back at life and death at A-Team Camp 242, Dak Pek. From clandestine missions alongside the fierce and proud Montagnard tribesman to wild rides in bullet-riddled Hueys, Bendell tells of firefights, LRRP missions, dust-offs, air strikes, prisoner interrogations, and acts of courage. Most of all, Bendell captures the spirit of the men who were there.

MASTER of Chaos by Linda Robinson

The book Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces explains the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have given the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, a central role in American military action like never before. Several hundred U.S. Special Forces operators helped a motley band of Afghan rebels orchestrate a stunning rout when they overthrew the Taliban after 9/11.

In Iraq, as journalist Linda Robinson explains in Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces, Special Forces units were the main U.S. elements on the ground in the northern and western regions of the country, where they defeated government forces that outnumbered them many times over. Robinson tells the story of the Special Forces through the eyes of a few of its more colorful personalities, men with call signs like Rawhide and Killer.

She follows them around the world from Panama and El Salvador to Somalia, Kosovo, and, finally, Afghanistan and Iraq. Surprisingly, however, she devotes only a few pages to the Green Beret-led victory in Afghanistan, even though it was arguably their greatest achievement since they were created after World War II.

To Be a U.S. Army Green Beret by Gerry Schumacher
To Be a U.S. Army Green Beret
The Green Berets’ motto is “Liberate the Oppressed,” and it takes extremely capable and highly trained individuals to carry out their operations in the world’s most dangerous and unforgiving locales. They operate behind enemy lines, sometimes for months at a time, are trained to work in all climates and cultures, and have a “no surrender” will of spirit if ever taken prisoner.

This book provides an insider’s view of what it takes to become a member of the Army’s Special Forces, the elite Green Berets. It describes the skills they learn and equipment and tactics used to engage in unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, special reconnaissance, anti-terrorism missions, information operations, and counter-proliferation.

Question: Where can I learn more and join up with the Army Special Forces? Check out the website here:

Question: Do Navy SEALs ever go through Green Beret training.

Answer: As a Radioman for my platoon I was sent to Fort Benning, North Carolina to attend morse code school with the Green Berets. I really enjoyed working with those guys and appreciate all that they do. I just heard from one of them the other day and he was doing good.

They go through a strenuous evaluation process in order to wear the Green Beret. In the past you had to serve for three years in the Army with a good record before applying to this job. But now you can apply right after you finish Army boot camp. After that – you must pass the three week Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS). To get into this course, you must meet some basic physical fitness requirements by scoring a minimum of 260 on the Army physical fitness test for the 17-to-21 age group.

I like the aspect that you have to serve three years before applying. It allows a soldier time to develop their skills and show their acumen before they apply to a top level operator position. This is good for the Army as they end up with a seasoned soldier that has worked their way up the ranks and also has shown their dependability with a good track record.

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