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SOG

The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam
Written by: John L. Plaster
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
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John Plaster’s riveting account of his covert activities as a member of a special operations team during the Vietnam War is “a true insider’s account, this eye-opening report will leave readers feeling as if they’ve been given a hot scoop on a highly classified project” (Publishers Weekly).

Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most secret elite US military unit to serve in the Vietnam War - so secret that its very existence was denied by the government. Composed entirely of volunteers from such ace fighting units as the Army Green Berets, Air Force Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, SOG took on the most dangerous covert assignments in the deadliest and most forbidding theaters of operation. 

In SOG, Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping exploits of these true American warriors in a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of the group’s stunning operations behind enemy lines - penetrating heavily defended North Vietnamese military facilities, holding off mass enemy attacks, launching daring missions to rescue downed US pilots. Some of the most extraordinary true stories of honor and heroism in the history of the US military, from sabotage to espionage to hand-to-hand combat, Plaster’s account is “a detailed history of this little-known aspect of the Vietnam War...a worthy act of historical rescue from an unjustified, willed oblivion” (The New York Times).

©1997 John L. Plaster. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Lee Ward
  • 2019-03-06

More, give me more.

Hardly anybody talks about SOG. Survivors who fought this way have something to say. It took 22 years from Plaster's hardcover in 1997 to get 2019 on Audible. It's 14 hours of epic audio content on the Secret Wars.

Plaster provided harrowing accounts and even a little analysis. So many SOG teams disappeared. Tactics on each side changed daily. Strategic reconnaissance missions and unconventional warfare behind enemy lines, some mastery over fear, that's what it's about.

We got Nick Brokhausen's book 'We Few' on Audible. We got Lynne M. Black's book 'Whisky Tango Foxtrot' (but not yet on Audible). SOG warriors have memories, and listeners are like wolves to get the scent of it. This will never end 'cause we should have more.

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  • David Ginaitis
  • 2019-02-25

Wow

Great group of stories a TON of black operational action. We need more from the Vietnam vets, to understand in detail what they went through. I’ll read it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-02

Amazing

I’ve read and listened to hundreds of military books and the stories contained within this book are some of the best. They are historically accurate and tell the amazing story of this special operations community during the Vietnam war.

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  • Hans
  • 2019-06-02

Fascinating and funny, mostly

This is a history of a mostly-unknown facet of the Vietnam War and giving credit to some really amazing people for what they did there.

The first portion outlines complicated organization tables and narrates long lists of individuals, If you don't know any of those people it's deadly boring. After half an hour I was ready to shut the book down and return it, Instead, I skipped ahead two chapters, where it became more interesting. Much of the book was fascinating, but suffered from a lack of continuity – not truly a story but a series of vignettes. Some of it was funny. One part was so funny I doubled over laughing and almost fell down. Truth.

There are a whole lot of names, home towns and personnel details throughout the book giving credit to some truly heroic men. This dies not make for an interesting book, but these guys truly deserve credit.. I was there as a REMF, frightened by every RPG that came within a hundred yards.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-06-10

Possibly the best Vietnam book on audible

I have listened to just about every SF book out there and this one takes the cake.

You will be emotionally invested in the stories of these men. You will feel the heartbreak as you listen to tragic ends for dauntless soldiers, laugh alongside them (the Bicycle story is one of the high points of the book), and be unable to stop listening as you hear story after story of bone-chilling danger.

Buy this book and honor these men as they were the best we had in that war

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-06

American Spartans

Truley these men are the American Spartans. The depth of their courage is unknowable .Thank God for such men

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  • Norm
  • 2019-06-01

Great book. Lots of details.

Narrator takes a little time to get used to, but it is a great book, that gives a inside look of what was going on covertly in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-17

Stunningly detailed, amazing action & bravery!!!

This is the best of approximately 50 Nam combat books i have read/heard. Intense hardcore action throughout, briefly detailing the total mental & physical feats of human limits done by true American service heros...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-15

Great historical narrative

Overall, a very good book. Some readers will get lost in all the minutiae and details but it appears to be a great historical narrative. Some parts are morning and dry while others are funny. The story about the NVA general "bicycle" had me laughing so hard I almost crashed. I literally had to pull over. I would recommend this book for those wanting to hear a precise history of SOG.

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  • Curtis
  • 2019-05-06

excellent look into what went on behind enemy line

great story for anyone who wants to see what these people really go through/went through.