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A true American hero, A high recommendation There are very few American military men with the life and career of General Blackburn We should all hold him in awe. AN INSPIRING STORY POORLY TOLDThe career and accomplishments of General Donald Blackburn, told in Shadow Commander , are amazing and inspiring He was a new soldier when the Philippines were overrun by the Japanese at the outset of WWII, who hid in the jungle and successfully organized a guerilla resistance among the natives Unfortunately, the story is weakly told by author Guardia The writing is pedestrian at best the narrative is littlethan a listing of names, dates and places, rathe AN INSPIRING STORY POORLY TOLDThe career and accomplishments of General Donald Blackburn, told in Shadow Commander , are amazing and inspiring He was a new soldier when the Philippines were overrun by the Japanese at the outset of WWII, who hid in the jungle and successfully organized a guerilla resistance among the natives Unfortunately, the story is weakly told by author Guardia The writing is pedestrian at best the narrative is littlethan a listing of names, dates and places, rather than a compelling and well told story The maps do not always relate clearly to the narrative the author jumps about with times and events, causing the book to be hard to follow at times Overall, worthwhile for the history and inspiration, but not a particularly good read The story of Don Blackburn is an interesting story, but not told well at all Very hard to finish this book which reads like a textbook. This the author s second historical military biography The author was fortunate enough to spend time with Blackburn, in his home, before the general passed away and hence was able to get firsthand accounts from the general himself He was also given unfettered access to the general s papers and photographs There is precious little written about Blackburn other than Blackburn s Headhunters Harkins , written in the 50 s, which omitted much due to the settlement of issues that were still ongoi This the author s second historical military biography The author was fortunate enough to spend time with Blackburn, in his home, before the general passed away and hence was able to get firsthand accounts from the general himself He was also given unfettered access to the general s papers and photographs There is precious little written about Blackburn other than Blackburn s Headhunters Harkins , written in the 50 s, which omitted much due to the settlement of issues that were still ongoing in the Philippines This book offers a modern bridge to readers in the present and brings forth the story of Blackburn, which may otherwise have been forgotten In addition, the author was able to research documents in the National Archives and various US Army institutions The book is not a treatise of the various wars that Blackburn fought in, but isabout the life of a man who spent it serving in his nation s wars The book was awarded the Bronze Medal Book Award from the Military Writers Society of America 2012 The author has BA and MA degrees in History from the University of Houston Shadow commanderA remarkable man and soldier with a distinguished military career I enjoyed reading about the life of this American hero. Great man good book.I thoroughly enjoyed the book but felt as thoughdetail could have made it even better I ll bet his time during WWII was muchdifficult and dangerous than was portrayed. Good biography of an unknown hero Blackburn s accomplishments during world war 2 and The Viet Nam conflict were amazing In spite of battling the politicians and being hand cuffed with silly engagement rules, he developed incredible insurgency forces in the Philippines and Viet Nam. Good book It sounds like General Blackburn was a hell of a soldier I selected the book based on it s portrayal of a soldier behind the Japanese lines in World War II I had no idea that it also contained important historical information about the Vietnam War as well It sounds like Blackburn was a pioneer in modern Black Ops. I received a prepublication copy of this book November 24, 2015 through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google pages along with NetGalley,and Goodreads This is the e book release of an earlier publication It was previously released in 2012 I requested this book because I am an avid reader about American history including the World War II This is the first book by Mike Guardia that I have read.This book i I received a prepublication copy of this book November 24, 2015 through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google pages along with NetGalley,and Goodreads This is the e book release of an earlier publication It was previously released in 2012 I requested this book because I am an avid reader about American history including the World War II This is the first book by Mike Guardia that I have read.This book is well researched and includes several photos from the Blackburn family collection that add to narrative While somewhat biographical in nature, the main focus of the book is Blackburn s serving during World War II in the Philippines serving as a guerrilla forces leader and coordinator The most interesting part of the book for me was the differences between the different Philippine tribal fighters as to their dedication and belief in what they were fighting for The author s writing style is enough to hold your interest, but not on a part with some other biographical authors It is a quick read.I would recommend this book to someone who is interested learningabout the guerrilla actions in the Philippines during World War II or those who may have an interest in learningabout Blackburn himself `DOWNLOAD EPUB ⇞ Shadow Commander: The Epic Story Of Donald D. Blackburn- Guerrilla Leader And Special Forces Hero ☔ The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April ,illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime sky Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill equipped, battered remnants of the American Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, Army Captain Donald D Blackburn refused to lay down his armsWith future SF legend Russell Volckmann, Blackburn escaped from Bataan and fled to the mountainous jungles of North Luzon, where they raised a private army of over , men against the Japanese Once there, Blackburn organized a guerrilla regiment from among the native tribes in the Cagayan Valley Blackburn s Headhunters, as they came to be known, devastated the Japanese th Army within the western provinces of North Luzon and destroyed the Japanese naval base at Aparri the largest enemy anchorage in the PhilippinesAfter the war, Blackburn remained on active duty and played a key role in initiating Special Forces operations in Southeast Asia In , as commander of the th Special Forces Group, he spearheaded Operation White Star in Laos the first major deployment of American Special Forces to a country with an active insurgency Seven years later, Blackburn took command of the highly classified Studies and Observations Group SOG , charged with performing secret missions now that main force Communist incursions were on the riseIn the wake of the CIA s disastrous Leaping Lena program, inBlackburn revitalized the Special Operations campaign in South Vietnam Sending cross border reconnaissance teams into Cambodia and North Vietnam, he discovered the clandestine networks and supply nodes of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail Taking this information directly to General Westland, Blackburn received authorization to conduct full scale operations against the NVA and Viet Cong operating in Laos and Cambodia In combats large and small, the Communists realized they had met a master of insurgent tactics and he was on the US sideFollowing his return to the United States, Blackburn was appointed Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities, where he was the architect of the infamous Son Tay Prison Raid Officially termed Operation Ivory Coast, the Son Tay raid was the largest POW rescue mission and indeed, the largest Special Forces operation of the Vietnam WarDuring a period when United States troops in Southeast Asia faced guerrilla armies on every side, it has been little recognized today that America had a superb covert commander of its own, his guerrilla skills honed in resistance against Japan This book follows Donald D Blackburn through both his youthful days of desperate combat against an Empire, and through his days as a commander, imparting his lessons to the newly realized ranks of America s own Special Forces