Tony Geraghty

Geraghty, Tony. Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the C.I.A., the S.A.S., and Mossad. New York: Pegasus, 2010.

Peake, Studies 55.2 (Jun. 2011), finds that the author's "39-page introduction ... nicely summarizes the entire book," of which "five of the seven chapters" are devoted to Special Forces (SF) in the United States. Geraghty "shows how SF units have ... developed into a major force in the contemporary battle against terrorism. It is well documented and well worth reading."


Geraghty, Tony. BRIXMIS. London: HarperCollins, 1996. Beyond The Front Line: The Untold Exploits of Britain's Most Daring Cold War Spy Mission. London: HarperCollins, 1996.

Clark comment: BRIXMIS is the acronym for British Military Exchange Mission which operated from 1946 to 1990 in what was, first, the Soviet zone and, later, East Germany under the four-power agreement at the conclusion of World War II.

According to Pope, I&NS 14.1, "this book provides essential knowledge of a major intelligence operation maintained by the three British services for over 40 years." The material is presented in "a polished style of descriptive writing based on many personal interviews and accounts." Peake, Studies 46.4, comments that, although this book does not have endnotes, "it merits serious attention.... The interactions between the members of BRIXMIS and their Soviet counterparts are often humorous and always fascinating.... The mission was an extraordinary success and Geraghty gives a splendid account." See also, Wylde, ed., The Story of Brixmis, 1946-1990 (1993).


Geraghty, Tony. Inside the SAS: 1950-1980. Nashville, TN: Battery Press, 1981. [pb] New York: Random House, 1981. 1982. [pb]


Geraghty, Tony. The Irish War: A Military History of a Domestic Conflict. London: HarperCollins, 1998. The Irish War: The Hidden Conflict Between the IRA and British Intelligence. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins, 2000. 2002. [pb]

A reviewer for Publisher's Weekly, 8 May 2000, comments that the portion of the book dealing with the last 30 years is "highly opinionated." Nevertheless, the book's strengths are found in "its attention to detail and its direct, potent writing." Moore, Library Journal, 15 Apr. 2000, finds that "[t]he role of British Intelligence in Ulster has never been so deeply explored." While the book is "[n]ot objectively written," it is "clearly well researched."


Geraghty, Tony. Who Dares Wins: The Story of the Special Air Service, 1950-1980. London: Arms & Armour Press, 1980. [pb] London: HarperCollins, 1981. Who Dares Wins: The Special Air Service, 1950 to the Gulf War. London: Time Warner, 2002.


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