Commandos and Politicians: Elite Military Units in Modern Democracies

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Commandos and Politicians: Elite Military Units in Modern Democracies

By Eliot A. Cohen
Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1978
136 pp. $8.95
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A short and rather fascinating study of the roles of special forces such as the Green Berets, French paratroop units, British commandos, and the Israeli Palmach. The author makes clear that these troops, possessing unique military skills, may also have unusual political tasks and allegiances. To romanticize them may be to overlook some dangers to democratic civil-military relations.