• Black Ops, Vietnam

  • An Operational History of MACVSOG
  • By: Robert M. Gillespie
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-03-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (9 ratings)


Without doubt the most unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization consisting of Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Reconnaissance units, the Air Force, and the CIA. Committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major U.S. build-up in 1965, it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots.
During its nine-year existence, MACVSOG participated in most of the significant operations of the conflict, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Tet Offensive, the incursion into Cambodia, the Green Beret murder case, the Phoenix program, and the Son Tay POW raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for today's unconventional warfare. Published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.
The book is published by Naval Institute Press.
©2011 Robert M. Gillespie (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"Fascinating account...Gillespie's book is particulary timely in light of the ongoing fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It demonstrates the hazardous duty that SOG teams endure." ( Military Heritage)
"Assembled from declassified documents and memoirs, Black Ops Vietnam is an in-depth focus on the deeds of this elite group, and its true stories are especially relevant amid today's problematic, complex, and difficult ongoing counter-insurgency operations. Highly recommended." ( The Midwest Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gina on 25-09-13

Excellent book

Would you listen to Black Ops, Vietnam again? Why?

Yes, well written well told.

What did you like best about this story?

Good factual account of a dark period of American history.

What about Paul Heitsch’s performance did you like?

Good solid voice easy to listen too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories of the operatives refusing medals after heroic operations, presidential recognition after so many years!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jrock on 26-03-17

Bad 0 Stars

the only audio book I have ever returned. 0 Stars. The thing sounds like a eulogy.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Klas Mellbourn on 22-08-16

Reads like a telephone book

Perhaps there most boring book I have ever read. The cover indicates a completely different content

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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