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Derek Leebaert

Originally posted August 2006

To Dare And to Conquer

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Military special operations have become well known to Americans in the years since the first Gulf War. We're all familiar, for example, with the laser-guided efficiency that toppled the Taliban just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. But special ops are nothing at all new, says historian Derek Leebaert. His book "To Dare And to Conquer" is a history of several centuries' worth of history-changing commando operations, going back to Biblical days.

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