The SWCS Academic Handbook is found on soc.mil and contains a lot of information about Selection and Assessment and the Qualification Courses for Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations.
The Ranger Handbook has some basic but important things in it. It is not going to keep you entertained for hours and the illustrations are not very good for knots but it is good to have for the basic things you as a Soldier may forget or need to refresh on. More than anything, I use it as a reference to find what I need to know and if I need to learn about it in more detail I will look it up.
As a commander of Delta Force-the most elite counter-terrorist organization in the world-Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare-and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win-and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, readers will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life’s personal victories than they ever thought possible.
With his parting words “I shall return,” General Douglas MacArthur sealed the fate of the last American forces on Bataan. Yet one young Army Captain named Russell Volckmann refused to surrender. He disappeared into the jungles of north Luzon where he raised a Filipino army of over 22,000 men. For the next three years he led a guerrilla war against the Japanese, killing over 50,000 enemy soldiers. At the same time he established radio contact with MacArthur’s HQ in Australia and directed Allied forces to key enemy positions. When General Yamashita finally surrendered, he made his initial overtures not to MacArthur, but to Volckmann.