Hunter, Charles N. [COL/USA]

1. Galahad. San Antonio, TX: Naylor, 1963.

The author participated in the organization and training of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), which carried the codename Galahad and came to be known as Merrill's Marauders, after the unit's commanding officer, Brig. Gen. (later Maj. Gen.) Frank D. Merrill. Hunter served as Galahad's executive officer (second in command) and often as its commanding officer. He is scathing in his assessment of Gen Joseph Stilwell as commander of the war in Burma.

2. "Galahad: Intelligence Aspects." Studies in Intelligence 5, no. 1 (Winter 1961): A1-A27.

This is a first-person account of "Galahad," a codename for sending "an unorthodox American force into Burma, [that] in practice came to designate the force itself." Hunter walks the reader through Galahad's major engagements in some detail, and with personal opinions clearly delineated. The author refers to "the failures in planning, coordination, and intelligence that characterized CBI Theater operations under General Joe Stllwell's erratic and nepotistical direction."


Hunter, David H. "The Evolution of Literature on United States Intelligence." Armed Forces and Society 5, no. 1 (1978): 31-52. [Petersen]


Hunter, Helen-Louise. Sukarno and the Indonesian Coup: The Untold Story. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007.

Tovar, IJI&C 21.4 (Winter 2008-2009), says that the author has produced a study "that is virtually impossible to challenge." The picture of the dramatic events in Indonesia in 1965 "and the questions they raised at the time are developed by Ms. Hunter with artistry and insight.... She leaves no doubt that the coup was organized and directed by a secret member of the PKI under the authority of Party Chairman Aidit.... She has made her case without fanfare, and those whose minds are still open on the matter will find it plausible and convincing."


Hunter, Helen-Louise. "Zanzibar Revisited." Studies in Intelligence 11, no. 2 (Spring 1967): 1-7.

An after-the-fact "reconstruction of the events of the Zanzibar revolution in January 1964 shows particularly well the usefulness of going back for an unhurried reexamination of a crisis after all the returns are in: it reaches conclusions about both events and causes quite different from what was generally believed at the time."


Hunter, Robert W., and Lynn Dean Hunter. Spy Hunter: Inside the FBI Investigation of the Walker Espionage Case. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1999.

Clark comment: The first new book on the Walker spy ring in years came from the FBI's lead investigator on the case. Although there is some hyperbole in calling Walker's "the largest and most damaging espionage ring of American citizens in the history of our nation," Spy Hunter does provide an insider's look at an important counterintelligence case. The story told is both sleazy and cautionary. While it will win no literary prizes, the language is serviceable and moves the narrative along well enough to make the book a relatively quick read. Of course, only 65 of the book's total of 218 pages are devoted to the period up to Walker's arrest, with the remainder covering the aftermath.

A couple of sidenotes: (1) In Ch. 24, pp. 154-159, Hunter savages the Naval Investigative Service ("I reached the conclusion that it was one screwed-up outfit"). Deserved or just pay-back time? (2) On p. 169, Hunter tells of a meeting in Vienna with Felix Bloch, "minister-counselor of the [U.S.] embassy." Hunter attributes Bloch's aloofness and seeming disinterest in the Walker case to the later suspicions that Bloch was himself engaged in espionage. Sorry, but having served with Felix Bloch, I would say that aloofness and an extremely reserved manner were standard issue for the man, whatever the subject.

Sullivan, NWCR, Summer 2000, finds Hunter to be "a talented storyteller" who has produced a "fascinating narrative." For Kruh, Cryptologia 24.1, "Hunter offers a close-up at how the investigation was conducted with the accuracy and attention to detail that only he can provide.... [H]e allows the reader not only behind the scenes but into his mind as he plots his course of action."


Hunter, Robin. True Stories of the SAS. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989. Rev. ed. Virgin Books, 1996. [pb]

From publisher: "From parachute raids and jeep attacks of World War II to covert activity in the Gulf War," this book "is a history of the deeds done by this highly trained fighting force."


Hunter, Robin. True Stories of the SBS: A History of Canoe Raiding and Underwater Warfare. London: Virgin Books, 1998. 2003. [pb]

From publishers: "This text traces the history of the modern Special Boat Service of the Royal Marines. It explores the raids and reconnaissance missions made by the SBS from World War II to Desert Storm.... The book also examines the SBS's modern role as a crack anti-terrorist force."


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