AUSTRALIAN SAS - THE UNTOLD HISTORY traces the history, changing culture and organisational politics of Australia's SAS, from its muddled formation in 1957 during the Cold War to East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving elite status as Australia's overworked, multi-purpose (3z(Bforce of first choice(3y. (BIt is the story of the ugly duckling that transforms into a swan, but which must keep transforming itself further to stay relevant in a troubled world. SAS successes in the field have at times attracted bitter comment - some of it fair, much of it unfair. While always the darling of press and politician, behind the scenes SAS has often had to fight hard for its identity and survival against conventional thinking, entrenched envy and hostility and the deadly Australian (3z(Btall poppy(3y (Bsyndrome that disparages those with expertise out of the ordinary. AUSTRALIAN SAS - THE UNTOLD HISTORY also portrays the eternal quest by SAS to define itself. But we see finally that in an ever-changing strategic world, the Holy Grail of a stable unit identity must always elude SAS, for SAS must either reflect the changing nature of conflict in that politically unstable world, or cease to merit the title, (3z(BSpecial(3y.(B Part 4. "'Fortress Australia' sees SAS fighting in a failing Vietnam while anti-war defeatism at home white-ants SAS operations. Combat strain begins to exhaust SAS patrols. In 1971, with not one man lost in enemy action, SAS returns home to 'Fortress Australia'. Under the new 'home defence' policy, SAS talents are not needed & the Regiment faces an uncertain future. But the enterprising SAS gains a reprieve patrolling Australia's vast northern coastline. Then the spread of international terrorism spurs SAS to reinvent itself as Australia's crack counter-terrorist unit." -- Container inlay.