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This book is at once a memoir, a history and a warning. Gormly has been part of the SEAL community virtually since its emergence. In Vietnam as a junior officer, he met the absence of strategic policy with a tactical approach: killing as many Viet Cong as possible. Even in retrospect, Gormly concludes that the most effective U.S. approach might have been attacking the enemy's infrastructure by eliminating the "cadres" who spread and enforced Communist ideology by terrorist means. The limited political sophistication of this approach is suggestive, particularly in the context of Gormly's progress through the Navy's special operations system from 1968 to his assignment as commander of SEAL Team 6 in 1983. When Gormly relieved the notorious Richard Marcinko, he inherited a unit that had made a policy of pushing envelopes and ignoring rules. His description of the intraservice politics involved in taming the organization without breaking its morale is as good as anything in print on the challenge of maintaining effective special operations forces in the contexts of a democratic system. His account of the 1985 capture of the Achille Lauro's hijackers reveals a delicate balance of roles and responsibilities in managing doctrine and training considerations, tactical issues and policy questions. Gormly is no knight without fear and reproach in the mold of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. He is a warrior for the working day, not always right and not always wise. But in a harsh world, it will comfort many to know that men with Gormly's spirit, character and patriotism wear this country's uniform. 8 pages of b&w photos, not seen by PW.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this literate and straightforward memoir, Gormly details the events of an exciting, 29-year career in the Navy, almost all of which was spent as a SEAL. His recollections of fighting the Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta are exciting and give one a glimpse of how nasty guerrilla wars are. Of special interest will be his accounts of the SEAL's performances in Grenada in 1983 and in covert actions against the Iranians in the Persian Gulf. Adams Morgan's performance is as straightforward as the text. His delivery is deliberate and has a confidence that is almost cocky. For popular and military collections.AMichael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent portrayal of Viet Nam Mekong Delta action, including part that I participated with, Navy Seawolves attack helicopters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by bill dutting
What can you say??!! Robert Gormly is "The Man"! Been there from the start. Done it all. If you like reading about real life warriors don't pass on this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John T. Turner
Good book. Not quite as action-packed as some. But very well written and a great history of the early days of the SEAL Teams and insight into the author. Recommended.Published 9 months ago by L
If you like books on U. S. Special Operations you will like this book. It is a good mix of some historical perspective on the SEALS and a look at some of the things they did in... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Pat's Fan
When I ordered this book for my Husband, I saw the excitement in his eyes. As he read it, he laughed, and got serious. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Karen
It can be hard to find good, no nonsense accounts of any kind of special ops. This book is well written and never caused my BS meter to go off. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by histbuff
At first this was a bit of a tough one to get into. Gromly's style of writing is a matter of fact recitation of what he remembered happening. Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by Brian Hawkinson
The author receives command orders for Seal Team 6 after Marcinko is convicted for corruption. Gormly has to fix, but not neuter Marcinko's Seal Team 6 brain child and even go to... Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by laz_254
<<There's a definite mystique unique to Navy SEALs. The Marine's Force Recon and the Air Force's PJs don't have it. Read morePublished on June 8, 2005 by Jacob Petion