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Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors Hardcover – December 5, 2011

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Don Mann (CWO3, USN) has for the last thirty years been associated with the Navy SEALS either as a platoon member, assault team member, boat crew leader, or advanced training officer; and more recently program director preparing civilians to go to BUD/s (SEAL Training). Up until 1998 he was on active duty with SEAL Team 6. Since his retirement, he has deployed to the Middle East on numerous occasions in support of the war against terrorism. Many of the active duty SEALs on SEAL Team 6 are the same guys he taught how to shoot, conduct ship and aircraft takedowns, and trained in urban, arctic, desert, and river and jungle warfare, as well as Close Quarters Battle (CQB) and Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT). He has suffered two broken backs, two cases of high altitude pulmonary edema, and multiple other broken bones, in training or service. He has been captured twice during operations and lived to talk about it.

Co-writer Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316204315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316204316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Walker on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a retired Army Special Forces operator I've read and continue to enjoy reading books from the other Services' special operations forces. I'd read "SEAL Target Geronimo" several weeks ago and had, frankly, sworn I'd not read another SEAL authored book for some time to come given how poorly it was written and how, IMHO, misguided the former ST6 author was to have written it at all.

I discovered Don Mann's book while changing planes on a recent trip and on a hunch bought it.

Don and his co-author offer a great story and an intense read. There's something for everyone in this book and more than a few highly personal / motivational insights and "lessons learned". Don's good-natured (mostly) digs at us "Green Berets" reminded me of all the equally good-natured (mostly) shots we enjoyed and still enjoy taking at our SEAL brothers. His hard-earned and totally objective view of how we in Special Operations view the loss of our teammates in training brought back a few memories and reminders, as well.

I was surprised the author team did not simply provide the Navy's reviewers with material showing that much of what is redacted (to a distracting degree while reading the book) was and is previously available in the public and should have been left in the book. This takes a little time to research and compile but letting the reviewers get nearly everything they wanted was absurd, especially toward the ending. If not completely clean for publication I'd like to have seen Don and Mr. Pezzullo rewrite the objected to material in such a way it would have conveyed what the author wanted to convey without necessarily compromise.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Caiser on November 28, 2011
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A word of warning, whole sections of this book, including chapter titles and in some cases whole pages, have been redacted. While I understand the preface at the beginning provides a reasoning, it severely hurt my ability to read, follow, and most importantly enjoy Mr. Mann's work. On top of that, obvious things, like the name "Delta" or " Nightstalkers 160th S.O.A.R." have been blacked out. These are things that seem to almost be common knowledge. While there are some entertaining personal anecdotes of Mr. Mann's youth and stories of training missions (the chapter about selection into ST-6 is mostly blacked out), don't pick up this book hoping for a nuts and bolts detailed description of DEVGRU or the SEALs.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By USNGunner on December 6, 2011
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Having served with and supported NSW since the early 80's, and done some ops with the subject of this book, I understand security. But the redacting in this book makes it unreadable. Entire chapters are redacted, and are useless. I would have rather they just left the subject out and made what was there coherent. Changed operators names, dates, etc to make the book readable.

Don't waste your money, it's not worth it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Couts on January 5, 2012
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I attempted to listen to this book in the audio CD version. I have never, ever heard so many words and terms, even those that would seem to be benign "bleeped out". It makes listening almost impossible - and certainly very undesirable to listen to. If you are going to write a book like this, make sure its readable (or listenable). If too much of this material is too classified to write about - don't. My criticism of this book is in no way a reflection on my incredible admiration and respect for all our military men and women. This was the most frustrating book of this topic I have ever attempted to listen to. I can only hope the written version was more acceptable to the readers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Younger on December 31, 2011
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Guy, Bad Book, December 31, 2011
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This review is from: Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors (Hardcover)
Don Mann deserves our respect for serving our country and being a great SEAL, and I'm sure Don Mann is a good guy, and has what it takes to be at the tip of the spear.

That being said, this book was about the long distance races Don Mann trained for and participated in. There was very little Seal Team missions or training, and even less SEAL Team Six information. 90% of this book is about Don Manns personal life, how he grew up, and how he trained for extreme long distance races. There were some brief missions but it seemed like he just threw those in to pacify the reader so he could hurry and get back to talking about extreme racing, and what happened outside of the service.

The most annoying parts of this book are the long periods of information that have to be blacked out for so called classified reasons. That is a bunch of crap. For instance, the name of a operator in the Black Hawk Down operation was blacked out and everyone knows he was a Delta operator who now lives in Texas. There are many others also. I blame most of this on the editor. They could have cut down on the blacking out of information by calling sensitive information by a generic name, or just the country it took place in and not the Op name. Most of this information is public knowlage. I don't know why a writer or editor would put a reader through this. Whatever the reason, it is frustrating and annoying.

I'm sure Mr. Mann has a lot of inside SEAL Team Six information, and interesting missions he could talk about. But you wont find it in this book. I give this book two stars just because Don Mann is a SEAL and deserves our respect for that.
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