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US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs Imitation Leather – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 409 pages
  • Publisher: NSW Publications, LLC; 2nd edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615663818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615663814
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.4 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Greg Mathieson is as comfortable working in war zones as he is at the White House. For more than 27 years, he has chronicled the epic lives of our heroic men and women in uniform, our star crossed national celebrities and the media focused often chaotic lives of those who make the decisions on American policy.

Born and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, this 11 year U.S. Army veteran's stellar reputation has allowed him to repeatedly cross the line working for hard news organizations as well as the Federal government with equal objectivity. From intimate portraits of the famous to the private lives of the powerful, rich and infamous

Few photographers working today have covered as many traumatic current events, political watersheds, cultural and historical milestones as Mathieson. Since establishing his agency, MAI Photo News Agency in 1981, Mathieson has been called on by such agencies as the U.S. Secret Service, FEMA, The US Justice Department and the military services to create images that capture the core values of those agencies in service to the American people. His editorial images have appeared on the covers of Life, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, Paris Match and thousands more around the globe; in 64 countries.

And Mathieson is not only well known in the corridors of political power and the halls of the Pentagon. This veteran of the Vietnam era has used his deep knowledge of the American military during exploits, from the jungles of Panama and Honduras, to the ocean seas, to the Korean DMZ and the Wars in the Persian Gulf, including Desert Storm and the invasion of Iraq. He is highly experienced on the front lines having spent 15 years going in and out of Iraq, for months a time, depicting the difficult struggle of the Kurdish and Iraqi people. He lived with the Contra Rebels on the jungle boarders of Nicaragua fighting the Sandinista and was the first into Kuwait City, recording the first US Marines entering the city, pushing out the Iraqi Army during Desert Storm and on the snow covered shores of the Sava River as first U.S. M1 tanks crossed into Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Those dangerous and hardship experiences reached a zenith when Greg Mathieson was selected as the videographer by NBC News to sneak into Iraq two months before the 2003 war as one of a five member covert team traveling across the snow covered mountains of Iran into the future war zone. Working unilaterally and not embedded with US troops like other media, his team was the first to reach Saddam's Palace in Tikrit, prior to the US forces arriving. His video has appeared on both NBC and ABC News networks. He is so trusted by his clients, many of whom are Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, heads of state, corporate chieftains and government agencies that he is routinely privy to critical briefings; he is instantly a member of the team.

During the past 22 years, Mathieson has never given in on his efforts to create the ultimate photo book chronicling the activities of the U.S. Navy SEALs and the closed community of Naval Special Warfare in which they live. Now for the first time much of that veil will be lifted for a sneak peak at America's greatest secret warriors and the people that support them.

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Very well done and a visually stunning book.
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I bought it for a "coffee table book" to give as a housewarming gift and will be extremely proud to give this beautiful book as a gift.
Patti Maloney
The book is absolutely beautiful and extremely interesting and informative.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mario Guzman on January 9, 2014
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Hello all, this is my review of US Naval Special Warfare USNS by Greg E. Mathieson Sr. and David Gatley. Now I want to start off with the aesthetics of the book. This is a very well made and a beautiful piece of binding. Synthetic black leather, a bronze seal with a protruding depiction of the northern hemisphere and a special warfare insignia all covered with gold plating. The pages of the book are both sown and glued, for the optimal reading experience.
The pictures of the contributing authors are astounding, with many of them being never before seen and behind the scenes glimpses of these esoteric organizations. If you are looking for a sensationalist, partisan bashing and political book, this isn't for you. This material deals solely on the technical aspects of Naval Special Warfare, with the writing done in an easy to read, forward and factual way. It covers everything from the men and women who stock the supplies that the SEALS use in the field, towards the actual operations themselves. The book includes the origins of naval special warfare in WW2 towards what the US military will employ in the future. This work also has several other goodies inside such as a letter from the former president for this book alone, the creed of the Navy Seals, statements from the contributing authors and so on...

Now, for the negatives.
The reason I gave this book 3 stars was mainly due to the ubiquitous and rather alarming spelling and grammar errors present on almost 50% pages on the book. When a person is willing to dish out $70 on a book touted across the media as a superlative photo/writing documentation of Naval Special Warfare, you expect a work just like that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 30, 2013
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This book is a great coffee table book for any patriotic American. I purchased it for my father- an Army veteran- for his birthday- and he loved it and has it proudly displayed in his home. The book documents in writing and in photos the history of not only Naval Special Warfare, but all of the conflicts in which they and their support elements have fought with never-before-seen photos and stories of missions that have only recently been declassifed. It is a great holiday gift!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Stewart on December 3, 2013
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This is the perfect gift for anyone who is a interested in military history and the SEALs. Beautiful book and well worth the price!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeez O. Peete on November 26, 2013
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Great Christmas present for that military fan in your life. The authors had terrific access to get photos of things I have never seen depicted before.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Demarco on December 4, 2013
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I can't see anybody who was ever in the NAVY or knows some who is, not buying this book. It is the Heart & Soul of what these Courageous Americans do for our Freedom. The Photography is Stellar ! The Access to these Special Ops is Unprecedented. I've Never had a look inside the world of the US Naval Special Warfare / Seals such as this book reveals. A gift that will be treasured for a Lifetime. If you want someone to know what the SEALS are about…GET THEM THIS BOOK !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joni Hyrick on December 19, 2013
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I can't wait to read it myself, and then donate it to a library or person in need.
The only easy day was yesterday. A motto to live by for all of us, military and non.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brian levee on December 13, 2013
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gorgeous book ! so detailed...and the photos are amazing.this book is a quality buy and way underpriced.It will go into my glass cabinet and be cherished.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fred francis on November 27, 2013
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This book is an extraordinary accomplishment. Mathieson spent years behind the veil of secrecy to capture the past and present of the SEALs. There is information here never before revealed. This book is a great read even if you are not a military buff. The stories of bravery and sacrifice bring tears of pride that these men and women are on the front lines for all of us.
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