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From Publishers Weekly

One of the most controversial veterans of the U.S. Navy's amphibious commando unit, whose troops are known as SEALs, Marcinko describes his combat adventures in Southeast Asia and his counterterrorist activities. A 10-week PW bestseller in cloth. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An autobiography of a career naval officer who dropped out of high school, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and spent his ca reer struggling to win acceptance for special warfare SEAL (sea-air-land) units within the Navy establishment from the late 1950s to the present. Marcinko provides detailed descriptions of the early transformation of underwater demolition teams (UDT) into SEAL units. With interesting vignettes about training and actual missions during the Vietnam War, he gives a close-up view of this specialized and little-known brand of warfare. Marcinko's participation in the Iran hostage rescue attempt in 1980 and the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983 provide a perspective vastly different from the accepted versions of these events. However, the overuse of salty language throughout the book that lends new meaning to the phrase "curse like a sailor" and Marcinko's polemical accounts of his struggles to win acceptance for specialized warfare within the Navy are unfortunate. Not a necessary purchase. Military Book Club main selection.
- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rogue Warrior
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671795937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671795931
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in learning more about the Seals should read this book.
This man is a true warrior and hero of the highest degree and I should would like to meet him one day.
awesome i love it
This is the story about Richard Marcinko and his experiences as a Navy Seal.

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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
UPDATE ALERT: The reviews on this page are being used for more than one book. Most of the reviews are from the Marcinko Autobiography, and for some reason thay have been added to other books by the author. As you read these, don't blame the reviewers if you are reading about the wrong book. On to my own review...
For sheer adventure and excitement, this is hard to beat. The autobiographical account of one of the original creators of the deadly Seal Team covert operations squads. Richard was a former frogman and UDT member. He was also a wild, drinking, swearing, fighting guy whose outrageous courage and antics led him from a man with little education, to a top official in the US Navy Seals. On the way he broke the rules, rankled officers, and pushed for the best treatment and gear he could get for his men. By necessity these man lived hard and fought hard.

In the end of his career he claims the navy went after him on a personal agenda to drive him out on drummed up criminal charges, jealous officers and so forth. It may be true, and it may also be that the exact skills and temperament that made him so effective against the enemy were a detriment when dealing with the whitewashed pencil pushers at the pentagon. It is tough to be a stone cold killer in peacetime and just turn that aggression on and off.

To hear another persons opinion on what happened to Marcinko, read "Brave Men Dark Waters" also sold at It's author, Orr Kelly, says he was in the Seals with Marcinko and as part of his own book tells his version of Marcinko as an out of control egotist, a real rogue warrior. Read these and other books, and you be the judge. Regardless, I could not put this book from Marcinko down, very exciting.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By rugby player on June 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I actually read this book in 1996, so it has been a while. I can tell you that it influenced me to enter the military to find a life that most people never experience. After being in the service I can tell you that the language in this book is par for the course, it is the nature of being in an environment where quick responses are valued and the majority of your training really does f*$!ing suck. So if you are scared or offended by the language then just suck it up and try to deal with it. If it is too much then put the book down and be glad you never joined the service, it may have been too "rude" of an environment for you. There are alot of important lessons to be learned if you pay attention to why the training is set up the way it is and why you lead from the front. While Marcinko is arrogant you have to love the man's style. From the outside I can easily see how he could irritate the people not directly under his command. On the other hand there are very few things in the military as valuable as a leader who is willing to put you through the most realistic training possible and do it with you. There is no doubt whatsoever that Marcinko leads from the front! The more people we have like him the better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Duffield on April 21, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
CDR Marcinko bears all in his first book of a widely successful series. As the first Commanding Officer of the highly secretive Seal Team 6, his adventures took him across the globe. The reader is included in the story in the clever style of writing that Marcinko delivers. He "talks" to you, as though he were standing right beside you. But Marcinko is not Rambo. He is not invincible, nor does he think he is. His adventures leave him (and his team) battered and bruised. In an embarrasingly blatant story about himself, he leaves out the hype and glory, and instead finds himself slammed, smacked, dropped, whacked, dinged, scraped, and coming back for more. He tells how his missions consistently go FUBAR, and how the everpresent Command Master Chief Murphy (of Murphy's Law fame) is along for the ride to ensure all his plans are ruined. His "shocking" language is just what you'd expect from a mustang sailor. This book is not a Hollywood creation... it's not even a movie (yet). If you want to hear it from someone who was there, this is it. This book is a ride.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read Rogue Warrior when it first came out in 92, right after Marcinko was on 60 minutes. I have also read Colonel Charlie Beckwith's "Delta Force." For those who do not know, Beckwith was the creator of the army DELTA FORCE as well as the JSOC. I found that many of the bureaucratic problems that confronted Marcinko and SEAL TEAM 6 were the same problems faced by Beckwith when he was building DELTA. I found this fascinating. Specifically, Marcinko explains the resistence from the conventional Navy when it came to the streamlined, British SAS type chain of command that SEAL Team 6 fit into. The regular Navy and even the regular SEAL community greatly disliked the new, "clean and direct" JSOC chain of command which was formed for all U.S. counterterrorist units after the failure of Desert One. Colonel Beckwith had similar resistance from the conventional army and even the Green Berets when he was trying to establish DELTA's "SAS" type chain of command in the late seventies. Marcinko tries to hammer the point home that if their is only one thing to know about a "true" special ops unit, it is that the chain of command needs to be "clean and direct." No in between bureaucracy. Just straight lines and clear communication between the SEAL unit and the High Command of the US armed forces. If one pays attention to both books, the similarities of problems encountered are nearly identical. I found Rogue Warrior not only fascinating as an adventure type story, but educational. Marcinko tries to educate the reader about the basic tenants of modern day special ops,ie. the right type of chain of command, proper selection of personnel, the importance of self-contained units that dont have to rely on outside assets for support, etc.Read more ›
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