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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an enjoyable and very attractively constructed , if light, read with a great selection of photos unique to this publication. Unfortunately this is not the all encompassing history of the Navy SEALs that many people are waiting for, despite the fact that it has been marketed as such. The author, a former Army Ranger, has an impressive amount of access to many current and former SEALs and imbues the book with a sense of camaraderie seldom found from those from outside the military community who have attempted to document other special operations units in the American military.

The broad strokes are all there for the pre-Iraq and Afghanistan era with nothing of significance to note or add to the record. To put it simply, this is not a scholarly work on the overall history of the SEAL community so expect a basic "rah-rah go team" rehash of already available material on Vietnam and ops in the 80's and 90's. The book also has a glaring gap in its coverage of the SEALs contemporary operations. As the author is neither a journalist nor an academic the homework on most ops is confined to the material "approved for disclosure" by the powers that be at the Pentagon. While this is excusable from a security stand point it does leave the average reader wondering at the obviously massive gaps in narrative. The publication date of the book also leaves out the most significant events of post invasion Iraq and the on going "small wars" stuff from Afghanistan. After the high speed, low drag invasion ops the narrative goes blank. In other words most of the down and dirty counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations of 2004-2010 are simply absent. This glaring absence is buffered with pictures of guns and more "rah-rah" material on how SEALs are "training to be the best" and the usual jazz.

Still, the book's strong point is its series of riveting and original anecdotes and sea stories from current SEALs and recent vets. The verbatim recital of interviews conducted by the author that are sprinkled throughout the text are savagely honest and up front and range from intense to hilarious. Those of us who have served in the military will immediately recognize the honest parlance of these SEALs, uninhibited by a Public Affairs office, the DoD censors and the contextually ignorant Monday Morning media. For nothing more than these original interviews (and photos) I'd recommend the book at paperback price.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not the same old history lesson and file photos we're used to seeing, this book is a fresh report on the activities, accomplishments, and equipment of Naval Special Warfare in recent times.

Along with first-person accounts and photos of other veteran SEAL Operators, the authors bring us up to date on an elite fighting force brought into the public's consciousness just in the last two decades. The authors were very careful to preserve the honor of the mission and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in its pursuit.

This is a must-have for any SpecOps, military history, and GWOT buff. It's an especially powerful read for any aspiring Navy SEAL.

God bless ALL of those who sacrifice to preserve our freedoms.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The authors interviewed dozens of active-duty and retired SEALs and seemingly had access to the digital cameras they carried with them in combat. This is a visually stunning, riveting operational history of the U.S. Navy SEALs. It's the best book on the topic I've yet seen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The blurb says the SEALs were formed in 1983. I was a diving instructor for Seal team 1 in Coronado (San Diego) in 1968 and there were some SEAL's who had already been in the teams for 6 or more years.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a great model for anyone who would even consider The Navy's elite training and lifestyle. The introduction of BUD/S is a very detail oriented on what exactly these men have to go through just to carry the SEAL trident. With that in mind the personal acounts given by SEALs themselfs gives great imagery on the strenous activity and dedication focused on the team aspect in BUD/S three phases in becoming a SEAL.
The whole process can be summed up with a couple of words from SEALS themselfs: "The only easy day was yesterday"
Overall a good depiction on what type of Men it takes to be a SEAL and the special tatics used by the best.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely a great book. Awesome photos of weapons and equipment. Detailed accounts of SEAL actions in the GWOT. And above all, a just tribute to some of America's finest warriors. My highest recommendation.
-Scott
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It is fast reading and offers insight into this amazing group of young men. I couldn't put it down till I finished it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is a good appetizer to the world of Navy Seals, from their training to their deployment in special missions around the globe. It covers a few interventions from Panama in '89 to Ramadi, Irak in 2006. The best parts are those where the soldiers themselves speak and describe what they did and how things went. Compared to the soldiers' talking the rest looks weak and boring. The author gets too muddled in technical and administrative stuff, which most readers won't care for. The book's bindging is solid and nice, well furnished with photographs that unfortunately cannot show faces of soldiers.

The best book out there on Navy Seals.
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I have had the opportunity to read and review numerous books on the elete U.S. Navy SEALS. This book is one of the best volumes I have read on what it takes to become a SEAL. As a U.S. Navy veteran (regular Navy-1959-1963) I have always admired their special operations units. They were still called UDT/SEAL when I was serving in the Navy and I never had an opportunity to go to BUDs because of a medical condition. This fantastic book goes into great detail on the requirements and what you can expect when you enter BUDs training. As you will see, the SEALS are not for everyone and very few who begin the training will be able to complete this long, intense and brutal course.

This wonderful text is organized into four parts. Part one covers the command structure and training. If have asperations to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, you need to read and study this section several times. I had read many other books on SEAL training and this text goes into greater detail on each of their training evolutions. This section pulls no punches, as it gives you vital information on just how intense and even brutal SEAL training is and you will understand why there is such a huge drop out rate. The second part deals with the small wars (1989-2003) the SEALS have fought in. Section three explains the SEALS role in the global war on terrorism (Afghanistan 2001-2007) and the final section covers the global war on terrorism (Iraq 2003-2007). The appendices section has some very important information about the SEALS you should also read and absorb intellectually.

In conclusion, if you are seeking an authoritive and highly informative guide about U.S. NAVY SEAL training and their various assignments in numerous conflicts this book is for you. It is impressive and highly informative.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This is the authority on SEALs. It's the best reference I have seen on them and has tons of really great photos you won't see anywhere else.

If you buy this you will be happy. Wait till you see the goat as a battering ram hahaha.

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