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The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen Hardcover – April 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031260422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312604226
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“What you’re about to read is not just the making of a Navy SEAL sniper, but the story of one guy who went on to help shape the lives of hundreds of elite special forces warriors. Brandon has a great story to tell, and it is living proof that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.”

—Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and bestselling author of Lone Survivor

“Brandon’s story hits center mass! If you want to know what makes up the DNA of a Navy SEAL and have a behind-the-scenes look at the best sniper program in the world, then hold 1 right for wind and read The Red Circle.”

—Chris Kyle, USN (Ret.), SEAL Team 3 Chief and bestselling author of American Sniper

“An impressive and well-written account of the most elite snipers in the world. Webb recounts with heartfelt and vivid description the training, trials, and heartache that are all costs of choosing this lifestyle. Like all true warriors, he does no chest thumping, but rather gives an honest account that proves that, after all, SEAL snipers are only human. The Red Circle is a great book.”

—Howard E. Wasdin, Navy SEAL and bestselling author of SEAL Team Six

“Another forceful statement from the Brotherhood of SEALs, Brandon Webb’s The Red Circle illustrates why he wanted to be a SEAL, what it takes to be a SEAL, how you survive the life of a SEAL, and the value of mind over matter. A valuable read for anyone aspiring to reach goals that seem unattainable—in any walk of life.”

—CDR Richard Marcinko, USN (Ret.), founding father and first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six and bestselling author of the Rogue Warrior

“The story of today’s Navy SEALs is Brandon Webb’s to tell, and The Red Circle does it masterfully. This definitive work at once proves and explodes the myths behind Navy Special Warfare and the men who meet its challenges. Strap in for a wild ride.”

—CDR Ward Carroll, USN (ret.), editor of Military.com

About the Author

Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a “V” for “Valor,” for his platoon’s deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for Military.com’s blog Kit Up, SOFREP’s Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.

 

John David Mann, who collaborated with Webb in writing The Red Circle, is an award-winning author whose titles include the New York Times bestseller Flash Foresight and the international bestseller The Go-Giver.


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Customer Reviews

The book is hard to put down, very interesting and well written.
Pablo R. Vitaver
Mr. Webb gives the reader a rare glimpse into his personal life, BUD training, SEAL team development and ultimately to becoming a SEAL Sniper trainer.
Adam Seymour
Thank you Mr. Webb for your service to our country, and for telling us your amazing story.
Dadof4

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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Nemesis on April 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When you start a new book, you can tell pretty quickly if its gonna be a great read. Being
a military history buff, with a penchant for reading anything Spec Ops related, I have
read over 100 Biographies, memoirs, and historical accounts from SEALS, Delta, and all
the other elite units. I have a very small stack (less than 10) of books that are 'READ
AGAIN' and 'RECOMMEND' to friends and family. This will be added to the stack. The
last one I added was Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, who the author speaks about
in his book. When you think you have read them all or you won't learn anything new,
pick this up and be humbled. A fantastic read! And for the uninitiated, check out his site
sofrep.com
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Carr on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend "The Red Circle" to anyone who wants to learn how to overcome the hard obstacles that life throws in front of them. Brandon Webb writes from the unique perspective of a highly trained Navy SEAL "operator" but some of the best take-aways from the book occur because Webb succeeds in explaining the critical role that the mind plays in accomplishing a goal, overcoming fear and surviving hardship.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By jtw21 on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My girlfriend recommend I read this book, and being an athlete I can't say I have much interest in or time for reading. I flipped through the first couple of pages to humor her and was hooked. The book captivated my attention from the get-go and for the first time in years I finished a book within two days. I think anyone can relate to this book and it's cool to see an inside perspective on so many interesting things and stories. It's a fast read packed with stories that are mind blowing. Definitely an awesome glimpse into the life of a really inspiring dude. Thanks, Webb.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sean Spoonts on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To me a memoir is successful if the reader closes the book with the feeling that they have insight into the character and nature of the person righting the book. Too often memoirs are elaborate self justifications written by people with something to prove to others. The Red Circle delivers on the first count and surprisingly makes no attempt to justify anything to anyone. Brandon Webb makes no bones about who he is and how he got there and in being so brutally honest in the telling of that story, Webb pays a real compliment to his audience. The challenge in telling a story about Navy SEALs and Special Operations is that so much of it is secret that most writers are left with stories that are thin on operational details, leaving the reader no better informed than if he just read a newspaper account. Webb manages this task by writing as a witness to the operations in question and rather than dwell on the minute details brings the reader into the bigger picture of the operation. His account of tunnel ratting in Afghanistan is riveting to read. The way political considerations back home can effect the mission of what amounts to a mixed platoon of SEALs and Marines on a simple rec mission in the field is angering and amazing to read at the same time. Webb is at his best when he describes the smells, sounds and emotions of close quarters battle in the War on Terror.
In The Red Circle the reader is not going to be sold a rah-rah tribute full of glowing praise for the mythic status of the Navy SEALs and other SpecOps types. Webb doesn't pull a single punch, if he's going to say that a particular SEAL is a turd and can't pull his weight he going to call him out by name. Harsh as it may seem, it serves to humanize these people.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2012
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Book Content: 4*
Kindle Edition Format 2*

Hence the 3* rating.

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This was one of those books where less than 15% in (Kindle Version) I was getting a bit tired of some very obvious `story telling'. I do not doubt that everything in this book is based on fact but at times some simple things are laid on a bit thick. Before I go further its worth noting that Brandon mentions right at the end that he narrated events to his co-author in the shape of scattered notes, napkins and long phone conversations. Example: The whole start of the book of Brandon's childhood seems to have been written by someone completely different from the actual SEAL accounts of the book. At one point there is stories of Brandons exploits working on a dive boat and the author makes claims to justify events.

There are quite a few flawed dive stories but as an example; At one point a group of divers (he mentions they are beginners doing an advanced deep dive) do their first guided dive of the morning. When they come up one girl is missing...problem is no one can go back down because (according to the author) after their long dive no-one could dive for at least 12 hours due to the required surface interval. Anyone who has done any form of Open Water course can quickly tell you this is absolute nonsense. If you had ignored the recreational dive table where the maximum recreational depth on air is 40 meters (pick one, they are all based on navy tables!) you couldn't get to a 12 hour surface interval unless you screwed up so bad that you had to stay out of the water as a precaution to avoid DCS (which wasn't the case here as it was a `normal' dive). Anyway...
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