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Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL assault element commander and now a Hollywood screenwriter (The Jackal; Navy SEALS; Darkman, etc.), looks back on his time in the special forces in this adrenaline rush of a memoir that grabs readers from the first page (in which he readies for his final-and nearly fatal-jump). Writing with the efficient clarity and brawn of one of the U.S. military's most special operators, Pfarrer describes the rigorous, nearly sadistic SEAL training that propelled him toward covert operations in the 1980s and early 1990s. He recounts his missions to various Cold War hotspots in Central America and the Middle East, where he patrolled Beirut's bombed-out streets as part of a multinational peacekeeping force during Lebanon's ravaging civil war. Pfarrer's somersaults through Navy service and personal challenges, including failed marriages and a bout with cancer, expose an introspective tug-of-war between disciplined combatant and human spectator, scruffy team leader and reluctant hero. Although chock full of military jargon (thankfully Pfarrar also includes a glossary of terms) and detailed descriptions of special operations, the story remains solidly human, highlighting this "Frogman's" facile combination of self-control and survival smarts in the face of adversities that most readers can only imagine.
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Had the author written his memoir in the 1980s, when he was an officer in the U.S. Navy's special-forces organization, he might have been busted to the fleet or thrown in the brig. Even now that his stories can be told, Pfarrer masks many of the names of his fellow "operators," a plain label that carries the highest cachet in the world of the SEALs. Earning and maintaining that designation is the theme that unites Pfarrer's memoir, as he relates his training, relations with comrades and superiors, and discharge. The values of the operator are crystal clear in Pfarrer's account: intolerance for mistakes and mastery of fear--with disdain for operators who can't command courage. These martial values are necessary for survival, and their enforcement by in-group psychology is amply illustrated by operations in Honduras, Beirut, and an unnamed Arab country, which are among the stories Pfarrer recounts. A must for military affairs readers, Pfarrer's recollections, allied with those of another SEAL (One Perfect Op by Dennis Chalker, 2002), vividly portray the elite warrior's arduous, perilous calling. Gilbert Taylor
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Excellent book. It reminds me of my days in the military. What is more Amazing is how I identified myself with his thoughts when confronted with similar situations. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dr. Salvador Marrero
I have read a number of books written by members of US Special OPs and especially US Navy Seals. This one is very interesting and informative. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Charlie Mac
This book had many very interesting stories, written quite well, about notable times in recent history. I enjoyed reading about Mr. Pfarrer's life and experience in the SEAL teams. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alex Clark
This book is outstanding. A simple thank you to the author is not enough. For his dedicated service and for the many sacrifices he made to protect this nation he, and all the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jim Mitchell
If I say I love this book, its not enough. If I say I completely enjoyed this book, it won't be enough either. This is one of the best true stories I've ever read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by MariDots
This book was a interesting book I have read several books by some of the Seals he mentions in this book and they all go with what he has writtenPublished 22 days ago by Vicki Jowers
Cheered on the troops and booed at the idiots that just don't get it. Engaging to the end.Published 23 days ago by Margaret Robinson