Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs Paperback – Illustrated, December 30, 2014
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“A gripping memoir. ... Code Name: Johnny Walker is an unforgettable story--an essential account of the Iraq War.” (ERIC BLEHM, bestselling author of Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown)
“Extraordinary... Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in the perspective of an Iraqi who was willing to sacrifice everything in an effort to improve his country, and who was instrumental in bringing many of the bad guys to justice.” (MARCUS LUTTRELL, former U.S. Navy SEAL, recipient of the Navy Cross, and #1 bestselling author of Lone Survivor)
“’Johnny Walker’ defines the word ‘brother’ and how it transcends blood. He is a true American at heart, one I trusted with my life as much as every other SEAL I had the honor of working with.” (MIKAL VEGA, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and founder of Vital Warrior)
“Johnny is responsible for saving many American lives, especially SEALs. He has an amazing story that I feel needs to be told, and would touch the hearts of all Americans. I cannot express how many lives have been touched by Johnny, and how many of us owe him our lives.” (CHRIS KYLE, former U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper)
“Johnny’s ingenuity, indomitable spirit, and utter fearlessness not only protected the lives of many SEALs, but also saved countless innocent Iraqis. He is a true hero to all of us. Seeing Johnny and his family living safely in the United States is something I will cherish forever.” ("CAPT. X," active-duty U.S. Navy SEAL Team commanding officer)
“Fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq. ... [An] invaluable insider’s perspective of Iraq. ... Vivid. ... A harrowing personal journey of courageous self-empowerment during wartime.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“This gripping memoir by ‘Johnny Walker,’ an Iraqi translator who risked his life for eight years to work alongside U.S. Navy SEALs (a job so dangerous that even now he can’t use his real name) is a story of loyalty and courage under fire--literally.” (Parade (Parade's Picks))
“Riveting and illuminating. ... Reads more like a fictional thriller than a memoir. Walker’s story is amazing and gives a unique perspective on the Iraqi War.” (BlackFive.net)
“A remarkable story. ... Offering a unique perspective on the Iraq War, ‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’ tells the story of one Iraqi who risked everything to fight with U.S. troops, in particular the Navy SEALs, becoming perhaps the only ‘terp’ (interpreter) to be welcomed into their tight-knit fold.” (FoxNews.com)
From the Back Cover
Night after night, he guided the U.S. Navy SEALs through Iraq's most dangerous regions. A translator operating under the code name "Johnny Walker," he risked his life on more than a thousand missions and became a legend in the U.S. special-ops community. But in the eyes of Iraq's terrorists and insurgents, he and his family were marked for death because he worked with the Americans. Fearing for Johnny's safety, the SEALs heroically took it upon themselves to bring him and his family to the United States. With inside details on SEAL operations and a deeply personal understanding of the tragic price paid by ordinary Iraqis, Code Name: Johnny Walker is a gripping and unforgettable true story that reveals a side of the war that has never been told before.
Includes a new afterword on the rise of ISIS
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062267566
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062267566
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.68 x 8 inches
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not so with Johnny Walker. This book tells a great story and offers a still-timely viewpoint that I would have never been able to access otherwise.
This is no spoiler when I say at the end Johnny Walker (the name still cracks me up) says the truth of what's happening in Iraq is much worse that what's reported is shamefully true. And it saddens me that both he and I acknowledge that his ideals for his homeland will probably never come to pass.
But ultimately this is a story about hope. I learned a lot about a man I'll never meet, and it impressed me greatly - and humbled me when I realized that I can't relate to anything he's been through... but that really just made the lessons and details in this story that much more important for me to read.
Without getting political, without grandstanding or preaching (which everyone on FB seems to be doing lately), Johnny Walker opened my eyes to a whole other aspect of war and fro politics, and he did simply by using a great voice for his own life story.
I recommend it - and I highly recommend the Audible version. His actual voice adds a whole other layer to his story. Great stuff.
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Why only 4 stars then?
Having encountered similar 'terps' I am fully aware of the risks they had and some were exceptional. Johnny Walker at times seems to go a little too far. Self and family safety are paramount, which he stresses, but from the start he was far from being a 'grey' man, in fact his background (basketball etc) made him stand out from the crowd and as such highly visible. It would have been very easy to identify, track and locate such a person in such a community.
However, that aside it is a fascinating read, with a little bit of artistic licence.