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Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the ""Butcher of Fallujah""--and the Shameful Ordeal They Later Endured Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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In 2009, a team of Navy SEALs captured an Iraqi terrorist, sometimes known as the Butcher of Fallujah, who was responsible for the brutal murders of four American security officers. Shockingly, the captured man leveled accusations of brutality against his captors; even more shockingly, the American government put three SEALs on trial for prisoner abuse. They were acquitted, but the charges ruined their careers and put the American military in the global spotlight in pretty much the worst possible way. This book, written by thriller author Robinson with the cooperation of two of the three SEALs, chronicles the story, from the capture of the terrorist through the trials of the SEALs, and it’s a tale that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows and spark debate. Written in an even-keeled, reportorial style, the book tells a story we wish had never happened, but one that certainly needs to be told. --David Pitt
Robinson ably discusses the intricacies of military justice Captures the folly and resource drain of the Iraq War Should appeal to conservative readers.”
Washington Times, 11/13/13
In this very important book, author Patrick Robinson shows how the culture of our military is imperiled by a high command that too frequently allows political correctness to trump honor and common sense.”
Cape Cod Times, 11/10/13
This is a story of war waged in a distant place, and the role of modern media to open doors for the bad guys but get the bigger story straighteventually.”
Booklist Online, 11/22/13
It's a tale that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows and spark debate. Written in an even-keeled, reportorial style, the book tells a story we wish had never happened, but one that certainly needs to be told.”
The American Spectator, 11/26/13
The book's account of the high command's intimidation tactics should be required reading for all military personnel today.”
Sacramento Book Review, December 2013
If you are looking for a strong read, this is a no-brainer.”
Bookviews blog, December 2013
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"A good portion of the first half of the book is backstory: a brief synopsis of the SEAL service; the near-impossible-to-endure training of its applicants; short biographies of McCabe and Keefe; and then their assignment to Iraq. It's grist for military buffs, a fun read about HALO jumps and other derring-do shadowed only by the knowledge that brave young men will soon be in the sights of a political bureaucracy.
That portion is both prosaic and powerful. It is, from Robinson's point of view, a "set-up," a chronicle of the dedication and courage and self-discipline a SEAL must endure before he is turned loose on the battlefield. That said, the reader knows that nothing good is going to happen to these two young men because part of the preface to the book includes two letters they sent to Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, U.S. Navy Special Warfare commander, detailing reasons the two resigned from the Navy after being cleared of the charges brought against them.
There's no mystery. The three SEALs operated in an atmosphere where they might be shot or blown to pieces but were hamstrung by rules of engagement set by desk jockeys and then later judged by upper echelons who were far from the sound of the guns.
That they were charged shows the system is flawed. That they were found not guilty shows our flawed system can sometimes right a wrong. "
This book contains outright lies and false information. The Author and Publisher were contacted by many families of Navy SEALs and veterans about the lies contained in this book. In fact, the Daughter of a Navy SEALs visited the Publisher’s office and she was told to leave?!?! As long as the Author and Publisher refuse to correct false information and lies contained in this book, this book must be avoided.
The Author and Publisher even used the video stolen from the legitimate SEAL support group to promote this book of lies.
Dollar counts more than honor, and betrayal is that of betraying Naval Special Warfare community by Patrick Robinson and Publisher.
There is no honor in siding with a well-known crook, who was exposed in 2012 by prominent Navy SEALs, including Marcus Luttrell (“Lone Survivor”), Don Shipley (“Extreme SEALs Experience”), Larry Bailey (“Special Operations Speaks”). I read the CEASE AND DESIST letter they wrote to Graham Ware, the veterans’ charities scammer. In retaliation, Ware started posting on social media information about SEALs and their families’ whereabouts. How could this book get the facts so wrong? For Mr. Robinson and his Publisher, it seems that the dollar will trump the honor, and they will betray Navy SEALs for a ‘buck’ … betrayal of the very men who are dying for their freedom.
A better title for this “Abortion of Truth” would be “Dishonor and Betrayal” of our fighting men by Author and Publisher.
Don’t buy this book until is it fixed and that Graham Ware is removed from the book’s pages.