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The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen Paperback – March 26, 2013
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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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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
Others thought that were would be more shoot-'em-up stories about the Afghan/Iraq wars; he recounted primarily his own battles -- and some involving his buddies or students. This was the first SEAL book that I have read -- so I found almost very paragraph of interest. Some reviewers thought that the author spent too much time in explaining his training, the training methods, and the reforms that he hade at the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps -- I found all of this very informative.
The author recounts some of the sad antics of his instructors or superiors whose goal seemed to be in trying to purposely flunk training candidates, rather than trying to make them better. I highly recommend this book to all!