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The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook: Learn the Survival Techniques and Strategies of America's Elite Warriors Paperback – August 1, 2012

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About the Author

Don Mann’s impressive military biography includes being a decorated combat veteran; corpsman; SEAL special operations technician; jungle survival, desert survival, and arctic survival instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance, and Escape instructor; in addition to other credentials.

Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen). He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616085800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616085803
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have taught SERE for the past 13 years to all four branches of the military, as well as going to survival courses all over the world, and practicing these skills. I have worked with many SEALs and SF guys over the years and have the utmost respect for them, what they do for our country, and how professional they are. I first heard about this book about 6 months before it came out and was excited to finally read it. I was disappointed to find it full of misspellings, information that is not current, and other errors. Just one example: List of the world's 10 largest deserts by size (only 9 are listed). The one thing that I do like about this book is that every chapter contains stories that are real world survival examples. Still, it appears Don Mann wants to sell his book solely on his reputation as a SEAL and not the comprehensiveness and quality of the information in it. The people associated with this book (Don Mann, Tony Nester, and others) have tons of outdoor experience in virtually every environment on earth, it is too bad they did not share more of it with us. I am just very disappointed in a book that had the potential to be one of the best survival books written.
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I was excited to receive this book as it purportedly was going to describe the strategies and techniques of the one of the world's most elite fighting forces. The book however is a great disappointment as there are few strategies and next to no techniques that are mentioned, let alone described or explained. The book is a series of lists of hazards (i.e. - frostbite, sun stroke, dehydration, scorpions, etc) that are more completely described in other survival books. Almost no techniques are given throughout the book, and the reader is expected to feel satisfied with the most vague descriptions and glossed-over strategies that even the arm-chair adventurer will feel lost and wanting. The book was also hastily edited with lots of repetitive information, especially in the captions of the laughingly general photos that seem as though the authors spent 5 minutes on Google finding the images.

I have the greatest respect for the US Navy Seals and am proud to be in a country where such elite individuals risk their lives for the greater good of our country, but this book falls short of what its title portrays is inside.
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By R. Hill on September 29, 2012
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This is really no better than a Boy Scout manual. How to use a tarp. How to start a fire.
Which plants are edible.
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The book goes into brief descriptions of scenarios and tactics but offers almost no usable information when found in the scenarios it describes. There is more information about how to be mentally than there is anything else in the book. For example, there are a total of 6 sentences devoted to what to do if you find your self caught in an avalanche. Later in the book they mention traps and snares but don't show you how to make them. Same goes with any of the hands on information you might hope to gain from this book. It is also filled with pictures of what you probably already know, for example, what a sunburn looks like. Meanwhile something like Trench foot, far less common than a sunburn, gets a black and white picture from what looks like the early 1900s.

This book is probably great for some kids but it is not in any way a survival handbook. It doesn't help you with identifying plants or other useful information but does decide its important to describe what a characteristics a jungle river has, like being in a jungle or running down hill. I'm pretty sure most rivers run down hill in the world and you probably would know if you are in a jungle or not.

Don't but this book if you are looking for truly useful knowledge.
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This book just gave some general overviews on survival, not the in depth, in the s#@ drama and stories promised. I learned more as a boy scout and young hunter than I did reading this, and I was only a boy scout for 6 months! About the only saving grace is the listing of further resources.
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I was expecting detailed informations, techniques ,drawings and pictures .
But that book rather gives samples of informations than real useful knowledge.
I would recommend bear grylls books or john wiseman sas survival guide more than
the us nay seals 's book .
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I was expecting much more. Hardly worth the effort. Minimal explainations at best. Poor descritptions. Nice cover. The seals have to have more detail than this.
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This book is written for trained and experienced personal who have had field training, not for the average person that needs to survive in an emergency. It is suited to provide an overview for new types of terrain for the person that has taken at least a few survival weekend courses.

It does cover the basic ABC's like don't panic, plan ahead and leave information on where you are planning to be. It also has lots of anecdotes on situations people did survive.

It is heavily illustrated, but does not reference the illustrations in the text, nor are the illustrations step by step procedures. Fewer and more applicable illustrations would be much more useful. The few step by step procedures in the text assume the reader has a vocabulary that most likely was not learned unless the reader has already performed the task.

There are many much better survival books for the average person, and for your emergency kit. The original U.S. Army field manuals come to mind.
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