In a world where acts of terror have become all too commonplace, America has turned to the elite warriors of special operations to lead the fight and hunt down those whose very ideology is one of hate for everything our nation stands for. Among those units one stands apart from the rest, carrying out the most dangerous missions with precision and now legendary lethality: the US Navy SEALs. What led these warriors to become one of the most feared and respected units in history?
From their birth in World War II as combat swimmers clearing the beaches of Normandy to their evolution into fighting men who could operate anywhere in the world by sea, air, or land, the intrepid story of the US Navy SEALs is one of courage, sacrifice, and world-renowned toughness that echoes of other great military units of history—the Spartans, the Roman legions, or the samurai. Take a look inside to find out what makes the SEALs America’s deadliest warriors.
Mann and Burton take the reader through the inception of the Naval Combat Demolition Teams (NCDU) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) during World War II, their testing and development in Korea and into the Vietnam War, where the SEALs truly laid the groundwork for their legendary status, and on into the present day. The authors highlight the major steps and operations along the way, discuss the training and what it takes, and explore some of the most important moments in SEAL history.
Don Mann’s impressive military resume includes being a decorated combat veteran; corpsman; SEAL special operations technician; jungle survival, desert survival, and arctic survival instructor; small arms weapons, foreign weapons, armed and unarmed defense tactics, and advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance, and Escape instructor, in addition to other credentials. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
“An engaging overview of these highly trained warriors....SEAL teams have been in nearly continuous combat for over 15 years, and the book provides some of the best tales of these missions, not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but other regions of the world.”—New York Journal of Books
Excellent read! This is one of the most in depth books I’ve ever read regarding the Navy SEALS. Don Mann and Lance Burton do an incredible job of taking the reader through the early UDT Frogmen in WWII to the warrior SEALs of today. Don Mann, retired Navy SEAL, gives the reader personal accounts from the indoctrination period, BUD/S, SQT, and ultimately having the Trident proudly pinned on their uniform, as well as some of his service to our county. Don and Lance share the stories of those SEAL heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty earning them the Congressional Medal of Honor. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about or wanting to become a Navy SEAL or someone who just likes to read about the SEALs.—Jimmie Lobley, Former SRT/Deputy WCSO Sheriff's Office
PRAISE FOR DON MANN
“Don Mann is an outstanding example of the military men this nation produces, and a top-notch tactical operator and instructor.” —Edward J. Pollard, Assistant Director (Ret.), Protective Operations, United States Secret Service
“Don Mann is a true warrior. He speaks from a place of knowledge and experience, and has truly ‘been there, done that.’”—Niki Anderson, Counterintelligence Advisor, Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies
“Mann does a fine job giving readers the feel of what it’s like to be a member of the SEALs, from danger to camaraderie.” —Booklist
“Filled with the kind of knowing, immersive detail that can only come from someone with real-life experience in the field.”—Howard E. Wasdin, New York Times best-selling author of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
"A riveting and accurate description of how special operations units actually conduct counterterrorist operations in the field.”—James Blount, former supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency