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The most complete history of the U.S. Navy SEALs—from their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the War on Terror—written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community. The book will tie-in with a fall 2014 PBS series. Over the last fifty years, a small Navy unit has evolved into the world’s most celebrated fighting force: the U. The most complete history of the U.S. Navy SEALs—from their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the War on Terror—written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community. The book will tie-in with a fall 2014 PBS series. Over the last fifty years, a small Navy unit has evolved into the world’s most celebrated fighting force: the U.S. Navy SEALs. Until now, their stories have been sealed in the chambers of operational secrecy—and the brotherhood of SEAL anonymity. Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 100 former special operators, highly respected retired SEAL Dick Couch and award-winning author Bill Doyle record their stories in Navy Seals and give us the epic chronicle these legendary warriors deserve. Navy Seals charts the SEALs story, from their origins in the daring Naval Combat Demolition Teams, Underwater Demolition Teams, Scouts and Raiders commando units, and OSS Operational Swimmers of WWII to their coming of age in Vietnam and rise to glory in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. Illustrated with 40-pages of photographs, here are the greatest missions of the world’s most legendary special operators—in their own words.


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The most complete history of the U.S. Navy SEALs—from their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the War on Terror—written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community. The book will tie-in with a fall 2014 PBS series. Over the last fifty years, a small Navy unit has evolved into the world’s most celebrated fighting force: the U. The most complete history of the U.S. Navy SEALs—from their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the War on Terror—written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community. The book will tie-in with a fall 2014 PBS series. Over the last fifty years, a small Navy unit has evolved into the world’s most celebrated fighting force: the U.S. Navy SEALs. Until now, their stories have been sealed in the chambers of operational secrecy—and the brotherhood of SEAL anonymity. Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 100 former special operators, highly respected retired SEAL Dick Couch and award-winning author Bill Doyle record their stories in Navy Seals and give us the epic chronicle these legendary warriors deserve. Navy Seals charts the SEALs story, from their origins in the daring Naval Combat Demolition Teams, Underwater Demolition Teams, Scouts and Raiders commando units, and OSS Operational Swimmers of WWII to their coming of age in Vietnam and rise to glory in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. Illustrated with 40-pages of photographs, here are the greatest missions of the world’s most legendary special operators—in their own words.

30 review for Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

    Absolutely FANTASTIC! NAVY SEALS - Their Untold Story traces the rich history of the SEALs from their predecessor days as WWII Frogmen and Underwater Demolition Teams doing beach recon and blowing up the German obstacles preparatory to the D-Day landings through the roles they were assigned in the Korean War. These led to the "birth papers" issued for them in the same speech President Kennedy charged us with landing on the moon by the end of the 1960's. The SEALs matured with all the operations Absolutely FANTASTIC! NAVY SEALS - Their Untold Story traces the rich history of the SEALs from their predecessor days as WWII Frogmen and Underwater Demolition Teams doing beach recon and blowing up the German obstacles preparatory to the D-Day landings through the roles they were assigned in the Korean War. These led to the "birth papers" issued for them in the same speech President Kennedy charged us with landing on the moon by the end of the 1960's. The SEALs matured with all the operations in which they were a part in Vietnam to become the truly ELITE warriors that they have become in Iraq and Afghanistan after having learned some hard lessons in operations in Grenada and Panama. Undoubtedly, they are best known for their essentially flawless accomplishments in the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates and the killing of Osama bin Laden. I thoroughly enjoyed this superb telling of the history of this group of warriors who are without any doubt the elite of the elite of ANY military group from ANY country in the history of the world. Having personally spent 28 years of my life in the Navy, I am exceedingly proud to call the SEALs my brothers if only by the narrowest thread of association. I very highly recommend this book to all mature, interested readers -------------------------- POSTSCRIPT: I spent my active duty military service with the U.S. Navy. My ship - U.S.S. Vernon County (LST-1161) - was deployed frequently during my time on board from June 1968 to January 1971, to that area of South Vietnam south of Saigon, initially as a part of the Mobile Riverine Force on the Mekong River and later just around the western side of the extreme southern tip at the Ca Mau Peninsula. While reading NAVY SEALS - Their Untold Story, I learned of a number of SEALs assignments which we were supporting, although I did not know that at the time. The following quote from the book gives some insight into this: “SEALs were soon operating from riverine bases around the lower Mekong Delta. From 1966 through 1971, platoons from SEAL Teams One and Two conducted direct-action operations against the Viet Cong.” An interesting side quote from the same page as the previous quote is: “SEALs also wore pantyhose, to keep the leeches off of you when you’re going through the canals.” The incredibly brave Seawolf helicopter pilots were a significant part of the success of the SEALs missions in the Mekong Delta region. They would fly into some pretty rough combat areas to extract the SEALs when needed. They were always there whenever needed and without any hesitancy. The main responsibilities U.S.S. Vernon County had when deployed in this area was to provide helicopter and small riverine craft support, i.e., bullets and food. The Seawolf helos would land on our deck when we were at anchor in the Mekong River to get those supplies for their SEALs. I am proud to know that I played a small role, peripheral though it may have been, in helping the SEALs accomplish some of their missions. Another quote from the book gives some insight into the relationship between the SEALs and their supporting helos and between the helos and the LSTs (i.e., my ship and her sister ships): “The Seawolf pilots were superb. ‘I don’t know a single SEAL who operated in Vietnam and wasn’t saved by those guys at least once,’ wrote veteran Vietnam-era SEAL leader Robert Gormly. ‘They were the best helo crews I’d ever seen. Land-based throughout the Delta and aboard LSTs (amphibious support vessels anchored at the mouths of rivers), they’d fly anywhere, any time, to support us.” {Actually, the LSTs were anchored VERY CONSIDERABLY up the river from the mouth. In fact my almost 400’ ship made a transit from one site to another on the river almost to the Cambodian border, a VERY LONG, LONG way from the mouth of the river.} My final Postscript comment relates to the only Navy-controlled area of operations in Vietnam, i.e., Sea Float/Solid Anchor. It was a SEAL/UDT base anchored in Cua Lon River, 1969. The floating base (later moved ashore and called Solid Anchor) was a focal point for SEAL/UDT operations in Vietnam. A contributor SEAL described it as follows: “Solid Anchor was located in the southern portion of An Xuien Province. If Florida were Vietnam, it was the area at the southern tip, just below and west of Miami. Most of the territory was controlled by local-force Viet Cong guerrillas with an occasional company-sized North Vietnamese Army (NVA) unit moving through the area. A SEAL command history from that time described the environment like this: ‘exposure to almost impenetrable mangrove swamps, mud, tidal flats, prolonged immersions in water, and infestations of crocodiles, snakes, and other tropical animals, insects, and diseases, in conjunction with enemy booby-traps, punji stakes, and direct contact, have become a matter of routine on patrols, ambushes, and listening post operations.’ It was miserable, but it was equally miserable for our enemy.” The reason for including this quote as part of my postscript is as a basis for commenting that on several deployments my ship was assigned to the area around Square Bay, where the Cua Lon River flows into the Gulf of Thailand. We were at anchor about a mile or so off the coast. One time I was the boat officer assigned to make a re-supply run from our ship to Sea Float, several miles up the Cua Lon River from the coast. It was quite a “hairy” experience. [Book 4 of 2015 Target 50 (Jan-3; Feb-1)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    If you are looking for the "untold story", as promised by the title - keep looking. There is very little in this history of the Navy Seals that hasn't been written elsewhere. Much of what the authors choose to write about has been covered in much more detail, and with much more engagement of interest, in other books and articles. Part of this is the nature of the book. Dick Couch is a prolific author of military books, and is a former SEAL himself. But because of that, he is extremely careful to If you are looking for the "untold story", as promised by the title - keep looking. There is very little in this history of the Navy Seals that hasn't been written elsewhere. Much of what the authors choose to write about has been covered in much more detail, and with much more engagement of interest, in other books and articles. Part of this is the nature of the book. Dick Couch is a prolific author of military books, and is a former SEAL himself. But because of that, he is extremely careful to write only authorized material. This book not only went through the normal vetting process that former SEALS and others must submit to when writing of their experiences - the Navy gave particular blessing to this work, and gave a lot of access to Couch and his co-author William Doyle that other authors can't get. That access came with strings - big strings. UnSEALed is a hagiographic work - you won't find much, if any, criticism of SEAL operations or operators. The closest we get to that is when a few SEALS make critical remarks about how the teams were used in conflicts past. For example, several operators from the Vietnam era are quoted as believing that if the entire military had taken a more SEAL-like approach, the Vietnam War could have been won by the US. Whether you buy into that rather dubious idea or not, it isn't really a criticism of SEAL operations or tactics. You won't find anything like real criticism in this book - all SEALS are heros, and any mistakes made are left unaddressed, or at most attributed to rear echelon brass. In their zeal to never write about what the government doesn't want them to write about, they leave a lot of known material out. They reference the fact that US POWs in Hanoi were in direct communication with the US military/government during their imprisonment - but say that the method used is still "classified", over 40 years later. These methods have been written about extensively in other works - but you wouldn't know these methods are available publically by reading this book. The beginning of the book is also rather boring. In an effort to give a more full history of where the SEAL teams came from, the authors go back to WWII and the Naval Combat Demolition Teams, and the later UDT teams. While these men were extremely brave and worthy of writing about, the authors have little source material to work from. Most of the NCDT members are dead, and operational after-action reports were not the norm at that time. It takes quite a while into the book before things get interesting. I would love to see an outside author tackle this subject at length - without the hagiography, without the overly-adhered to restrictions of "national security".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Justin Totimeh

    (SPOILER WARNING)the Navy Underwater Demolitions Teams, Couch and Doyle present personal experiences of individual SEAL unit veterans, often through interviews with the authors. The authors also highlight historical aspects of SEAL operations and training that continue to be important today, such as explaining the origin of the relationship between SEALS and the CIA. Though serious students of special operations warfare will find little new material here, it is an entertaining and informative to (SPOILER WARNING)the Navy Underwater Demolitions Teams, Couch and Doyle present personal experiences of individual SEAL unit veterans, often through interviews with the authors. The authors also highlight historical aspects of SEAL operations and training that continue to be important today, such as explaining the origin of the relationship between SEALS and the CIA. Though serious students of special operations warfare will find little new material here, it is an entertaining and informative to read about the marines training .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hohrath

    "In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life... I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I wi "In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life... I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight." Excerpts from the SEAL Code. This book covers the operational and cultural history of the Navy SEALs from the inception of the Under Water Demolition Teams that took part in D-Day through their operations in the Middle East in the mid 2010's. It discusses in detail their evolution from a beach demolition force to the fierce all-purpose super soldiers they are today. In addition, it covers their basic equipment, tactics, and vehicles. Well as much that can be publicly released, as the CIA and DoD went through the book prior to publication. My favorite parts of the books were the descriptions of personal bravery and combat prowess exhibited by the SEAL Teams including the stories of many Silver Star and Medal of Honor winners. The other parts I liked were the interviews done of many Navy Seals(over 100) and how the author tied their quotes in and told much of the story in their voices. I am glad that the SEALs are on our side, they are professional and courteous hunter killers dedicated to protecting the American way of life with a legendary reputation that is well deserved.

  5. 4 out of 5

    L.P. Logan

    I'm on a kick lately with these books and I think it comes down to the fact that I want real life experiences. Throw in some history that I should know, but don't and neither do most people, and there is a high probability the book will end up catching my attention. This one definitely delivered, however due to my own assumptions prior to reading this, I wasn't expecting a full history of the Navy Seals from WWII to present (at the time this book was written.) Needless to say I was in for an awa I'm on a kick lately with these books and I think it comes down to the fact that I want real life experiences. Throw in some history that I should know, but don't and neither do most people, and there is a high probability the book will end up catching my attention. This one definitely delivered, however due to my own assumptions prior to reading this, I wasn't expecting a full history of the Navy Seals from WWII to present (at the time this book was written.) Needless to say I was in for an awakening. For one, I had no idea the SEALs played such an integral part of the D-Day success. Further, I had no idea how untrained so many of those men were. It was very humbling to read their stories and see the growth and change this organization has gone through in order to become what it is today. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I would have liked a bit more personal perspective rather than historical download data. Overall it was a good read and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or acts of valor.

  6. 4 out of 5

    nick

    this was hard to put down, find yourself reading threw the night. barley a chapter or so in an I found myself wanting to be a navy seal! yes im being a bit silly but at the same time dead serious. this was written very well, you can imagen being right there. though there where some typo errors. it was a bit funny. always interesting. wider view point of what it all was like, more things that happen and NCDU. wider view point of equipment techniques an explanation. I enjoyed how each chapter star this was hard to put down, find yourself reading threw the night. barley a chapter or so in an I found myself wanting to be a navy seal! yes im being a bit silly but at the same time dead serious. this was written very well, you can imagen being right there. though there where some typo errors. it was a bit funny. always interesting. wider view point of what it all was like, more things that happen and NCDU. wider view point of equipment techniques an explanation. I enjoyed how each chapter starts, though wont say more to spoil anything. once 2 of my friends borrow/finish this. i will add onto my review with there opinions, which will be a different take. they know exponentially more then i on the subject.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elena Ose

    One has to be enticed by the nature of such literature. A brief history of the notable events throughout a little over 60-year-old naval special operations force division. Ever so captivating, the Navy SEAL stories are packed with action, thrill, loss, lessons and chain of circumstances that showcase why and how certain occurrences happen. There should be a book about each of the notable events to describe them even in more detail to gain a clearer picture, however, just like history, everyone w One has to be enticed by the nature of such literature. A brief history of the notable events throughout a little over 60-year-old naval special operations force division. Ever so captivating, the Navy SEAL stories are packed with action, thrill, loss, lessons and chain of circumstances that showcase why and how certain occurrences happen. There should be a book about each of the notable events to describe them even in more detail to gain a clearer picture, however, just like history, everyone will have a point of view. One can read endlessly, and still never really understand, as everyone has a perspective on occasions. Exciting and informative, this is a good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    This was an engaging top-level survey of several Navy SEAL missions about which I did not know very much. It’s not the most detailed book, but to military readers and those interested in the special ops community, this one will peak your interest. After reading this one, I’d like to do a bit more research on Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada) for example. Overall, good book, and one that I’ll reference in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brianrobertbaumgarten

    This book was pretty dry. It read more like a history text book with added details and some opinions. After I was half way through, I couldn't process all of the information that was shared. This book was a bit different than the authors previous books. The author loves the details and this book sort of read in waves. The book does shed light on the Vietnam era seals and their importance during that conflict.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Riemens

    Good....not great. My expectations might have been too high, but it was easy to stop reading it and not care if a I picked it up again for days. That's a fail in my evaluation. The content was good, but again, not put together in a way I found interesting enough to just keep reading. Certainly recommended based on content, but not on intrigue.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Wombold

    SEALS Great book! I had known about the rangers in the Philippines that were part of the rescue at Batan, but it was enlightening to learn about the formation of the NCDU and the UDT. When I first joined in 71, it was SEAL/UDT training. I had thought about going with the SEALS or Submarines and I went with the latter. My hats off to these great warriors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katharyn Ahart

    Non-fiction must read I don't normally read nonfiction, but the book is a must read for anyone that cherished our fighting elite. Mostly, no surprises, but I did get a few. A lot was reinforced. As a veteran, I say to these special operations warriors, "thank you for your service."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Very informative history of the Naval Special Warfare Group dating back to its roots in World War 2 and spanning up to the recent exploits of Navy SEALs and the methods of unconventional/asymmetrical warfare as it is conducted today across the globe. Pretty good read, quick and easy and accessible.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marc Pongpamorn

    This book is about the story of the Navy Seals. The Navy Seals are soldiers who have the brains, brawn, and heart. 1 in 5 make it through basic training, and 1 in 4 who make it to basic training go on to become a Navy Seal. I really enjoyed reading this book about these real life heroes! Also talks about the Navy Seal Foundation at the end of the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roderic Lee

    History in the making This book looks at a group of warriors and how they came to be the most dominant force in Spec Ops. From WWII and their meager beginnings up to today, many men have laid the foundations of the SEALS. This book shows the reader how why and where. It is an honor to read about these warriors, to know their history and to associate with their legacy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    The book reviews the actions and events of SEALS. If you want to hear short stories of heroic actions, then this is a great book. I deeply admire and respect the SEAL culture. I was disappointed when the authors choose to focus on stories of actions. The culture of the SEALs embodies American values. This is why we all naturally admire the special band of brothers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joel B Champagne

    A great story The best history of a proud heritage I have ever read. Truly amazing Americans and super men. We are blessed to have them on our side. A great read and a superb tribute to America's finest.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth Daane

    This was a great read, focusing on the history and progression of the Navy Seals. I enjoyed the personal stories as well as the tales of others. I have an immense respect for our military and I’m glad to have read about this specific branch within it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Hickok

    Great Read, cover UDT in WW2 all the way into present day.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christian Hilton

    Amazing book, very well written. Loved reading about the original UDT guys!!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ken Hamner

    Great book about the history and accomplishment of the Navy SEALs and their contributions today. Well worth reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grant Barnes

    I'll say it again, in another life I was a Navy SEAL. They are the epitome of true American Heroes. This book covers the SEALs humble beginnings as UDT Frogmen in nothing more than swim shorts and a k-Bar knife all the way down to the bad @ss elite operatives of today with the latest high-tech weapons. ...still humble and still with a K-Bar knife. (The answer is 'yes' if you were wondering if I own a K-Bar knife) Creed/Ethos of the United States Navy SEALs: In times of war or uncertainty there is I'll say it again, in another life I was a Navy SEAL. They are the epitome of true American Heroes. This book covers the SEALs humble beginnings as UDT Frogmen in nothing more than swim shorts and a k-Bar knife all the way down to the bad @ss elite operatives of today with the latest high-tech weapons. ...still humble and still with a K-Bar knife. (The answer is 'yes' if you were wondering if I own a K-Bar knife) Creed/Ethos of the United States Navy SEALs: In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man. My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond. We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight. We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete. We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend. Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    A brief overview of the history of the UDT and SEAL programs. Why I started this book: Dare I mention that my first introduction to the US Navy SEALs was Suzanne Brockmann's The Unsung Hero and her other romance series about SEALs? My fascination has only grown with the leaks of various SEAL missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why I finished it: The problem with writing an approved tell all of a covert special operations group, is that the facts are a little hard to spot. And it bothered me how ofte A brief overview of the history of the UDT and SEAL programs. Why I started this book: Dare I mention that my first introduction to the US Navy SEALs was Suzanne Brockmann's The Unsung Hero and her other romance series about SEALs? My fascination has only grown with the leaks of various SEAL missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why I finished it: The problem with writing an approved tell all of a covert special operations group, is that the facts are a little hard to spot. And it bothered me how often the book would hold up for an example one incident from the time period being cover and basically say, this has been covered in the book and movie "fill in the blank." (Lone survivor, Captain Phillips, Black Hawk Down, etc.) I get that you can't share details but maybe some overview would be more interesting. If there have been less than 10,000 SEALs, what is the average length of time in the service? Do SEALs stay with one team their entire time or do they transfer like other military units? What percentage of SEALs are related, i.e. a son following a father, or uncle?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

    Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story by Dick Couch and William Doyle is an outstanding cook about the history of the Navy SEALs. This book is expertly written and really tells a great story of these great warriors. Beginning as UDT(Underwater Demolition Team) men during World War Two, the SEALs have been around for a long time. As the story progresses this book helps illustrate everything they did and how they did it. My favorite part of the story was near the end learning about what the SEALs have do Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story by Dick Couch and William Doyle is an outstanding cook about the history of the Navy SEALs. This book is expertly written and really tells a great story of these great warriors. Beginning as UDT(Underwater Demolition Team) men during World War Two, the SEALs have been around for a long time. As the story progresses this book helps illustrate everything they did and how they did it. My favorite part of the story was near the end learning about what the SEALs have done in the recent years. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in things war related, or just wants to know a little about SEALs, and how they came to be. After reading this book I am interested to start reading some more nonfiction war novels, which I have taken a little break from.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cormac

    Navy SEALs Their Untold Story is a fascinating complete history of the nations best:the Navy SEALs. It is filled with interviews of Navy SEAL's accounts on their history. it is filled with exciting stories and is informational at the same time. It starts with the UDTs in WWII all the way to the war on terrorism today. My favorite part of the book was the story about a SEAL platoon that was surrounded in a radio station,running out of ammo and completely out gunned. They managed to get out unharm Navy SEALs Their Untold Story is a fascinating complete history of the nations best:the Navy SEALs. It is filled with interviews of Navy SEAL's accounts on their history. it is filled with exciting stories and is informational at the same time. It starts with the UDTs in WWII all the way to the war on terrorism today. My favorite part of the book was the story about a SEAL platoon that was surrounded in a radio station,running out of ammo and completely out gunned. They managed to get out unharmed. They then had to swim miles out into the ocean and tread water for two hours until a rescue plane came over to save them. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the military, wants to learn about the Navy SEALs or likes history.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 21, 2016 Narrator: Will Damron In another life somewhere, I'm male, American, and a US Navy SEAL. I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Couch's historical account of the Navy SEALs, especially their origins in the 60s and the part they played in the Vietnam War. That's a war I know very little about as I was still too young to care about such things, but today, having read quite a few SEAL romances some years ago, and following the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, not to mention the killing of REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 21, 2016 Narrator: Will Damron In another life somewhere, I'm male, American, and a US Navy SEAL. I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Couch's historical account of the Navy SEALs, especially their origins in the 60s and the part they played in the Vietnam War. That's a war I know very little about as I was still too young to care about such things, but today, having read quite a few SEAL romances some years ago, and following the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, not to mention the killing of Osama bin Laden, I am more interested in these warriors in their real lives than in romantic fiction. Couch's account was very listenable, aided by Will Damron's narration, and some scenes were even more touching or thrilling than some of the fiction books featuring these heroes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Will Lohnes

    Detailed, hard, tough, and no BS. This is a history book on the SEALS that gives the facts, like it or not. Healthy and honest, the author gives a clear view of what brought about the beginning, evolution, and development of what are now the finest warriors living and dying. I learned and began to love the dedication and determination of men to be all they can be for the good of others and also to be the end of those who have given themselves to evil. God protect them as they fight for liberty, Detailed, hard, tough, and no BS. This is a history book on the SEALS that gives the facts, like it or not. Healthy and honest, the author gives a clear view of what brought about the beginning, evolution, and development of what are now the finest warriors living and dying. I learned and began to love the dedication and determination of men to be all they can be for the good of others and also to be the end of those who have given themselves to evil. God protect them as they fight for liberty, truth, and humanity.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    An interesting read, particularly the older history of the predecessors of the SEALS in WWII and Korea, and of their early exploits during Vietnam through Sept 11. I didn't find the chapters following Sept 11, as interesting, but I attribute that to having read several books relating to the stories being told. Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story An interesting read, particularly the older history of the predecessors of the SEALS in WWII and Korea, and of their early exploits during Vietnam through Sept 11. I didn't find the chapters following Sept 11, as interesting, but I attribute that to having read several books relating to the stories being told. Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

  29. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    A very good book about the evolution of Navy Seals and the equipment that they used. It talks about missions when they were known as frogmen and about their role in the D-Day invasion. It also talks about how some of the first SEAL's were equipped with know more than a knife compared to when they are equipped with some of the most high tech gear. It really is a great book that covers a lot of the history behind Navy Seals

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    I enjoyed this very much as my father in WWII was one of the Scouts & Raiders that participated in Operation Torch. The book didn't cover the S&R as much as I had hoped but I still enjoyed it very much. As a former Navy officer, I thank all service people for their service, but these exceptional Seals deserve special thanks. I enjoyed this very much as my father in WWII was one of the Scouts & Raiders that participated in Operation Torch. The book didn't cover the S&R as much as I had hoped but I still enjoyed it very much. As a former Navy officer, I thank all service people for their service, but these exceptional Seals deserve special thanks.

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