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Rogue warrior
Marcinko, Richard.
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New York : Pocket Books, [1992, ]


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xv, 397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
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Includes index.
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V63.M297 A3 1993 Adult Mass Market Paperback Non-Fiction Area

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A brilliant virtuoso of violence, Richard Marcinko rose through Navy ranks to create and command one of this country's most elite and classified counterterrorist units, SEAL TEAM SIX . Now this thirty-year veteran recounts the secret missions and Special Warfare madness of his worldwide military career -- and the riveting truth about the top-secret Navy SEALs.
Marcinko was almost inhumanly tough, and proved it on hair-raising missions across Vietnam and a war-torn world: blowing up supply junks, charging through minefields, jumping at 19,000 feet with a chute that wouldn't open, fighting hand-to-hand in a hellhole jungle. For the Pentagon, he organized the Navy's first counterterrorist unit: the legendary SEAL TEAM SIX , which went on classified missions from Central America to the Middle East, the North Sea, Africa and beyond.
Then Marcinko was tapped to create Red Cell , a dirty-dozen team of the military's most accomplished and decorated counterterrorists. Their unbelievable job was to test the defenses of the Navy's most secure facilities and installations. The result was predictable: all hell broke loose.
Here is the hero who saw beyond the blood to ultimate justice -- and the decorated warrior who became such a maverick that the Navy brass wanted his head on a pole, and for a time, got it. Richard Marcinko -- ROGUE WARRIOR .

Author Notes

Author, businessman and motivational speaker Richard Marcinko joined the Navy in 1958, eventually working his way up to captain and becoming commander of two celebrated counter-terrorist units, Seal Team Six and Red Cell. He attended the Navy Post Graduate School and Auburn University.

Marcinko has mined his military experience to write books such as Rogue Warrior, which formed the basis for the fictional Rogue Warrior series, written with John Weisman. He has also written business books such as Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior and The Rogue Warrior's Strategy for Success.

(Bowker Author Biography) Richard Marcinko retired from the Navy as a full commander after more than thirty years of service. He is currently CEO of SOS TEMPS, his private security consulting firm whose clients are governments & corporations.

(Publisher Provided) Richard Marcinko, Richard Marcinko enlisted in the Navy and worked his way up to the rank of captain. He was the first commanding officer and founder of the counter-terrorist units Seal Team Six and Red Cell. He is a special operations expert in areas that include counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. His counter-terrorist units have engaged in missions from Central America to the Middle East. The Red Cell infiltrated the impenetrable and highly secured bases, nuclear submarines and ships.

Writing from his experiences, Marcinko's autobiography "Rogue Warrior" was a New York Times best seller. He has other Rogue Warrior fiction books that were co-written with John Weisman. Some of the titles include "Rogue Warrior: Option Delta" and "Rogue Warrior: Seal Force Alpha". He has also written non-fiction books on business strategy and leadership: "The Rogue Warrior's Strategy for Success" and "Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior", which was a New York Times best seller. Marcinko is also the CEO of SOS Temps Inc. a private security-consulting firm.

Marcinko resides in Rogue Manor in Washington, D.C. with his wife and children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Marcinko was a career navy officer, the maverick commander of an elite SEAL counterterrorist unit, and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He's currently a convicted felon incarcerated in a federal prison for crimes that he claims not to have committed. He dubs himself a rogue warrior; loose cannon, bloodthirsty killer, and complete jerk are other terms that may come to mind after reading this no-holds-barred autobiography. Marcinko recounts his life story with a two-fisted, in-your-face style, liberally sprinkled with profanity, rough humor, braggadocio, and violence both on and off the battlefield. Here is a man who admits that he likes to kill (in combat, it should be noted), who extols the character-forming virtues of barroom brawls, and who expresses a desire to become a professional assassin upon his release from prison. Despite, or perhaps because of, a personality that could abrade the paint off a battleship, he's a fascinating man with a compelling tale to tell. Military Book-of-the-Month Club selection. ~--Steve Weingartner

Publisher's Weekly Review

Special-warfare devotees will find this to their liking: an insider's account of the Navy's amphibious commandos known as SEALS, by one of the group's most controversial veterans, along with Weisman (coauthor of Shadow Warrior ). Marcinko describes his combat adventures in Southeast Asia in the '60s; his command of SEAL Team Six, one of the most effective counterterrorist outfits in the world, in the '70s; and his pioneering leadership in the '80s of Red Cell, a unit designed to test the Navy's vulnerability to terrorists. Super-macho in outlook and behavior, Marcinko delights in recalling the traditionally gross behavior of the SEALS as well as his own unique experiences such as eating the brains of a live monkey to impress his Cambodian allies. The super-secret Red Cell successfully penetrated many key U.S. naval installations, creating so much havoc that Marcinko was arrested. He is evasive about the conspiracy charges brought against him but reveals that he is currently serving time in a federal prison. Marcinko's anti-authoritarian behavior, as he improvises his own doctrine of unconventional warfare, makes for entertaining reading. Military Book Club selection. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

An autobiography of a career naval officer who dropped out of high school, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and spent his ca reer struggling to win acceptance for special warfare SEAL (sea-air-land) units within the Navy establishment from the late 1950s to the present. Marcinko provides detailed descriptions of the early transformation of underwater demolition teams (UDT) into SEAL units. With interesting vignettes about training and actual missions during the Vietnam War, he gives a close-up view of this specialized and little-known brand of warfare. Marcinko's participation in the Iran hostage rescue attempt in 1980 and the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983 provide a perspective vastly different from the accepted versions of these events. However, the overuse of salty language throughout the book that lends new meaning to the phrase ``curse like a sailor'' and Marcinko's polemical accounts of his struggles to win acceptance for specialized warfare within the Navy are unfortunate. Not a necessary purchase. Military Book Club main selection.-- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.