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Title:
Navy SEALs : their untold story
Author:
Couch, Dick, 1943- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xxii, 310 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary:
Written with the cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community, here is the definitive history of the U.S. Navy SEALs, a chronicle that reveals the inside story behind the greatest combat operations of our nation's most celebrated warriors. The authors draw on exclusive interviews with more than 100 special operators (including multiple Medal of Honor recipients), as well as thousands of pages of declassified documents, to create a vivid portrait of the SEALS in action. The book charts the evolution of the frogmen from their origins in World War II and the Korean War, when Navy commando teams cleared mines and scouted landing sites ahead of the main American forces. After their official founding in 1962 by order of President John F. Kennedy, and early covert operations in Cuba, the SEALS came of age in the jungles of Vietnam, where they specialized in the most daring missions. Couch and Doyle trace their transformation in the 1980s and 1990s--when special operations teams were centralized under the U.S. Special Operations Command--including untold accounts from Panama, Grenada, Somalia, and the first Gulf War. Finally, we follow their rise to preeminence in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. -- From publisher description.
Language:
English
Contents:
The fantastic hour -- Dawn of the naked warriors -- Hot war, cold water -- The birth of the SEALs -- Into the jungle -- Tragedy and resurrection : the post-Vietnam years -- Terror and destiny : Mideast and antiterror operations.
ISBN:
9780062336606
Format :
Book

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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.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.


Author Notes

He graduated at the top of BUD/S Class 45 in 1969 and was first in his class at the Navy Underwater Swimmers School and the Army Military Free-Fall School. As Whiskey Platoon Commander with SEAL Team One in Vietnam, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of that conflict. He lives in Idaho.

(Publisher Provided)

Dick Couch was born in Mississippi and raised in Southern Indiana. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967. After attending DASH controller training, he reported aboard the naval destroyer USS Mansfield DD728. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 45 in 1969, and was the class Honorman. He graduated first in his class at the Navy Underwater Swimmers School and the Army Free Fall (HALO) School. As Whiskey Platoon Commander with SEAL Team One in Vietnam, he led one of the few successful prisoner of war rescue operations of that conflict.

Following his release from active duty in the U.S. Navy, he served as a maritime and paramilitary case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1997, he retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain. He also became a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction titles include Seal Team One, Pressure Point, Silent Descent, Rising Wood and Covert Acrion. His non-fiction titles include: The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy SEALS and the Winning of al-Anbar, A Tactical Ethic: Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace and Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger. In 2014 his fiction title, Out of the Ashes, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the title, much of what former SEAL Couch (Sheriff of Ramadi) and historian Doyle (American Gun, with Chris Kyle) cover has been shared elsewhere, but they fill a niche among the voluminous, recent accounts of Navy SEAL operations by linking the pre-9/11 history of the SEALs to the extensive combat operations conducted since. The authors claim that this is the only history of the SEALs that covers the entire period of the SEALs' existence, and they tell the story through a series of vignettes selected to capture the essence of the SEAL combat experience. Beginning with the SEALs' WWII predecessors, 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 read for a general audience. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Billed as the complete history of this special forces group, retired SEAL Couch (Always Faithful, Always Forward) and historian Doyle (coauthor, American Gun) detail the evolution of the SEALs from World War II through the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with stops along the way in Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama. Told chronologically, the work reads more like an oral history than a complete chronicle. The authors provide little analysis and don't spend enough time contextualizing events within a larger framework. Nevertheless, once the narrative moves toward the present, their writing gains focus and the text is more compelling, if at times still choppy and disjointed. Couch and Doyle do an admirable job in portraying the demanding training, highlighting the wide range of hazardous situations, and underscoring the bravery that Navy SEALs have engaged in with each operation. VERDICT Published to coincide with a PBS documentary of the same name scheduled to air on Veterans Day, this title will be essential reading for military buffs. Documentary watchers and interested general readers will also enjoy this work. [See Prepub Alert, 6/2/14.]-Chris Sauder, Round Rock P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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