No Easy Day

No Easy Day
Author: Mark Owen,Kevin Maurer
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9780451468741
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Release: 2014
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden and describes previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.

No Hero

No Hero
Author: Mark Owen,Kevin Maurer
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780698164444
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Release: 2014-11-10
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The companion volume to the multimillion-copy bestseller No Easy Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a SEAL Team Six operator. Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, is an account of Owen’s most personally meaningful missions, missions that never made headlines, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates in both success and failure. Featuring stories from the training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers readers a never-before-seen close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the SEALs he served with capable of executing the missions that make history.

No Easy Day

No Easy Day
Author: Mark Owen,Kevin Maurer
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9780525953722
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Release: 2012
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mark Owen is a pseudonym for Matt Bissonnette.

Gentlemen Bastards

Gentlemen Bastards
Author: Kevin Maurer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101611371
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Release: 2012-09-04
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of No Easy Day comes an insightful, inside look at the Green Berets—a legendary corps of soldiers whose exploits made military history. But now, its very identity and role as a fighting force may be forever changed. Until the war in Iraq, Special Forces were the military’s counterinsurgency experts. Their specialty was going behind enemy lines and training insurgent forces. In Afghanistan, they toppled the Taliban by transforming Northern Alliance fighters into cohesive units. But since that time, Special Forces units have focused on offensive raids. With time running short, the Green Berets have now gone back to their roots. Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out firsthand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood, the rigorous selection process, and the arduous training that makes them the best on the battlefield. Here, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory.

SEAL Team Six

SEAL Team Six
Author: Howard E. Wasdin,Stephen Templin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1429996528
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Release: 2011-05-10
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times best selling book that takes you inside SEAL Team Six – the covert squad that killed Osama Bin Laden SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges. Finally as a member of SEAL Team Six he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: The Marine's Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in SEAL Team Six, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet. Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help, and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales combined with inside details of becoming one of the world's deadliest snipers make this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.

The Finish

The Finish
Author: Mark Bowden
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780802194107
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Release: 2012-10-16
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.

The Easy Day Was Yesterday

The Easy Day Was Yesterday
Author: Paul Jordan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781921941917
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Release: 2012-07-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produce a young man hell bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. He survives the gut-wrenching training regime, deployment to the jungles of Asia and the horrors of genocide in Rwanda before leaving the army to embark on a career as a security adviser. His new life sees him pursuing criminals and gun-toting bandits in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons, protecting CNN newsmen as the US 7th Cavalry storms into Baghdad with the outbreak of the Iraq War, and facing death on a massive scale as he accompanies reporters into the devastated Indonesian town of Banda Aceh, flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami. During his 24 days in an Indian gaol, Paul Jordan discovers that friendship and human dignity somehow survive the filth and deprivation. This is a personal account of a tough, hardened fighter who suddenly finds himself totally dependent on others for his every need. The Easy Day was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest and raw, but laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, however, is the strength of his bonds with family and friends and the ability of the human spirit to survive even the direst adversity.

The Operator

The Operator
Author: Robert O'Neill
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781501145056
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Release: 2017-04-25
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama bin Laden. In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home. “Impossible to put down…The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations…In the larger sense, this book is about…how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O’Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is “a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America’s most storied commandos at war” (Joby Warrick).

No Easy Day

No Easy Day
Author: Mark Owen,Kevin Maurer
Pages: 316
ISBN: 0451468902
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Release: 2014
Editor: N A L
Language: en

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Men in Green Faces

Men in Green Faces
Author: Gene Wentz,B. Abell Jurus
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781466831315
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Release: 1993-06-15
Editor: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Full of ambushes and firefights...From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up." —Mark Owen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of No Easy Day Because it's a novel, the truth can be told. Because it's the truth, you'll never forget it... Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors—and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed. WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR Gene Michaels carries an M-60, eight hundred rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they'll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives. In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America's most feared warriors as you've never seen them before.

No Easy Day

No Easy Day
Author: Mark Owen (is pseud.)
Pages: 316
ISBN: 0525953728
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Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military, and describes previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.

Kill Bin Laden

Kill Bin Laden
Author: Dalton Fury
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1429960760
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Release: 2009-09-15
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world--an operation of such magnitude that it couldn't be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. As such, the task was handed to roughly forty members of America's supersecret counterterrorist unit formerly known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more popularly, the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force. The American generals were flexible. A swatch of hair, a drop of blood, or simply a severed finger wrapped in plastic would be sufficient. Delta's orders were to go into harm's way and prove to the world bin Laden had been terminated. These Delta warriors had help: a dozen of the British Queen's elite commandos, another dozen or so Army Green Berets, and six intelligence operatives from the CIA who laid the groundwork by providing cash, guns, bullets, intelligence, and interrogation skills to this clandestine military force. Together, this team waged modern siege of epic proportions against bin Laden and his seemingly impenetrable cave sanctuary burrowed deep inside the Spin Ghar Mountain range in eastern Afghanistan. Over the years, since the battle ended, scores of news stories have surfaced offering tidbits of information about what actually happened in Tora Bora. Most of it is conjecture and speculation. This is the real story of the operation, the first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, and the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers. Lastly, this is an extremely rare inside look at the shadowy world of Delta Force and a detailed account of these warriors in battle.

Not a Good Day to Die

Not a Good Day to Die
Author: Sean Naylor
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781101204610
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Release: 2005-03-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Award-winning combat reporter Sean Naylor reveals how close American forces came to disaster in Afghanistan against Al Qaida—after easily defeating the ragtag Taliban that had sheltered the terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks. At dawn on March 2, 2002, over two hundred soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into the mouth of a buzz saw in Afghanistan's Shahikot Valley. Believing the war all but over, U.S. military leaders refused to commit the extra infantry, artillery, and attack helicopters required to fight the war's biggest battle—a missed opportunity to crush hundreds of Al Qaida's fighters and some of its most senior leaders. Eyewitness Naylor vividly portrays the heroism of the young, untested soldiers, the fanaticism of their ferocious enemy, the mistakes that led to a hellish mountaintop firefight, and how thirteen American commandos embodied "Patton's three principles of war"—audacity, audacity, and audacity—by creeping unseen over frozen mountains into the heart of an enemy stronghold to prevent a U.S. military catastrophe.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor
Author: Marcus Luttrell,Patrick Robinson
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0751555940
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Release: 2014
Editor: Sphere
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al-Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive. This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing. Blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing, Luttrell endured four desperate days fighting the al-Qaeda assassins sent to kill him, before finding unlikely sanctuary with a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
Author: Stephen Enna
Pages: 406
ISBN: 9781728321868
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Release: 2019-08-05
Editor: AuthorHouse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY is the unofficial motto of the United States Navy SEAL’s. This story is fiction but it is built on a foundation of fact. It is the story of Ashley Morgan Jamison and how she earned the Navy SEAL Triton and became the first woman in American History to earn the right to be called a Navy SEAL. Navy SEAL’s are not born that way. They work hard to develop the physical strength to make it happen, and they must have a mindset that allows them to be mentally tough. Ashley is challenged at each stage of her life, but she meets all challenges with a mental toughness that very few possess. This is a story that just doesn’t happen overnight. It is a story that is developed over 23 years of a woman’s life. Every year presents a new challenge and Ashley thrives on challenges. Ashley’s story is fiction but it is not far from reality. Women are now allowed to apply to become United States Navy SEAL’s but they must pass every test that men must pass. There are no qualification differences. Some women have tried but as of this writing no woman has yet to succeed. It is my hope that somewhere, sometime a woman will read this story and based on Ashley’s experiences the reader will learn, apply and succeed in pulling off something that no woman has yet to accomplish. I would like nothing better than to see this fiction story become a reality.

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
Author: Seymour M. Hersh
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781784784379
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Release: 2016-04-12
Editor: Verso Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Electrifying investigation of White House lies about the assassination of Osama bin Laden In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama’s first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete, or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden. At the same time, the full story of the United States’ involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey’s involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria. This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama’s time in office. Was it an era of “change we can believe in” or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush’s misconceived War on Terror? How did he lose the confidence of the general in charge of America’s forces who acted in direct contradiction to the White House? What else do we not know?

The Only Easy Day was Yesterday

The Only Easy Day was Yesterday
Author: Anonim
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1591148200
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Release: 2006
Editor: Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is a comprehensive documentation of this singular training process through the extraordinary photographs of Richard Schoenberg.

No Easy Days

No Easy Days
Author: L. Douglas Keeney,William S. Butler
Pages: 112
ISBN: 1884532152
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Release: 1995-12-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Naval aviation is the most demanding flight environment in the world and this book shows why that is true. From World War II F6F Hellcats to F-18 Hornets, this book presents the incredible world of aircraft carrier mishaps and accidents using dramatic still photos and photo sequences taken directly from the flight deck itself. Includes dramatic ramp strikes, wave-offs, cold cats and more.

Building on Knowledge

Building on Knowledge
Author: David Bartholomew
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781444301410
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Release: 2009-01-26
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This guide shows design practices and other constructionprofessionals how to manage knowledge successfully. It explains howto develop and implement a knowledge management strategy, and howto avoid the pitfalls, focusing on the techniques of learning andknowledge sharing that are most relevant in professional practice.Expensive IT-based ‘solutions’ bought off-the-shelfrarely succeed in a practice context, so the emphasis here is onpeople-centred techniques, which recognise and meet real businessknowledge needs and fit in with the organisational culture. Knowledge is supplanting physical assets as the dominant basisof capital value and an understanding of how knowledge is acquired,shared and used is increasingly crucial in organisational success.Most business leaders recognise this, but few have yet succeeded inmaking it the pervasive influence on management practice that itneeds to become; that has turned out to be harder than itlooks. Construction professionals are among those who have furthest togo, and most to gain. Design is a knowledge-based activity, andproject managers, contractors and clients, as well as architectsand engineers, have always learned from experience and shared theirknowledge with immediate colleagues. But the intuitive processesthey have traditionally used break down alarmingly quickly asorganisations grow; even simply dividing the office over two floorscan noticeably reduce communication. At the same time, increasinglysophisticated construction technology and more demanding marketsare making effective management of knowledge ever more important.Other knowledge-intensive industries (such as managementconsultancy, pharmaceuticals, and IT), are well ahead in adopting amore systematic approach to learning and sharing knowledge, andseeing the benefits in improved technical capacity, efficiency,customer satisfaction and reduced risk.

American Sniper

American Sniper
Author: Chris Kyle,Scott McEwen,Jim DeFelice
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780062082374
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Release: 2012-01-03
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.