Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

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by Dick Couch, William Doyle
     
 

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“Captures the essence of Naval Special Warfare from our storied beginnings to the current fight and gives us a glimpse of what the future might bring for the 21st Century Navy SEALs.” --Admiral WILLIAM J. McRAVEN (USN, Ret.), former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command)

“The first comprehensive history of the

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“Captures the essence of Naval Special Warfare from our storied beginnings to the current fight and gives us a glimpse of what the future might bring for the 21st Century Navy SEALs.” --Admiral WILLIAM J. McRAVEN (USN, Ret.), former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command)

“The first comprehensive history of the special operations force. ... Couch and Doyle do a great job of putting the entire story into context.” --Military.com

Written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Naval Special Warfare community, this vivid and definitive history of the U.S. Navy SEALs reveals the inside story behind the greatest combat operations of America's most celebrated warriors.

New York Times bestselling authors Dick Couch—a former SEAL—and William Doyle chart 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 World War II to their coming of age in Vietnam and rise to glory in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11.

Illustrated with forty pages of photographs and based on exclusive interviews with more than 100 U.S. frogmen (including multiple Medal of Honor recipients), here is "the first comprehensive history of the special operations force" (Military.com).

Editorial Reviews

Admiral WILLIAM J. McRAVEN (USN
“Captures the essence of Naval Special Warfare from our storied beginnings to the current fight and gives us a glimpse of what the future might bring for the 21st Century Navy SEALs.”
Admiral ROBERT J. NATTER (USN
“Dick Couch, himself a SEAL warrior professional, is THE most respected and prolific writer on all forms of American military special operations. Couch and award-winning author William Doyle’s book is required reading for today’s special operations warriors and those who wish to know more about the Navy SEALs.”
Master Chief BILL BRUHMULLER (USN
“[The] definitive history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their forefathers. ... I will always cherish the memories and lasting friendships I share with my fellow Trident-wearing brothers who are dramatically brought to life in these pages.”
Master Chief RICK KAISER (USN
“I am impressed. If you want to read one book about Navy SEALs, this is it.”
Military.com
“The first comprehensive history of the special operations force. ... Couch and Doyle do a great job of putting the entire story into context.”
Publishers Weekly
11/17/2014
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.)
Admiral William H. McRaven (USN
“Captures the essence of Naval Special Warfare from our storied beginnings to the current fight and gives us a glimpse of what the future might bring for the 21st Century Navy SEALs.”
Admiral Robert J. Natter (USN
“Dick Couch, himself a SEAL warrior professional, is THE most respected and prolific writer on all forms of American military special operations. Couch and award-winning author William Doyle’s book is required reading for today’s special operations warriors and those who wish to know more about the Navy SEALs.”
Master Chief Bill Bruhmuller (USN
“These patriotic sailors do whatever it takes to defend America’s freedom, even if it means paying the ‘ultimate sacrifice,’ as so many have. I will always cherish the memories and lasting friendships I share with my fellow Trident-wearing brothers who are brought to life in these pages.”
Library Journal
11/01/2014
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
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-08
Developmental narrative of the esteemed Navy SEALs, co-written by a former member.Couch (Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine, 2014, etc.) and Doyle (A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq, 2011, etc.) co-authored this book as a companion to a PBS documentary: "It is our effort to tell the story of a remarkable elite fighting force and its ancestors." The SEALs' legendary improvisational toughness, write the authors, started with the underwater demolition teams in World War II. The UDTs were hasty responses to the horrific Tarawa landings and played a significant role in both theaters, clearing Axis beach obstacles under fire. The SEALs were formally established in 1962, after President John F. Kennedy "encouraged the Pentagon to beef up counterinsurgency and Special Operations forces." Couch narrates his own tour-of-duty experience during Vietnam rescuing POWs from a prison camp, terming such missions "a tribute to the professional culture that was emerging in the SEAL Teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s." Yet the SEALs' fighting autonomy caused controversy; as one recalled, "part of the Navy saw us as some sort of quasi-criminal element." The counterterrorism-oriented SEAL Team 6 formed in 1980 and fought in the Grenada invasion, the chaos of which led to the consolidation of the U.S. Special Forces Command. After this, "they morphed into professional, well-drilled, experienced, responsible operators" who were ready for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Couch and Doyle precisely depict many missions, including the famed rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and the killing of Osama bin Laden. They focus on SEAL history and tactics and their embrace of obscure technologies and weaponry while emphasizing that in the Special Forces, "Navy SEAL training is the longest and, arguably, the most difficult." Entertaining, no-nonsense balancing of legends and martial reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062336613
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/02/2015
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
200,875
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Dick Couch served as a Special Warfare Officer with the SEALs after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One in 1970, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. His nonfiction books include The Warrior Elite, The Finishing School, and Chosen Soldier.

A 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar, William Doyle served as director of original programming and executive producer during his seven years at HBO. He is the coauthor, with former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, of the New York Times bestseller American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. His other books include A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq, An American Insurrection (winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award and the American Library Association's Alex Award; and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award finalist), Inside the Oval Office (a New York Times Notable Book), and A Mission from God (with James Meredith). He was co-producer of the PBS special Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story, for which he co-wrote the companion book. He lives in New York City.

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