The U.S. Navy SEALSby David Jordan
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The United States Navy SEAL Teams were only founded as recently as 1962, on the orders of President John F. Kennedy, but they already have a reputation as one of the best special forces units in the world. The US Navy SEALs tells the story behind these SEa, Air, and Land (SEAL) specialists. The book begins with the SEALs' origins in World War II, when the Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) prepared beaches in Normandy and the Pacific for US amphibious landings. The UDTs also served in the Korean War, but afterwards were neglected. A new conflict in Vietnam demanded a new type of unit, and the SEALs were born out of the UDTs as a maritime special operations unit capable of a multitude of missions. The SEALs served with distinction in SouthEast Asia, targeting the Vietcong infrastructure and earning a fearsome reputation. Since the American withdrawal from Vietnam, the SEALs have seen action in Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. They carried out the notorious mission that led to the demise of Osama bin Laden. The book describes the full combat record of the SEAL Teams, and details their organization, equipment, uniforms and insignia. Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs and artworks, and with an authoritative text, The US Navy SEALs is a definitive history of one of America’s elite fighting units.
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The book is great. It gives out information that I love to read about. It gives information that you might need to know to become a SEAL. Great book
I was really hoping to enjoy this book. I know that I found it in the bargain bin so I guess you do get what you pay for. I've read a number of books about the US military and I found this one to be the least informative. It's more like reading a promotional manual for the SEALS. It seems like the author had nothing negative to say about the SEALS and was constantly "gushing" about how wonderful they are. Obviously, the SEALS are an amazing, elite unit but this felt more like it was written by the Department of Defence (with very little substance) than by an author who should have been looking at his subject a bit more objectively.