Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

by Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
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Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors by Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo

The ultimate story of America's dominant warriors

When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

Don Mann knows what it takes to be a brother of this ultra-selective fraternity. As a member of Seal Team Six for over eight years and a SEAL for over 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a current training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team 6, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

But to become a SEAL, Mann had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point-and beyond. INSIDE SEAL TEAM 6 is a high octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316204316
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Pages: 295
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Don Mann (CWO3, USN) has for the last thirty years been associated with the Navy SEALS either as a platoon member, assault team member, boat crew leader, or advanced training officer; and more recently program director preparing civilians to go to BUD/s (SEAL Training). Up until 1998 he was on active duty with SEAL Team 6. Since his retirement, he has deployed to the Middle East on numerous occasions in support of the war against terrorism. Many of the active duty SEALs on SEAL Team 6 are the same guys he taught how to shoot, conduct ship and aircraft takedowns, and trained in urban, arctic, desert, and river and jungle warfare, as well as Close Quarters Battle (CQB) and Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT). He has suffered two broken backs, two cases of high altitude pulmonary edema, and multiple other broken bones, in training or service. He has been captured twice during operations and lived to talk about it.

Co-writer Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen).

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Inside Seal Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
MountainmanMC More than 1 year ago
I read this book so fast I was finished before I new I was near the end. It made me hungry for more! Mr. Mann details his troubled childhood and his early Navy days before he was a SEAL in order to tell a story about a young man who, by sheer force of will power, overcame not only his troubled childhood but also everything the Navy could throw at him in SEAL training. His insane athleticism inspires and and wears the reader out. It seems he always had a new goal, a new challenge in his drive to excel. He gives some details of actual missions, which were then redacted by govenment censors (he leaves the lines, blacked out, in place, which I thought was a clever touch), but in the interest of protecting our existing Special Forces Operators, of course he left a lot to the imagination. Still, the book provides insight into what kind of training our elite forces are undergoing, and how special they really are. Reading this book made me laugh, cry, cheer and hoot. Mr. Mann's infectious personality is in this book. He curses like a sailor, tends to the wounded like Mother Teresa, and uplifts the reader with his story of his life. He is a true hero and you will feel the same after reading this book.
Reviews-ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Steve G. for Readers Favorite Upon seeing the title and cover of this book “Inside Seal Team Six”, a person wouldn’t realize that this book is a love story - a story about a man’s love for his God, his family, his country and his navy seals and all that they stand for. Don Mann’s autobiography tells his story of being a hotheaded daredevil teenager growing up in MA. He was beginning to get in more trouble when he fell in with a bad crowd. He realized that he was heading down the wrong path and decided to follow in his Dad’s footsteps by joining the Navy. Don wasn’t satisfied with being the average sailor; he wanted and craved more. He went through medical school and excelled but always strove and pushed himself farther. Don’s goal was to become a Seal, not just a SEAL but a member of Seal Team Six, the elite of the SEALS and he accomplished that goal. Don’s missions took him and his team all over the world, from deserts to frigid areas and to swamps and jungles. His love for the SEALS took its toll on his relationships and his family. He faced the same personal situations that we all do all over the globe. He went AWOL to help save his brother from losing his family and possibly his life from drug addiction. One of his most trying times came after he left the Seals; his step-son was murdered by the drug dealer. Don and his wife went on to form a successful company for those like minded people who were into extreme sports. When 9/11 occurred Don felt compelled to serve his country once again by training troops and allied troops. This audio book is a great one. Throughout the book there were beeps where parts of the book had been censored due to National Security. It is seldom that I want to listen to a book again but this is one of those books. Mann shares a few humorous incidents. Most of the book is dedicated to the life threatening missions the Seals face. This book is so interesting that I found myself sitting in the truck longer so that I could hear what was coming next. Mann’s life is fascinating. I highly recommend this book. I suggest this tome for young adults, especially males interested in the service. This audio book has a bonus CD with photographs. Peter Ganim does a great job of reading this book. He is clear and has read it with great intonation. I would highly recommend this book. Praise God that men like Don Mann and the Seals are on our side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After finishing Chris Kyle's 'Amercan Sniper' I was looking forward to this book. After only 3 pages in, the majority of the text was squares/blocks instead of words. I contacted customer support and the initial response, after realizing there is indeed a problem with the book, was "You will recieve an email in 1-2 weeks once the problem is resolved so you can enjoy your purchase." Errrr.....excuse me!? HOW ABOUT A REFUND? She talked to a supervisor and informed me a refund will be processed in 24-72 hours. Outstanding! Or so I thought because it takes 1-2 billing cycles for the bank to refund the money. In other words, 1-2 months! (And thats B&N's doing, not the banks) I even pleaded to just be given an online credit to where I would gladly make another purchase but was denied. With all the tablets on the market you would think B&N would do more to beat the competition and keep happy customers. Sadly so, I regret purchasing a Nook Tablet. I sure hope they get this book fixed because I know it will be excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im sure it's a great book, but so much of the nook version is messed up you can't read it. I had to get a refund.
cavmdc More than 1 year ago
I've known Donn for years and hadn't heard all of these details. His book is a quick read because it draws you in. I can see now why he is such a great adventure racer, his past was one big adventure race !
ken-lee More than 1 year ago
You can really appreciate what it take to become a SEAL and what they do. It is impossibly hard and not normal. It definitely takes a special person. There was a lot that was blanked out, probably appropriately, but a good book to read and one of several now available by and about SEALs. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself it good, but a lot of it is just blocks.... I do not recommend getting the book until they fix the issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read. I would recommened it to everyone to read, it gives you some great insight to how are special forces team live there everyday lives and the sacrifices they make to protect our great nation.
cathie35 More than 1 year ago
As a woman, I felt compelled to read this book. I come from a Military service family. My father had 44 years in the navy. He enlisted in 1927 and retired in 1971. As a child I remember those years he was away in the 1940's. I heard the stories of when his ship was hit and blown out of the water. Also of survival. I read this book with feelings of what one person gives up to do what he believes in. I thank God there are men (and Women) out there who follow their convictions. They give from the heart. Doing the good and the bad. The way they push to be better at what they do.. I can rest easy knowing there are men like these doing what they trained to do.. God Bless them all....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good except for the retractions this guy did some awsome stuff i have great respect for people so dedicated
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between extensive childhood history, retirement history and the huge amounts of redacted...not deleted, but actually blacked out sections that serve to annoy rather than mystify, content detracts from the books advertised topic. This along with mediocre writing, makes this easily my least favorite book about the Teams. While I'm sure the author has seen and participated in many amazing exploits, they are not detailed here with any degree of finesse or excietment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is everything. A manual for lifestyle, war, relationships and more! Don is the most credible author with an impressive military biography. A must read for all.
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