The New York Times bestselling 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.
Seal Team Six
I couldn't do much else in the two days it too to read this book. Politics aside just read it and understand how men & women in uniform have to make supreme personal sacrifices to be better than the enemy. The difference between a good army & a slick tactical dedicated and intelligent force is the calibre of men & women who serve. The best training can't compensate for the human element. Brilliant book with powerful insight into humane side of a soldier. I have a renewed respect for every man or woman in uniform. They are just people at the end of the day doing very dangerous work for you and me.
Seal Team 6 H.Wasdin
Very good book for special operations aficionados. An interesting life story with enough special operations details and lore to make it worth buying. The only lame part of the book was Wasdin mentioning that his wife cheated on him with a man of another race, therefore having a mixed raced baby. It was a catty detail that somewhat slightly diminished the standing of a very heroic and special man! My recommendation is to buy the book and save it for a transatlantic flight. The trip will go by very quickly.
I really found this book really hard to put down. To see how SEALS train and the sacrifices they make is truly amazing. The author also had me engaged by sharing his childhood and how that shaped him mentally to endure the mental training of becoming a SEAL. The missions he experienced made me feel like I was right there and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next!! It also reinforced my appreciation for the blessed life we all have here in America. God Bless all of our fallen soilders and God Bless the author for sharing His amazing journey with us. Great book!!!