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To Be a U.S. Navy SEAL
To Be a U.S. Navy SEAL
by Cliff Hollenbeck
Paperback from Zenith Press
Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism
Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism
by Dick Couch
In America’s battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight—stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. Here for the first time is a SEAL insider’s battle history of these Special Operations warriors in the war on terrorism. 

“Down range” is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq call their area of operations. In this new mode of warfare, “down range” can refer to anything from tracking roving bands of al-Qaeda on a remote mountain trail in Afghanistan to taking down an armed compound in Tikrit and rousting holdouts from Saddam Hussein’s regime. It could mean interdicting insurgents smuggling car-bomb explosives over the Iraqi-Syrian border or silently boarding a freighter on the high seas at night to enforce an embargo. In other words, “down range” could be anywhere, anytime, under any conditions. 

In Down Range, author Dick Couch, himself a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, uses his unprecedented access to bring the reader firsthand accounts from the warriors in combat during key missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Couch creates a pulse-pounding, detailed narrative of the definitive engagements of this war, while painting an unusually intimate portrait of these warriors in the field. The performance of the SEALs in difficult, changing environments—in the heat of the Afghan desert, in the snow-packed Hindu Kush, on the high seas, and in the urban chaos of Baghdad—has been nothing short of extraordinary. The SEALs, coordinating with other American forces, the CIA, and foreign special operations units like the Polish GROM, have once more shown their genius for improvisation and capacity for courageous action in leading the fight against this new and vicious enemy. 

The first battle history of its kind, Down Range is a riveting close-up of some of America’s finest warriors in action against a deadly foe. 
Paperback from Three Rivers Press

The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident
The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident
by Dick Couch
Paperback from Three Rivers Press
Class-29 : The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs
by John Carl Roat

Death in the Delta: Diary of a Navy Seal
Gary R. Smith, Alan Maki

Death in the Jungle: Diary of a Navy Seal
Gary R. Smith, Alan Maki

The Element of Surprise: Navy Seals in Vietnam
Darryl Young
Paperback / Published 1995

Good to Go : The Life and Times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two
by Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
In the mid-nineteen sixties, Harry Constance made a life-altering journey that led him out of Texas and into the jungles of Vietnam. As a young naval officer, he went from UDT training to the U.S. Navy's newly formed SEAL Team Two, and then straight into furious action. By 1970, he was already the veteran of three hundred combat missions and the recipient of thirty-two military citations, including three Bronze stars and a Purple Heart.
Paperback - 413 pages Reprint edition
Avon; ISBN: 0380729660

Hunters & Shooters - An Oral History of the US Navy Seals in Vietnam
Bill Fawcett (Editor)

Master Chief: Diary of a Navy SEAL
Gary R. Smith
A winner of the Purple Heart recounts his fifth tour of duty in Vietnam as a member of the elite Navy SEALs and his rise to the highest enlisted rank, master chief petty officer. Ingram

The Men Behind the Trident: SEAL Team One in Vietnam
Dennis J. Cummings (Editor)
Paperback - 254 pages Reissue edition
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553579282

One Perfect Op: An Insider's Account of the Navy Seal Special Warfare Teams
by Dennis C. Chalker, et al
Dennis Chalker says "the greatest challenge offered by the U.S. military [is] to become a Navy SEAL." A former SEAL himself, Chalker tells of his life and times in one of the military's most elite units. Much of One Perfect Op describes the extensive training each SEAL goes through, not only to become a SEAL but to remain one: "Our training had been hard and dangerous for a reason: you train as you fight." And the training certainly was hazardous--Chalker describes how one of his teammates was killed during an exercise. About half the book goes by before Chalker sees his first real combat, during the invasion of Grenada in 1983. His unit was tasked with protecting the island's governor. He also saw action in Panama and on a number of other operations, though he often leaves out the names of places and dates because these remain classified. His career was certainly varied. He was once part of "Red Cell," a special SEAL team whose job was to play the part of terrorists and test the security of naval facilities. At another point, he stormed a hostile beach to help a family escape. His equipment included all the standard SEAL hardware--guns, night-vision goggles, etc.--as well as a baby carrier and pacifier. Richard Marcinko writes the introduction (Chalker served under him), and his fans will easily become Chalker's fans as well. --John Miller -
Hardcover: 332 pages
William Morrow & Co; ISBN: 0380978040; (March 26, )

Point Man
James, Chief Watson
Chief Petty Officer James "Patches" Watson was there at the beginning of the Navy SEALs--America's deadliest and most elite fighting force. This is the story of a hero who walked the point through three tours of Vietnam . . . staying alert to trip wires, booby traps and punji pits as he guided his squad on mission after mission.

Seal! : From Vietnam's Phoenix Program to Central America's Drug Wars : Twenty-SixYears With a Special Operations Warrior
by Michael J. Walsh
Paperback - 292 pages (November )
Pocket Books; ISBN: 0671868535

SEALs: UDT/SEAL Operations in Vietnam
T. L. Bosiljevac
Paperback / Published 1991

Warrior Soul : The Memoir of a Navy SEAL
by Chuck Pfarrer
Hardcover from Random House
The Warrior Elite : The Forging of Seal Class 228
by Dick Couch, Cliff Hollenbeck (Photographer)
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Whattaya Mean I Can't Kill 'Em? : A Navy Seal in Vietnam
by Rad, Jr. Miller
Paperback 1 Ed edition (December )
Ivy Books; ISBN: 0804117667

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