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Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper Hardcover – 10 May 2011
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 331 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031269945X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312699451
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DR. HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November, 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia.
STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.
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Wasdin narrates in a such a way where the reader has a clear view and understanding of his story. Supplied with a detailed explanation for every military abbreviation narrated, will never leave the readers puzzled.
Wasdin gives a thorough detailed insight on his SEAL training and challenges he faced, the missions his carried out to protect his country. He shares the bone chilling story of the Battle of Mogadishu, Operation Gothic Serpent to be specific which was carried out on 3 Oct 1993. The mission was to capture the key members of the late Somalian warlord Mohamad Farrah Aidid. The mission was only suppose to be completed within 1 hour but instead the US military was pinned down by Somalian militias within Aidid's most powerful district which is the Bakara Market.
Wasdin's narration does not only reflect his patriotism towards his nation, but he is also an icon of inspiration to other fellow Americans and the rest of the world who is planning on endeavoring into the world of military.
A must buy and read book!! Double thumbs up and hats off to Howard E. Wasdin!
The reason this book is so great is because it gives me an idea of what that guy had to do to get to where he was when I met him. The mentality, that grit. It can't be taught but it can be developed and harnessed by anyone, and this book taught me one thing, as tough as I think I am, I am not nearly that tough. I'd break, and so would most of us. From the opening story of his childhood to how touched he is by people in his later years this is a great book that not only opens your eyes to the training that goes into war, it's heartbreaking to see the effects of war, to walk those streets and hear those screams and have a vivid story of people in shock at a scratch and people operating despite multiple gun shot wounds. The book goes into detail about the politics involved in war and how we as American's shouldn't call it a war anymore. We are now an occupying force until a person in an office gets their votes then says, okay, good, pull out.
The book details the struggles from childhood, to adulthood to what you will do for money in between. I can't say enough about this book but can say this to people who write bad reviews.
One reviewer claims that he didn't like the book because it felt like an advertisement for products, I personally couldn't have been happier. I have spent great deals of times in tents and cold and wet, hungry and trying to figure out how to do this or that and what would make those task easier. I read this book and looked up the products he used, the things he trusts. Why, because anyone who has even went to a camp ground once that had a water slide will tell you, knowing what to use and what to bring, being prepared is one of the greatest things another person can pass on to you. Do I agree with everything, no, I wear Khul pants, he doesn't, but I'm happy he went into detail on what gun he trust, what food, what clothes, glasses etc, because people who have done these things, like to share and pass on how much they love these things. I can list a good handful of products that I swear by, from a robot vacuum to a knife to a computer. The things that people trust and share is just as good as an amazon review.
Second, so there are spelling errors, the U.S. Constitution has grammatical errors, that's life. The book is well written, it's well researched and it's paced well. The story unfolds linearly and has a few spelling errors, none that make me slam my kindle on the ground in frustration as I have currently lost the point of the story. A few "was" could be "were's". I am as much as a grammatically ninja as the next person, but the guy didn't go to school and get a masters degree in writing, his editor missed a few common things, when I wrote my book the editor missed them there too. You don't see people shouting about how Anne Frank didn't punctuate things correctly.