Book Review: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Élite Navy Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

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SEAL Team Six: Mem­oirs of an Élite Navy Sniper” by Howard E. Was­din (web­site) and Stephen Tem­plin (web­site | Twit­ter) is a mem­oir of Mr. Was­din time as a Navy SEAL. This book just hap­pens to come out after SEAL Team Six took out Bin-Laden. The book was not rushed to print because of the oper­a­tion. I thought this was an impor­tant point to make.

  • 352 pages
  • Pub­lisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 031269945X

My rat­ing for SEAL Team Six — 4

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Spe­cial Oper­a­tions War­rior Foun­da­tion


Thoughts:

SEAL Team Six: Mem­oirs of an Élite Navy Sniper” by Howard E. Was­din and Stephen Tem­plin is a well writ­ten mem­oir which walks the reader through Wasdin’s child­hood, Navy SEAL train­ing, sev­eral mis­sions and Mr. Was­din set­tling down with his beloved wife and children.

This is an excit­ing book, an easy and fast read. While the authors cover a lot of ground, the book kept my atten­tion through­out.

Espe­cially poignant, for me, were the chap­ters about Soma­lia and the Bat­tle of Mogadishu. I read a lot about that bat­tle and Mr. Wasdin’s point of view is raw, hon­est and dif­fer­ent from any­thing I read before. I am famil­iar with most of the peo­ple he men­tioned and read­ing about them, the tac­tics and the bat­tle from a dif­fer­ent, on the ground per­spec­tive were an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence for me.

I appre­ci­ated the chap­ters about the rough train­ing and the rea­sons for it (“the more you sweat in train­ing, the less you bleed in bat­tle”), it is amaz­ing the men­tal for­ti­tude of these war­riors which helps them go through, what seems to me, almost super­hu­man tasks.

At the begin­ning I thought there were a lot of prod­uct place­ment in the book, which I found dis­ap­point­ing, how­ever the more I read the more I real­ized that it is not prod­uct place­ment (even though it’s hard to tell) but sim­ply telling the reader about the equip­ment being used – the best of the best — and why.

A bit dis­turb­ing were the chap­ters about Mr. Wasdin’s child­hood and the abuse he suf­fered by his step father. Mr. Was­din cred­its that abuse with his abil­ity to with­stand pain and atten­tion to detail, which I gath­ered he truly believes.

I don’t want any­one who read this book to think that if you beat the liv­ing hell out of your child he’ll turn out to be a Navy SEAL or an élite war­rior. Mr. Was­din does make that point very clearly in the book, but I didn’t feel he made it strongly enough or often enough.

Dur­ing my ser­vice I have met many peo­ple from the spe­cial forces includ­ing the most élite units and the one thing com­mon to all of the was the sim­ple fact that this is what they were born to do.
You can­not learn or acquire the char­ac­ter­is­tics, capa­bil­i­ties and for­ti­tude to become an élite war­rior.
You either have those or you don’t.
Period!
You can hone your skills, find the hid­den tal­ents, sharpen them and prac­tice to become bet­ter but you have to be born with them to begin with.

At the end of the book there is a sec­tion about the “Spe­cial Oper­a­tions War­rior Foun­da­tion” founded in 1980 as a col­lege schol­ar­ship fund for chil­dren of spe­cial oper­a­tions war­riors who have been killed. Please take some time to visit them and make a dona­tion if you can.

So tell me, what is your favorite mil­i­tary memoir?

Syn­op­sis:
The book is a behind the scenes look at SEAL Team Six, a unit which spe­cial­ized in coun­tert­er­ror­ism, hostage res­cue, and coun­terin­sur­gency. Howard Was­din writes about the gru­el­ing selec­tion process, Basic Under­wa­ter Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) and sniper school.

After going through the selec­tion process, Mr. Was­din faced com­bat oper­a­tions in Desert Storm as a mem­ber of SEAL Team Two and got selected for SEAL Team Six. He was sent to Soma­lia on a mis­sion to cap­ture or kill Soma­lian war­lord Mohamed Far­rah Aidid.

Buy & Save onSEAL Team Six" through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on:
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ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account to the
Spe­cial Oper­a­tions War­rior Foun­da­tion

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.

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