SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

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SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

St. Martin's Press | April 24, 2012 | Trade Paperback

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.

In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. 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 saw 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--a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. As a member of Team Six, sniper school followed and Wasdin became one of the best snipers on the planet.

Soon 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. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded. Wasdin’s tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.2 × 5.9 × 1 in

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006953

ISBN - 13: 9781250006950

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes a Certain Kind This book gives us a sense of the dedication, the work ethic and the extraordinary skills required to become a Seal Team member, it also highlights the constant struggle to remain an intricate part of an Elite group. It starts with Mr. Wasdin story on how he grew up to become the top sniper in the military's most elite and respected group. His father was a disciplinarian who was especially hard on him and demanded perfection. This tough sometime cruel upbringing laid the ground work for the extreme tests the rest of his life had in store for him. In his military training he describes the grueling selection process, Hell Week, boot camp and later on Sniper School where he was thought that the more you train, the less chance you will bleed in war. All through the pages he often describes his childhood memories and the lessons he has learned. In retrospect he has become a well discipline perfectionist who embraces his vocation extremely seriously. As a Team Six member he took part in Operation Desert Strom and on another mission the team took on a rebellious and out of control village, their objective was to capture or kill Somalia warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. It is during this mission we learn how important intense training can affect results. When taken by surprise they still preformed a heroic rescue of downed pilots even though some including Mr. Wasdin received life threatening wounds. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions. Skilled surgeons saved his leg and with extensive rehabilitation he returned to active duty but it soon became clear to him his performance was compromised so he eventually took medical retirement and went back to school to become a Chiropractic Doctor. This is an exciting book that kept my attention to the last page. Mr. Wasdin tells his memoirs with a deeply poignant perspective and an honest point of view from his painful troubled childhood, his demanding career in the navy right up to his present day life as a Doctor. I read this book after watching TV programs relating to Seal Team training and exploits, the background helped me visualise and understand the black and white text in a more intense manner. I was pumped reading the words of Mr. Wasdin and I can only imagine what it is like for these Elite Groups: endless training and living life on the edge….
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I read this book after reading Lone Survivor, thinking it would be just as good. It was something of a disappointment however. While I liked it and it was good, it wasn't great. It didn't grab and hold my attention as Lone Survivor did. We learn of Howard Wasdin's early life and the brutality he experienced at the hands of his step-father, his early and ultimately doomed marriage, enlistment in the Navy and becoming a SEAL, fighting in the Battle of Mogadishu ("Black Hawk Down"), and eventually a medical discharge from the Navy because of serious wounds suffered during the Battle, but we never really connect with him. The story comes across as superficial, covering material in too little depth. We're left with the feeling there is much more that could have been said.
Date published: 2011-10-12

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SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.2 × 5.9 × 1 in

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006953

ISBN - 13: 9781250006950

About the Book

For the first time ever, a Navy SEAL Team Six sniper chronicles how he became an elite warrior and the ferocious battle that nearly cost him his life.

From the Publisher

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.

In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. 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 saw 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--a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. As a member of Team Six, sniper school followed and Wasdin became one of the best snipers on the planet.

Soon 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. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded. Wasdin’s tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.

About the Author

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 twelve years of service. He lives in Georgia.
 
STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew things up during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.

Editorial Reviews

“As action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller…harrowing...adrenaline-laced." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"SEAL Team Six pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production...On his journey to becoming a member of the Navy''s best of the best, Wasdin proved his mettle in Operation Desert Storm and endured training that would break the back of most mortal men." --The Washington Post

"Describes the harrowing ops he undertook as part of the elite Seal Team Six squadron, including the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that almost killed him....reveals an intimate look at the rigorous training and perilous missions of the best of the Navy’s best." —Time

“SEAL Team Six is a masterful blend of one man’s—Waz-Man’s—journey from hard knocks to hard corps. Even better, Waz-Man and Templin can actually write as good as they can shoot. They capture your attention at every turn.” —Dalton Fury, former Delta Force Commander and New York Times bestselling author of Black Site and Kill Bin Laden

“Wasdin is a true warrior and real hero. SEAL Team Six is a must-read.” —Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC, bestselling author of Shooter

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