In addition to Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor book there have been numerous excellent books written about and by Navy SEALs over the years. I have attempted to compile a list, in no particular order, of some of the best ones available.
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American Sniper (Chris Kyle, 2012) – From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.
Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown ( Eric Blehm, 2012) – Fearless is the story of legendary SEAL Team Six operator Adam Brown. It’s a story of overcoming demons, faith and the love of family. Brown rose to the top level of the U.S. Military making it into SEAL Team Six despite having lost sight in one eye and having to learn how to shoot with his other hand after suffering a terrible injury to his dominant hand. Always the first to volunteer for dangerous missions Brown’s final act of bravery cost him his life in a daring night time raid on a Taliban compound in the mountains of Afghanistan. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Lone Survivor (Marcus Luttrell, 2009) – Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.
This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwings, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
No Easy Day (Mark Owen, 2012) – For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.
Rogue Warrior (Richard Marcinko, 1993) – A brilliant virtuoso of violence, Richard Marcinko rose through Navy ranks to create and command one of this country’s most elite and classified counterterrorist units, SEAL TEAM SIX. The thirty-year veteran recounts the secret missions and Special Warfare madness of his worldwide military career — and the riveting truth about the top-secret Navy SEALs.
SEAL Warrior: The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday (Thomas Keith, 2010) – SEAL Warrior is the vivid, gritty, transporting memoir of a man destined for combat, a third-generation soldier for whom serving his country was not only an honor, it was tradition. While his grandfathers fought in France, and his father’s position as a U.S. Navy Chief took him all around the world, Tom Keith fought his first war in the jungles of Vietnam.
Service: A Navy SEAL at War (Marcus Luttrell, 2012) -After physically healing from the wounds he suffered during Operation Red Wings, Marcus Luttrell returned to action in Iraq as a member of SEAL Team Five. He tells of the six brutal months he spent in war-torn Ramadi in what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations. Luttrell also shares new details about his dramatic rescue in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings.
The Warrior Elite (Dick Couch, 2003) – What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors.