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Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

by Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter
Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

by Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter


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Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, EYES ON TARGET is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn't, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book contains incredible accounts of major SEAL operations-from the violent birth of SEAL Team Six and the aborted Operation Eagle Claw meant to save the hostages in Iran, to key missions in Iraq and Afganistan where the SEALs suffered their worst losses in their fifty year history-and every chapter illustrates why this elite military special operations unit remains the most feared anti-terrorist force in the world.

We hear reports on the record from retired SEAL officers including Lt. Cmdr. Richard Marcinko, the founder of SEAL Team Six, and a former Commander at SEAL team Six, Ryan Zinke, and we come away understanding the deep commitment of these military men who put themselves in danger to protect our country and save American lives. In the face of insurmountable odds and the imminent threat of death, they give all to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

No matter the situation, on duty or at ease, SEALs never, ever give up. One powerful chapter in the book tells the story of how one Medal of Honor winner saved another, the only time this has been done in US military history.

EYES ON TARGET includes these special features:
  • A detailed timeline of events during the Benghazi attack
  • Sample rescue scenarios from a military expert who believes that help could have reached the Benghazi compound in time
  • The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi
Through their many interviews and unique access, Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter pull back the veil that has so often concealed the heroism of these patriots. They live by a stringent and demanding code of their own creation, keeping them ready to ignore politics, bureaucracy and-if necessary-direct orders. They share a unique combination of character, intelligence, courage, love of country and what can only be called true grit.

They are the Navy SEALs, and they keep their Eyes on Target.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455575671
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 994,690
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott McEwen is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, about a U.S. Navy SEAL with the greatest number of recorded kills. His book will be a major motion picture in 2013.

Richard Miniter is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and, in 2012, Leading From Behind. He writes the National Security column for, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The New Republic.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Froggy Origins of the Navy SEALs 1

Chapter 2 The Violent Birth of SEAL Team Six 20

Chapter 3 From Pirates to Professionals 43

Chapter 4 Drago's War 55

Chapter 5 Afghanistan: Operation Red Wings 70

Chapter 6 Fallujah: The Perfect Op That Led to Prosecutions 86

Chapter 7 Benghazi, Libya: SEALs Alone 106

Chapter 8 Benghazi 911: When SEALs Answer the Call 124

Chapter 9 The Rescue That Wasn't 142

Chapter 10 Benghazi Timeline 175

Chapter 11 The Teams: Why the Unique Culture of the SEALs Matters 191

Appendix: Interim Progress Report 207

Notes 255

Glossary 267

Bibliography 271

Index 275

Acknowledgments 285

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