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  1. 10.1 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    The legend was forged in the fires of World War II, when special units of elite navy frogmen were entrusted with dangerous covert missions. These Underwater Demolition Teams, as they were then called, soon became known for their toughness and fearlessness, and their remarkable ability to get the job—any job—done. Years later, the renamed US Navy SEALs (for sea, air, and land) continued to be a wartime force to be reckoned with throughout the remainder of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. They served as rangers and scouts in the jungles of Vietnam, answered the call to duty in Panama, Granada, and in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, while developing into the very best of the best, the cream of America’s Special Forces crop.

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    Brave Men Dark Waters

    10.1 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.3 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    In April of 1972, SEAL Lieutenant Tom Norris risked his life in an unprecedented ground rescue of two American airmen who were shot down behind enemy lines in North Vietnam, a feat for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor—an award that represents the pinnacle of heroism and courage. Just six months later, Norris was sent on a dangerous special reconnaissance mission that would take his team deep into enemy territory. On that mission, they engaged a vastly superior force. In the running gun battle that ensued, Lieutenant Norris was severely wounded; a bullet entered his left eye and exited the left side of his head. SEAL Petty Officer Mike Thornton, under heavy fire, fought his way back onto a North Vietnamese beach to rescue his officer. This was the first time Tom and Mike had been on a combat mission together. Mike’s act of courage and loyalty marks the only time in modern history that the Medal of Honor has been awarded in a combat action where one recipient received the Medal for saving the life of another. By Honor Bound is the story of Tom Norris and Mike Thornton, two living American heroes who grew up very differently, entered military service and the Navy SEAL teams for vastly different reasons, and were thrown together for a single combat mission—a mission that would define their lives from that day forward.

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    By Honor Bound

    8.3 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.1 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain’s wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first ‘deniable’ secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death. Churchill’s Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of ‘freelance pirates’, undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare. Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers’ brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit’s earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.

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    Churchill’s Secret Warriors

    9.1 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Patrick Robinson, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Lone Survivor shares the gripping untold story of Mohammed Gulab, the Pashtun warrior who defied the Taliban and saved the life of American hero and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Bestselling author Patrick Robinson helped Marcus Luttrell bring his harrowing story of survival in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 to the page and the big screen. But the Afghani man who saved his life was always shrouded in mystery. Now, with The Lion of Sabray, Robinson reveals the amazing backstory of Mohammed Gulab—the brave man who forever changed the course of life for his Afghan family, his village, and himself when he discovered Luttrell badly injured and barely conscious on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush just hours after the firefight that killed the rest of Luttrell’s team. Operating under the 2,000-year-old principles of Pashtunwali—the tribal honor code that guided his life—Gulab refused to turn Luttrell over to the Taliban forces that were hunting him, believing it was his obligation to protect and care for the American soldier. Because Gulab was a celebrated Mujahedeen field commander and machine-gunner who beat back the Soviets as a teenager, the Taliban were wary enough that they didn’t simply storm the village and take Luttrell, which gave Gulab time to orchestrate his rescue. In addition to Gulab’s brave story, The Lion of Sabray cinematically reveals previously unknown details of Luttrell’s rescue by American forces—which were only recently declassified—and sheds light on the ramifications for Gulab, his family, and his community. Going beyond both the book and the movie versions of Lone Survivor, The Lion of Sabray is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the brave man who helped the Lone Survivor make it home.

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    The Lion of Sabray

    7.0 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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    8.2 hrs • 10/20/2015 • Unabridged

    In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting first-hand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas. Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Their efforts contributed to the historic triumph for US forces in Ramadi. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif, and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams. This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif’s formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.

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    Extreme Ownership

    8.2 hrs • 10/20/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.1 hrs • 8/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Professional athletes, surgeons, and first responders perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. Why do they thrive under pressure while others succumb? What separates the two is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to naturally exude an inner strength, but studies show that resilience is something that anyone can build. Analyzing the heroic exploits of US Navy SEALs and others who succeed against all odds, Stronger identifies five factors that combine to unlock deep reserves of personal power: Active optimism—believe that you can change things for the betterDecisive action—you can’t succeed if you don’t take the leapMoral compass—face any challenge with clear guiding principlesRelentless tenacity—try, try againInterpersonal support—gain strength from those around you. Drawing on the unique perspective of a standout team of authors (a stress-management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL), Stronger explores the science behind resilience and explains how you can develop this vital trait for yourself. Whatever your profession, today’s demanding world calls for a special kind of strength. This revealing book holds the key.

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    Stronger by George S. Everly Jr., PhD, Douglas A. Strouse, PhD, Dennis K. McCormack, PhD

    Stronger

    6.1 hrs • 8/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.2 hrs • 4/28/2015 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Fearless, the dramatic and unforgettable story of Roy Benavidez—a Green Beret in Vietnam who is known among special operations forces members today by a single word: “Legend.” Legend tells the heroic story of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, and Benavidez’s nearly suicidal rescue mission that saved eight lives and ultimately earned Benavidez a nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor. In May 1968, a twelve-man US Special Forces team entered the jungles of Cambodia on a covert mission to uncover evidence that communists were using the area as a major conduit for supplying the North Vietnamese Army. Little did they know they had infiltrated a section of jungle that concealed numerous enemy bases. They soon found themselves surrounded by enemy, low on ammunition, and using the bodies of their dead comrades as cover. Roy Benavidez, a Green Beret who had returned to the war after being grievously injured during his first tour of duty in 1965, heard the distress call and climbed onboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone. What followed was one of the most daring one-man rescue missions in military history, in which Benevidez, aided by the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, rescued eight soldiers, while fending off heavy enemy fire and sustaining extensive injuries himself. Despite his wounds, he refused to stop his rescue efforts until the last of the team was out of harms way. Only then did Benevidez, near death after being shot and stabbed more than thirty times, allow himself to be hauled aboard among the wounded and dead. With extensive access to family members, former comrades, surviving members of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, documents, and reports, bestselling author Eric Blehm has recreated the incredible story of Benavidez’s life, and of the inspiring events of that day, beginning with Roy’s poverty-stricken upbringing in Texas (orphaned at age seven, he was a migrant worker and a school drop-out). Legend is a fascinating lens through which to revisit the Vietnam War, through the incredible narrative of one of the military’s unsung heroes whose exploits and service resulted in the military’s highest honor.

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    Legend

    9.2 hrs • 4/28/15 • Unabridged
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    6.2 hrs • 12/24/2014 • Unabridged

    The Navy SEAL teams’ elite K9 warriors do it all—from detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys. These powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet. Mike Ritland’s job is to train them. This is the tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to train these elite dogs. After becoming a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action, and he instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland eventually started his own company to train and supply working and protection dogs for the US government, the Department of Defense, and other clients. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

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    Navy SEAL Dogs

    6.2 hrs • 12/24/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.2 hrs • 11/18/2014 • Unabridged

    The president recently announced that we don’t have a strategy for dealing with ISIS. “It’s too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS. I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” President Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. If we have been at war with terror for over a decade and still don’t have solid strategies for dealing with radical terrorism, then what have we really been doing the last thirteen years? It’s a good question to ask yourself, and at least the president was telling the truth when he said we don’t have a strategy for ISIS. As ISIS grows in strength with each successful battle, they will also set up the infrastructure of something resembling a functional state. They will become a self-funded organization making millions of dollars from oil revenue. Left unchecked, it is hard to say how powerful they could become. The dream of a pan-Islamic caliphate is most certainly beyond their reach, however, they could carve out a very large swath of the Middle East for their empire. If ISIS were to capture the first and second most holy sites of the Islamic faith, Mecca and Medina, the entire Middle East may very well implode. The ISIS Solution takes a look at the current geopolitical situation and the organizational structure of ISIS, and provides new thinking and strategies for dealing with the Islamic State in the Middle East. Its authors and contributors have over fifty years of combined experience in the intelligence, analyst, and Special Operations communities. Leadership and a new philosophical conversation of action are needed to eliminate violent terrorism. This book starts the conversation.

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    The ISIS Solution

    3.2 hrs • 11/18/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.5 hrs • 11/11/2014 • Unabridged

    The first complete history of the US Navy SEALs—from their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the war on terror—written with the unprecedented cooperation of the Navy Over the last fifty years, a small Navy unit has evolved into the world’s most celebrated fighting force: the US Navy SEALs. Until now, their stories have been sealed in the chambers of operational secrecy—and the brotherhood of SEAL anonymity. Here, for the first time, Naval Special Warfare Command and more than one hundred former and active-duty SEALs go on the record at last: highly respected retired SEAL Dick Couch and historian Bill Doyle record their stories in Navy SEALs, giving us the epic chronicle these legendary warriors deserve. Written with unprecedented cooperation from the Navy, Navy SEALs charts the SEALs story, from their origins in the daring commando units of World War II to their coming of age in Vietnam and rise to glory in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. Complete with never-before-seen documents and archival material, here are the greatest missions of the world’s most legendary special operators—in their own words.

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    Navy SEALs

    9.5 hrs • 11/11/14 • Unabridged
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    7.0 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    From bestselling author Patrick K. O’Donnell comes the untold story of World War II’s first special operations combat swimmers—the forerunners of today’s Navy SEALs. In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men—among them a dentist, a medical student, a Hollywood star, an archaeologist, a British commando, and even former enemies of the Allies—formed an exceptional unit that would later become the US Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America’s first swimmer-commandos, an elite breed of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the tactics, technology, and philosophy that live on in the Navy SEALs and shape the battlefield of today. During the war, the unit conducted some of the most daring operations behind enemy lines, but after the war its astonishing record was classified, lost, and buried—until now. In First SEALs, Patrick K. O’Donnell tells the remarkable story of World War II’s Maritime Unit—one of the greatest untold stories of World War II.

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    First SEALs by Patrick K. O’Donnell

    First SEALs

    7.0 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.5 hrs • 2/25/2014 • Unabridged

    What McEwen was able to achieve in telling the story of American Sniper, he and Miniter take a step further in telling many Navy SEAL stories in Eyes on Target. Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, Eyes on Target is an inside account of some of the most exciting top-secret missions in American history. For the first time, Navy SEALs step forward and share their minute-by-minute, bullet-by-bullet experiences in the face of death and danger, revealing: • How a SEAL sniper almost single-handedly held off one hundred terrorists in Benghazi for over seven hours, and the real reason that his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded • Why the Navy SEALs privately blame Obama for the deadliest attack in their history • How the SEALs became embroiled in a war in Central America when one of their wives was kidnapped • How the SEALs captured a top al-Qaeda leader in a Thai whorehouse From two master storytellers, Eyes on Target takes the reader deep inside the world’s most legendary unit.

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    Eyes on Target

    6.5 hrs • 2/25/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.9 hrs • 12/15/2013 • Unabridged

    As a commander of Delta Force—the most elite counterterrorist organization in the world—Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare—and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win—and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, readers will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life’s personal victories than they ever thought possible.

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    The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber

    The Mission, the Men, and Me

    9.9 hrs • 12/15/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.5 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    From the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Lone Survivor comes the riveting behind-the-scenes story of the three Navy SEALs who captured the “Butcher of Fallujah” and, having been charged with prisoner abuse, their long road to justice. On a daring nighttime raid in September 2009, a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the notorious terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, the villainous “Butcher of Fallujah,” the mastermind behind the 2004 murder and mutilation of four American contractors. In this no-holds-barred account, bestselling author Patrick Robinson reveals for the first time the entire story, from the night the SEALs stormed the al-Qaeda desert stronghold to the accusations and legal twists and turns that followed to the cut-and-thrust drama in the courtroom where the fate of three American heroes hung in the balance.

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    Honor and Betrayal by Patrick Robinson

    Honor and Betrayal

    By Patrick Robinson, with the cooperation of former Navy SEALs Matthew McCabe and Jonathan Keefe
    13.5 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 14.6 hrs • 10/8/2013 • Unabridged

    Special Forces soldiers are daring, seasoned troops from America’s heartland, selected in a tough competition and trained in an extraordinary range of skills. They know foreign languages and cultures and unconventional warfare better than any US fighters, and while they prefer to stay out of the limelight, veteran war correspondent Linda Robinson gained access to their closed world. She traveled with them on the front lines, interviewed them at length on their home bases, and studied their doctrine, methods and history. In Masters of Chaos she tells their story through a select group of senior sergeants and field-grade officers, a band of unforgettable characters like Rawhide, Killer, Michael T, and Alan, led by the unflappable Lt. Col. Chris Conner and Col. Charlie Cleveland, a brilliant but self-effacing West Pointer who led the largest unconventional war campaign since Vietnam in northern Iraq. Robinson follows the Special Forces from their first post-Vietnam combat in Panama, El Salvador, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Balkans to their recent trials and triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq. She witnessed their secret sleuthing and unsung successes in southern Iraq, and recounts here for the first time the dramatic firefights of the western desert. Her blow-by-blow story of the attack on Ansar al-Islam’s international terrorist training camp has never been told before. The most comprehensive account ever of the modern-day Special Forces in action, Masters of Chaos is filled with riveting, intimate detail in the words of a close-knit band of soldiers who have done it all.

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    Masters of Chaos

    14.6 hrs • 10/8/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.6 hrs • 10/8/2013 • Unabridged

    In One Hundred Victories, acclaimed military expert Linda Robinson shows how the special operations forces are, after a decade of intensive combat operations, evolving to become the go-to force for operations worldwide. Robinson has spent much of the last two years in Afghanistan studying the evolution of special ops in their largest and longest deployment since Vietnam. She has lived in mud-walled compounds in the mountains and deserts of insurgent-dominated regions, and obtained exclusive, sustained access to special ops missions, troops, and commanders. She shows the gritty reality of the challenges they undertake, and the constant danger in which they operate. In Afghanistan, SOF have not only faced a determined foe, but also had run-ins with the CIA, found themselves unsupported by conventional forces, and been under constant shellfire from Pakistanis across the border. Incorporating on-the-ground reporting and interviews with key players inside the national defense community, Robinson shows how the special operations are becoming the future of US military strategy.

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    One Hundred Victories

    10.6 hrs • 10/8/13 • Unabridged
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