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Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Gormly
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc USA; Reprint edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451193024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451193025
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,310,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A retired Navy SEAL Captain tells his story about the daring top-secret missions assigned to the SEALs in Vietnam, Grenada, and the Persian Gulf and delves into what it takes to be this type of American hero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A balanced, fast-paced and accurate account of Navy SEALs.
Throughout my years as a SEAL, I worked with some of the most outstanding people ever to serve our country. Any success I had was due to their dedication and support. Being a SEAL means being a part of one of the most tightly knit teams there can be. Our lives literally depended on each other. Most SEALs I know were not Rambo, and they weren't "rogue warriors" either. They were professionals with the toughest jobs in the world. They were highly trained, highly motivated men who executed dangerous missions on a routine basis. For them, it was "another day at the office," even when it involved parachuting into high seas, or moving up a canal through waist-deep mud on the way to attack a Viet Cong stronghold. I am extremely proud to have worked with these men, and honored to have this opportunity to tell a little bit of their history, as I've lived it. This story is as much theirs as it is mine. Certainly the finest compliment I have received on this book is when a former teammate read the book and called me up to say, simply, "Good job." Two small words, but they are the highest praise I could have gotten. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a hero's story 28 May 1998
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Format:Hardcover
They are sometimes called "The Silent Option." They are the "elite of the elite." They are the US Navy SEALs, and Bob Gormly may be the best of this group of men already known as "the best of the best."
COMBAT SWIMMER is more than just the memoir of one man's combat experiences. It is a fascinating look inside the head of one of America's REAL heroes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars rip off prices from book dealers 25 May 2011
Format:Audio Cassette
english, do not pay $75 for this book
these dealers are ripping you off
it's worth about $2 in reading shape
book is good read
guy is the best of the best
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4.0 out of 5 stars Job well done 29 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gormly tells his stories as he would telling it to you face to face. Riveting, factual, impressive, this book delivers, but at times seems as he still can't say all that he wants to. He actually skips over ten to thirteen years of his career and then quickly brushes over them in the next chapter. Oddly structed, the book is still easy to read and accomplish in one to three days. The 'Nam experience is certainly the best and well executed, many of the later parts seemed brushed over and vaguely displayed. Check it out, it's factual and to the point, it's an honest read. His rant about terrorism at the end is the best way to put it, his position is always right on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMBAT SWIMMER a must read 22 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put the book down. Capt. Robert A. Gormly tells it like it is. Because of this book I have decided to join the Navy SEALs. For a book to influence me like that it has to be a excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMBAT SWIMMER a must read 22 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put the book down. Capt. Robert A. Gormly tells it like it is. Because of this book I have decided to join the Navy SEALs. For a book to influence me like that it has to be a excellent book.
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Format:Hardcover
Cpt. Gormly tells of his experiences in Vietnam, Grenada, the Achille Lauro incident and other times with the expertise of a true combat veteran. This is an excellent account of the action, as well as the politics, for anyone interested in the history of the SEALS. A story which will captivate anyone who reads it. The best book on the SEALS, from one of the best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but very dry
This book was ok. There are better/more exciting books on SEALs. This book did give me a new respect for what the SEALs are capable of and is good at showing how the military... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, honest, and to the point. A true warrior.
Served with Capt. GORMLEY in SEAL Team TWO. A fine officer, fair, a leader, and listened to his men. Enjoyed his book, and authencity. Glad I bought this book. J.H. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
What a great book, the author did a superb job describing almost all aspects of SEAL life. From the history, to the politics, to the training, to the fighting, to the losses, and... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A real book by a real operator
Those who are not operators live off the reputation of those who are. Bob Gormly was an operator and performed in the highest tradition of Naval Special Warfare. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars FACTUAL, INTENSE CHILLING SYNOPSIS OF HIS CAREER
CDR. GORMLEY HAS DONE A MASTERFUL STORYTELLING JOB IN RECREATING HIS ADVENTURES AS A NAVY SEAL AND AS COMMANDER OF A SEAL TEAM. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, factual, honest, thoughtful, enjoyable
Bob Gormley has given us (finally) a balanced and realistic look at the business of being a Navy SEAL. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A level above all previous SEAL/Spec Ops books
Bob Gormly's biography on his 30 years in the SEAL community brought me closer to the real thing than any prior book. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 1998
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