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The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy Seals and the Winning of Al-Anbar

The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy Seals and the Winning of Al-Anbar [Kindle Edition]

Dick Couch

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In this ground-breaking book, best-selling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Dick Couch reports on the actions of the SEAL Task Unit during the Battle of Ramadi in Iraq s al-Anbar Province between 2005 and 2007. When he began his research, the author thought he would be writing about the SEALs courage in the face of a losing cause. Instead, he discovered a startling success story whose importance has gone unrecognized in the war against al-Qaeda. Couch argues that the lessons of Ramadi, with SEALs fighting alongside regular forces in an urban war zone, call for using this strategy more widely. One of the most significant military engagements in the global war against terrorism since 9/11 and the most sustained and vicious engagement ever fought by SEALs, the Battle of Ramadi demonstrates both their code of brotherhood and ability to adapt in an urban battle space, which Couch identifies as the keys to the SEALs success on the battlefield. The story of PO2 Michael Monsoor, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the battle, is a compelling example of their extraordinary brotherhood. First published in hardcover in 2008, the book is now available in paperback for the first time.

About the Author

Dick Couch, a 1967 graduate of the Naval Academy, served with the Navy Underwater Demolition and SEAL Teams. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. Later, he served as a Maritime Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. A resident of Ketchum, ID, he is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including Chosen Soldier and A Tactical Ethic, and a regular TV and radio news analyst.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1945 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591141478
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (10 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Text book ready 8 Feb 2014
By Jaeger - Published on
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Make no mistake! This is a must read at all the military academies and war college's. An excellent study of counter insurgency basics.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to write a boring book on an exciting subject... 4 Oct 2013
By bryce_b - Published on
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This is the worst Special Operations book I've ever read. If you want an exciting look at Navy SEAL operations in Al-Anbar province, definitely look elsewhere. I've read other books by this author (Chosen Soldier, Sua Sponte) and enjoyed them, but this is terrible.

He's taken what should be an extremely exciting subject (the Battle of Ramadi) and made it painfully boring. It contains almost no accounts of the actual fighting by men who were there, instead leaning heavily on interviews with officers engaged in the planning phase. You're subjected to a short, dry, and completely unnecessary history of the Navy SEALS before the author wanders his way through information about SEAL operations in Al-Anbar and the composition of SEAL units. Much of the information throughout the book is repetitive and is delivered as dryly as possible.

Often when it looks like the book may begin to be interesting, he launches off on another boring tangent. "Now would be a good time to examine..." "Now we'll take a look at the composition of..." "Now would be a good time to review..." Seriously, it's like the author's catch phrase and it detracts from the book having any sort of coherent narrative.

I've read every Special Forces, Navy SEAL, and Army Ranger book I can put my hands on and so far this is the only one that has completely failed to maintain my interest to any degree whatsoever. I was planning on getting "The Warrior Elite" and "The Finishing School" but may have to rethink that based on just how dismally the author performed for this book.

I have more fun filing my taxes than I did reading this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just read it 29 Nov 2013
By sniper1015 - Published on
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The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that I have read every Dick C book and some of the info was redundant but probably necessary for the first time reader of one of his books.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book DRAGS... 21 Jan 2014
By Randy Robison - Published on
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After 100+ pages of repeatedly making the same point... and a Vietnam history lesson .... I simply closed the book and deleted it .... I have read many of Couch's works... this was the only non-fiction of his I have read.... he is much better at the fiction!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLY WRITTEN! 22 Sep 2013
By Chas. V - Published on
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This is the worst book I have read(tried to read) in years! I have read about 15 books in the past year that are mostly VERY good reads, this one fails miserable to hold even the slightest attention. The "author" and i use this term loosely, goes over the SAME INFORMATION OVER AND OVER from chapter to chapter, as if the the average person cares much less needs to know the deployment packages and makeup thereof, much less the rest of the redundant information gone over time and again. Yes i do had military background(USMC recon, scout sniper etc.), yes I do have deployments under my belt, no i don't care to know how each SEAL team is made up or their packout list or roster numbers. If u want to read good books, some i suggest are, Lone survivor, Not a good day to die, Fearless, hogs in the shadows, trigger men, Hunters:US snipers in the war on terror, Into the fire,Outlaw platoon, Lions of Kandahar, No way out, The only thing worth dying for, to name a few. Don't waste your time and money on this piece, unless you just like to know senseless information and to read it over and over every couple of pages
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