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on 28 May 1998
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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on 24 July 2013
No comment. Why do I need to fill this out when I have already rated the goods above? The rating should speak for itself. Would I buy some more? Yes. There, that should fill up the space.
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on 21 June 2016
A fantastic book, not just the real life action experiences, but the challenges faced regarding obtaining equipment, budgets etc for various expeditions.
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on 29 May 1999
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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on 25 May 2011
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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on 28 June 1998
Bob Gormly's biography on his 30 years in the SEAL community brought me closer to the real thing than any prior book. His experiences are in more detail and better written than most, giving you an insight into this man and the SEAL community. It is exciting, it flows, and covers so much more ground than other books. The political/bureaucratic environment in which he had to maneuver is made so real and human. Mistakes and tragedies acknowledged firsthand, with a feeling you are there and can understand. The Marcinko myth is given some real perspective that we all needed to hear. This a great book about a great guy and hero, as all who put themselves at risk are. Couldn't put it down. A must read for all young men considering Special Operations. I waited a long time to find a book like this.
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on 24 October 1998
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. Not only was Captain Gormly a damned fine operator and Teammate to his troops, but as an officer he looked to the future of the Teams, unlike some of his predecessors who seem to be very adept at bending the truth to their advantage. This book meant even more to me as I am personally acquainted with several persons mentioned in the book. Bob told the story like it was, with no embellishments. Sometimes the truth is very interesting. Good job, Bob, write another one. I am sure you have more in you.
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on 23 August 1998
Bob Gormley has given us (finally) a balanced and realistic look at the business of being a Navy SEAL. The craft of Special Operations is one that reguires intregety, hard work, courage, discipline and judgement. Especially judgement. It is NOT a trade where profanity, abuse and anti-social behavior are required or even tolerated. Nicely done Bob! But it'll never get you a spot on Larry King Live.
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on 13 November 1998
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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on 6 November 1998
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 beauracracy needs to be reformed. The problem I had with this book is it got boring at times. If you interested in the subject I would check this out, but along with others.
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