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U.S. Navy Seals

Book Review

 

Title:

U.S. Navy Seals

Author:

Hans Halberstadt

Publisher:

Motorbooks International

ISBN:

0-879-38781-5

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

August, 2000

Rating:

U.S. Navy Seals is a non-fictional account of the organization of the modern day United States Navy Seals. It covers the men and the equipment of the modern day Seals and highlights the military  framework within which they operate.

ama-0879387815.jpg (4860 bytes)There are two things that set this book apart from many of the other books about the Seals. One is that the primary focus of the book is on the modern day Seals -- only passing reference is given to the long and distinguished history of the group. The book also does not dwell extensively on the rigorous training regimen that all Seal candidates must undergo, although a concise description of the overall training program schedule is given in the later chapters.

The other outstanding feature of this work is the wealth of action photographs it contains. There are over one hundred pictures inside and the bulk of them are in color. These photographs give a close and personal view of the men and units in action. They cover a wide range of scenes -- underwater, boat drills, landing, and arctic. Extensive photographic coverage is given to the equipment used by the teams including weapons, explosives, parachuting, and diving equipment.

Additional coverage is given to the teams relationship to other military units. Short discussions of their use in support of other United States Special Forces units, foreign governments, and the specialized roles reserved for these types of units are given throughout the book. Some indication of how these roles evolved is provided as well. This work also gives coverage to the Special Boat Squadrons, one of the most important supporting units for the Seals.

This book is a well-written and finely illustrated work about the modern day United States Navy Seals. It is a must read for anyone interested in the Seals or military. It is one of the best special forces books available for coverage of today's military.

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