The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

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Grades 6 - 8Grade 8n/a7.155681


Adapted from Webb's Adult Bestseller The Red Circle for a Young Adult Audience

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.

Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors-including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle-that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.

From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military.

Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on August 25, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-10: 1250069424
ISBN-13: 9781250069429
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  • gameboy333
    gameboy333Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm55 stars
    i am a navy cadet and i love the SEALs
    • ggri1544
      ggri1544Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 4:47 am55 stars
      I like this book
      • rilsaw
        rilsawTuesday, December 15, 2015 at 6:35 am55 starsFeatured
        The Making Of A Navy SEAL - My story of surviving the toughest challenge and training the best By Brandon Webb. Do you want to follow what others think is an impossible dream? That is what Brandon does in this amazing auto-biography. He faces unbelievable odds from a young age. There are several settings, because he lived on a boat for some time and was in the military. Brandon Webb is the protagonist, the path to being a Navy SEAL - the antagonist - is in his way. One major conflict is trying not to get washed out -fail- SEAL training. Another is trying to redesign the SEAL sniper training course. The turning point is when he finds out the imperfections of the sniper course when he was training in it, and then fixes them as soon as possible. A cool thing that happened was that Brandon trained elite snipers such as Chris Kyle (American Sniper) and Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor). I thought this book was one of the greatest that I have read in a long time because this book has so much detail and it tells you what life in the military is like.