Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors
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Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

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The Inside Story of America's Ultimate Warriors When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best an...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Alexi Lawless
I'm going to come clean here and say the closest I've come to combat is beating someone down for a 75% off Derek Lam handbag (Just kidding... Not really). But if you've read any of my work, you know I write a lot about Navy SEALs, Special Forces, guns, knives, and hand-to-hand combat and black ops missions. Which means I research. (God help me if the NSA ever pulls my internet history. I'll look like a potential terrorist with a shoe addiction).

Inside Seal Team Six was one of the first books I r...more
Sashank Mohan
NOTE: If this is the first book that you are reading about the Navy SEALs or SEAL Team Six for that matter....avoid reading at all cost. This book's meant to be read only after you've read previous books on SEALs or SEAL Team Six. Reason? Heavily Redacted...I mean so heavy you can't imagine. Almost 80% of the author's info regarding SEAL Team Six has been blacked some cases two to three consecutive pages have been blacked out.

MY REVIEW : Before I read this...I've read Rogue Warrior by Ri...more
Sarah Eiseman
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This book was the personal memoir of Don Mann, retired US Navy SEAL, written with Ralph Pezzullo. Mann was in the Navy, and specifically the SEALs, for over 20 years. His experience, stories, and underlying message were very interesting to read about.

Sometimes when I read military memoirs, I wonder what it would be like to actually meet the person. In this particular instance, I think meeting Mann would be fun, but he definitely sounds like a very intense...more
Don Mann’s “Inside Seal Team Six” was a great book full of action, excitement, some horror, and a little romance. The things I liked most about this book was that it was a book about America’s heroes and how brave they are when it comes to risking their lives to save our freedom. These seals train hard to take out the biggest evils of our time and at the same time have to deal with the problems in their families. Navy Seals are the real heroes of our time and I am glad that Don Mann wrote a book...more
Jun 16, 2012 Joseph rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: military
There is not much in this book that can be called an "inside" look into SEAL team six. What is said about team six is largely known and can be found in other books. There is also a fair amount of info that is redacted. This seems unnecessary and a bit frustrating to me because I was able to figure out some sections and see no reason for them to be blacked out at all. For instance, the SEAL team six operator Neil Roberts who died on the mountain top of Takur Ghar during Operation Anaconda has his...more
Randy Daugherty
Don presents a wonderful and inspiring story , minus the blacked out portions due to sensitivity.
Don is very frank about how he was headed down the wrong path with gangs and drugs.The U.S. Navy and military life turn his life around and saved him from ending up as many of his childhood friends had.
Don not only trained and fought to become a seal and not just a seal he expected himself to be the best he could be opting for extra training and schools though they were not required.
He stayed the cou...more
Vicki G
I wonder if anybody knows how difficult it is to read a book when pages of it are blacked out.

I mean he must have included marrying his first wife, Kim, in one of those blacked out paragraphs b/c, all of a sudden, he had a wife Kim that appeared out of nowhere. No introduction of her, and I'm assuming he added a blurb about it but they blacked out that information too. What the heck they NEEDED to black that out for, I'll never know.


This is what I've been given regarding the captu...more
It was alright. Not as gripping as Wasdin's SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, though.

Before I dive in, I'd like to say; make no mistake ... I enjoyed this book. It was a bit disjointed and Don Mann is obviously not a professional author. But I found many aspects of it enjoyable and worthy of praise. Particularly his honest and detailed accounts of some of the action he's seen.

I was a bit taken aback by how much time he spent talking about his athletic activities outside the mi...more
Gerald Kinro
This is an insider’s story of what it means to be a member of one of our elite fighting units, the U.S. Navy Seals. In particular, Seal Team Six gained special notoriety after the taking of Osama Bin Laden. The author spent an entire career with the SEALS beginning in the 1970s and spanning over two decades. It is a brotherhood this select fraternity offers, and only those who have endured the most grueling of initiations can understand. Mann begins with his high school days as a “badass” and hi...more
This book came across one of my outdoors/racing RSS feeds. After reading some reviews, I saw that it was more about the author himself & a lot of his training/feats, as opposed to the takedown of Bin Laden. That interested me quite a bit more than Bin Laden & I was not disappointed to find that true. If you're looking for a book that's strictly about SEALS, their missions or the takedown of Bin Laden, this book is not it & you'll be disappointed. If you want to read about ridiculousl...more
I liked this book because of the inside scoop of the seals. The only thing I disliked about this book was how so much was blacked out and left me hanging. Don Mann was addicted to adrenaline which got him into allot of trouble. I was surprised that the Government blacked out so many things and doesn't tell us as much as we should know. I still have some questions about the book and how he survived with the little patience he has? This book didn't remind me of any movies that I've seen. I don't t...more
Inside SEAL Team Six – My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors recounts the unbelievable life story of Don Mann, primarily during those years while he served with SEAL Team Six. Navy SEALs are said to be the finest military force in the world for performing the missions with which they are tasked. That being the case has been clearly demonstrated numerous times. Given that SEALs as a group are the finest military force in the world, the members of SEAL Team Six are without question th...more
Mark Maguire
I found this book to be a useful and worthwhile read which was only compromised by the extensive level of redacted text which had been crudely replaced by black lines where the text had once been.

The sheer volume of the redacted text undermined what was otherwise an interesting account of how one man undertook the metamorphosis from an adolescent tearaway, to Patriot,ultimately serving his country as a SEAL.

The narrative is based upon the SEAL Teams prior to their ascendancy into international...more
Joseph Ingram

Inside Seal Team Six
My Life and Mission with America’s Elite Warriors

It was on May 2, 2011, that President Obama announced to the world “Tonight, I can report to the American people that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” His quote was something the United States had waited to hear for almost ten years. The Navy SEAL’S are an elite group and their team six is the team that killed bin Laden.
I liked the fact that Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda a...more
I read this book over the summer and I have to say that I am very impressed. It was a very intersing book that always made me want to keep reading! I liked how Don completely changed is life around and decided to fulfill his lifelong dream, to become a SEAL. The only thing i did not like about the book was how alot of stuff was blacked out. It always left me suspicous and wondering what happened. Don was very intersting. He did drugs and rode motorcycles and was apart of a gang. Until one day he...more
This was a fascinating read despite the blacked out security information. The author goes throughout his experiences from childhood to training to the run around the military sometimes gives you so he can truly become a Seal. The was my first book I read of Don Mann and it makes me want to read more from him. The experiences he tells of his experiences in ST1, ST2, and ST6 are so packed with information you will devour this book. I am grateful to all the men and women who gave their lives for th...more
Not as good a book as No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden in my view, both from the story line and the writing itself.

Both describe the training that goes into becoming a SEAL, but Mann keeps going on and on about how much he overdid even that.
I'm not yet done with the first few chapters of this book, but have NO idea how this person is going to manage to get back on the straight and narrow and become a SEAL trainer. Another book I read about the SEALS mentioned the fact that Don Mann is "atypical" given his arrest history and poor risk taking. There is no way the person in chapters ~2/4 would be allowed to enlist in the year he did so. I also cannot believe this person is even allowed near multimillion dollar equipment, especially in...more
Mark Hepler
While not couched as a motivational book—there’s no preaching or exhorting—it nevertheless inspires. One evening it prodded me to get off my tail and ride my mountain bicycle.

You’ll want to quit whining about minor maladies like tennis elbow, remembering that there are SEALs bogged down in some hellhole fighting our battles.

Throughout, colorful stories explore the extreme-sports/fitness/special-forces symbiosis, and illuminate the hazards encountered during both military training and sports comp...more
This was more a biography than a "tell all" concerning a man who eventually was selected for ST 6. He obviously accomplished a lot during his time in service. It is refreshing to see Operators who still proclaim their Christianity. The redactions are a little distracting but someone who is a serious student/reader of Spec-Ops Units can fill in the blanks easily. However, if one is looking for "insider details" of ST6 this is not it, and rightfully so. It is a good biography/memoir of one of our...more
Ben Hom
Wow. Don Mann's life in detail. Great read.
We listened to this book on CD during road trip(s). I would think of this book of more like an autobiography of Don Mann, not really an "inside Seal Team Six" summary type book. He definitely lead an interesting life. He had more insane experiences in his first 40 years in life and in his 20+ years in the Navy than most people will have in their entire lifetime.

Worth a read if you like these types of adventure books, but if you're squeamish of medical scenarios, you'll be wincing a lot during m...more
Without the Navy and seal training, Don Mann probably would have ended up in jail. He explains how elite warriors actually become more calm under highly stressful situations which is the opposite of most. My brother's friend is a Seal so I thought that I would learn a little more about the seals. The blacked out writing was a bit annoying at times, but did have the impact that it should that many of these operations are highly classified and can't be disclosed to the public. It was not quite the...more
Don Mann grew up as a hell raiser, found structure and a place to channel his energy in the Navy and wound up a SEAL and a corpsman. His stories about his times deployed, the strain on his personal life, his teammates and his work were quite good. He also got into doing adventure racing and he was one of the co founders of Beast of the East which was news to me. Pretty fast read, the only thing I didn't care for are the inline redactions. They get distracting when you miss whole paragraphs or pa...more
Nia Vestal
Interesting read, recommended by a student of mine. Easy syntax and writing style to follow. Some of the incidents that are described are unbelievable and it is admirable the way he pushes himself to train. However, I felt like some of the viewpoints were presented as one sided in regards to several operations in Latin America; I can only imagine that not all sides of the story are shared with soldiers when they enter battle. All in all, an interesting read- for those who do not have a stomach s...more
JB Lomax
Because of the title I had expectations and they were not met. The title should be "Inside Don Mann: A Man's Memories and Regrets." I think Don Mann has lived a fulfilling life that makes most others journey nonexistent by comparison. I don't care. I didn't want to read about Don Mann. I wanted to read about ST6 and Don Mann's insider knowledge. I know nothing new about this secret group of warriors and regret that I can only give it two stars even though it was an interesting book about Don Man...more
I had to give up on this one, as the library CDs were too damaged to follow all of it.

The occasional beeeeeeeps, to signify that some chunk of text had been snipped by A Government Agency, was more annoying than precious. If you have any kind of ghostwriter, you write around the omissions.

Outside of that, it wasn't bad-- somewhat standard for the line of SEAL/SOF memoirs that I pick up occasionally, and knock back quickly.
Markus Sawczyn
I kinda enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed the beginning when he talks about his childhood and how he got into Seal Team Six. I never new it took that much training and confidence to get into seal team six. This book follows Donn Man and how he got into Seal Team Six. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about the military. And anyone who wants to read a interesting biography.
Steve Davis
Don't bother. Old info by a guy who was tough - probably still is - but likes to tell himself how tough he was. Lots of blacked out lines and paragraphs to let the reader know how many "secret" operations the author knew about. Might be of interest to a high school student who is having trouble with his grades and is considering how much fun he might have in a seal team.
Brian Dickinson
Don's experiences are shared in this glimpse into DEVGRU. I respect Don as an honored service member, athlete and friend.
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