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SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

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The New York Times best selling book that takes you inside SEAL Team Six – the covert squad that killed Osama Bin Laden.
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 5th 2011)
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Jun 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I found this book OK at first but then I got bored by listening to Wasdin's hypocrisy. "I hate the damn liberal media", oh unless I am trying to make a buck selling my book, then they are OK. He talks about how he respects all the other soldiers and then goes on to say how much better his SEALs and Delta are. He talks about how in Somalia they did not hang out with the Rangers because they were above them. Then, later goes on, many times, saying how they fought bravely. Pretty conde
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Told in straightforward unadorned prose, this is one man's search for himself that takes him from an abusive childhood into war and home again. Through Wasdin's experience we travel with him from a rural upbringing and into the U.S. Navy, where Wasdin's experience as a battered child gives him something of an edge — an advantage that becomes clear when he decides to enter the SEALs. Eventually a sniper in the elite SEAL Team Six unit, Wasdin served in Mogadishu during the battle made famous in t ...more
Steven Kent
This is NOT NOT NOT a novel. It is the real-life memoirs of a real-life member of Seal Team Six. For those of you who, like me, are not familiar with the various Seal teams, SEAL Team Six is as elite among the SEALs as the SEALs are elite among sailors. These are the guys who do the hardest jobs assigned to the SEALs. For decades, they seemed to only exist as rumors and sightings, sort of a cross between James Bond, Bigfoot and G.I. Joe.

Howard Wasdin, the author of this book, was an adrenaline j
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wasdin succeeds at painting himself as a d-bag using his difficult childhood to win weapons and training to become a d-bag with a license to kill. In between numerous accounts of how various groups of human beings would cower in shock and awe, and the superficial philosophical awakenings, there is enough operational insight into the SEALs to leave you just feeling contempt for the author rather than having wasted your time entirely for not giving up at the first mention of Coors Light.
Hannah Kirchner
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
If you've read a lot of books on SEALs, you'll start to connect various operators and missions that crop up again and again, which is interesting to note. The books aren't incredibly indepth because they can't be. And because SEALs (probably by training) aren't the most introspective types, you don't hear a lot of internal analysis about their lives, feelings, or families. That kind of thought process would paralyze men used to life-in-the-moment action. If you've read lots of SEALs books, the l ...more
Matthew Poletti
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SEAL Team Six is the memoir of Howard Wasdin, a country boy from Georgia who becomes a sniper in the Navy SEALs. Wasdin’s memoir gives the reader a glimpse into his troubled boyhood, filled with abuse and poverty. The difficulties of his childhood help him later in life as he goes through the grueling, often painful training to become a Navy SEAL. Wasdin takes several detours in the road of life and makes several missteps; his honesty is refreshing as he discusses his childhood, his failed marr ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Utterly fascinating. Although the writing style was at times choppy (cutting in and out of stories), I thoroughly enjoyed the "realness" of the voice. Wasdin and Templin did very well in sounding like Wasdin! (If that makes any sense...)

Ever since SEAL Team Six made the news because of killing Osama Bin Laden, I've come across numerous articles about the team. I ended up reading an excerpt from this book and I just had to read the rest. I was not disappointed!!

Let me just say that I have the utm
Sherwood Smith
Jan 22, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: Rachel Manija Brown
Wrapped around another memoir of the Mogadishu action that also inspired Black Hawk Down and similar works, Howard Wasdin, with the aid of a ghostwriter, relates his life history. beginning with the extremely violent abuse by his step-father. He's right that in those days what happened in the home stayed in the home; he expresses a certain amount of insight into the consequences of abuse, without quite seeing the whole picture, which rings true for those of us of a certain age.

He works back and
Amy Hardison
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It gave me such an appreciation for what it means to be a Navy SEAL and especially to be on SEAL Team Six. Having read this in July, I was devastated when the helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on Aug 6, killing 35 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 6. I understood the incredible loss this was to America and to the SEAL team program. I felt great sadness for having lost so many who loved the United States enough to put their life in danger over and over. Even without the disaster ...more
G.M. Burrow
Wasdin's Christianity moves to the front as his story closes, and ends up being the best thing about this book. His self-told account isn't as gripping or detail-packed as Lone Survivor, but his childhood, his training, and his survival of several wars still roll out a great story. Plus, he was SEAL Team Six. Beat that.
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
The parts about SEAL training are interesting. Less so is everything after that. And even less so is his reliance on grade-school terms, like "booger eaters" and "pee-pee." It basically reinforces every stereotype about military guys, and also diminishes how intelligent the special ops guys are supposed to be.
Deanna Against Censorship
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, history
I read other reviews putting down Wasdin and the Seals. I disagree. I am a Liberal and a Democrate, but I did not have the problems many reviewers seem to have hadwith this bio. Maybe because I am of the Vietnam Era. I knew members of Seals who served there. I know what they went through on their return. I knew men who were military snipers. A hard job that does protect those who protect civilians. I spent my professional life in the criminal justice system. Not easy but not as hard as the caree ...more
If "Seal Team Six" was a movie, I envision it staring Dane Cook and Jesse Metcalfe, produced by Michael Bay and set to the soundtrack of Lincoln Park. It would cost millions to make, but be slammed by critics and make barely any money at the box office.

There are elements of the military I will never understand. I get that. But I really felt uncomfortable that an elite military member was bragging about such acts he says are just part of military life that I believe are a rare exception to the pe
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Definitely not as good as "Lone Survivor". Its not very well written, but interesting enough because of the details about the SEAL training, tactics, and high tech gear they get to use. Other than that, the guy comes off as extremely arrogant and almost robotic, even when attempting to humbly admit he's an egoist. And there were too many product placements- no one cares that you were wearing Oakley sunglasses when checking into your hotel. Overall a decent read about the Navy SEALs, but there ar ...more
Salvatore Cusumano
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I chose this book I had already gone through many reviews as most people do causing me to prejudge the book and almost not pick it. Unfortunately many of the reviews were not positive, and Likely because this is such a polarizing subject. This book is certainly not a literary masterpiece however I was so interested in learning about what Seal Team Six was about I decided to get it. Yes there are many subjects in the book that are upsetting and disturbing but you also have to realize the lif ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
One of the better SEAL books I've read. Wasdin seems like the real deal to me. He relates his experiences starting with training, and culminating in the battle of Mogadishu. He also tells the stories of other legendary SEAL's.
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
The narrative flows well for the most part, but some of it is just horribly written.

The major problem with the book and specifically with the Mogadishu account was the poor writing. For example, never in the account of the running battle does Wasdin refer to the two maps provided in the book, which were obviously included to illustrate and illuminate the battle. The first map, of a large area of Mogadishu is somewhat helpful, including some street names and places. Curiously, the map has no Nort
Jack P
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the most interesting book Ive ever read. Its probably the best book Ive ever read too. This book has so many details and so much action that your almost confused sometimes. Its never stale and theres always something going on in the story. The book has alot of emotions and it will make you kinda sad at some points. The story of this navy seal is incredible and he has gone through hardship his whole life yet never really shows it. This book will inspire you because you see him go thr ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SEAL Team Six made headlines recently when they killed the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan. Everyone wanted to know more about this elite team of the miltary's best men, and luckily former team member Howard E. Wasdin, along with Stephen Templin, had written SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper.

The book succeeds because it shares Wasdin's personal story, from his difficult childhood with a stepfather who beat him frequently to his success as a sniper, moving
Giovanni Gelati
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I don’t read too much in the way of non-fiction,if you follow my blog than you know that. This book for me just needed to be read before the Memorial Day holiday. I am not mincing words here today. If you are a supporter of Freedom , you want an inside glimpse, no matter how small it may be, into the world of the elite operators that allow us to have our barbeques, swim in ours pools, and enjoy our families this weekend while they are in the hot spots protecting us away from theirs, than this is
Joan Reeves
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
War Is Hell

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Blurbing The Book

SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. This book is the story of Howard Wasdin who survived what would have killed most men. His story takes you deep into the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers. From a childhood of deprivation and abuse to the grueling selection process of BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolitio
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite not being that far along in another few books, while standing in the overpriced book store in Palm Beach International earlier this morning I overheard a few men talking about how all the top ten books were garbage, and this one fit the bill. In order not to look like a creeper, I only caught a few bits and pieces of their conversation: lies, bad mouthing his family, fabrications, and a main character no one liked. Sweet. So without learning about these rumors and such, I picked up said ...more
Rickky Mcghee
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seal Team Six is about a boy named Howard Wasdin who was raised in a very bad home. Everyday when his step father got home he would beat him, it even got to the point that Howard couldn't sit down, but after the beating stopped, Howard says that he can now tolerated pain like that without feeling a thing. Which later on would help him survive Hell Week. Which is the worst week in every single seals lifetime? If you don't know what Hell Week is, it is when the navy seal's do the hardest and tough ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the book Seal Team Six by both Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin. I picked up this book because we had to choose a book to read for Intro to Writing, and this was a choice. I've always been interested in military related things, especially the Navy, and definitely about the glorious Navy Seal Team Six.

The book begins with Wasdin's personal childhood which was a very tough one compared to most. Eventually he decided to enlist in the Navy originally for Search and Rescue but after nearing
Angel Martinez
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was very insightful. It goes into the mind of an elite special operator, talking about his rough childhood, to the challenges he endured during training and what happened after his major battle in Somalia where he was involved in the mission. His opinions, regarding the politics of the government and of the military i respected and could see why he would think things like, officials making decisions on things that they don't understand and the competition between Delta Force and SEAL T ...more
Nathan Dunning
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Seal Team Six Memories of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper, by Howard E. Watson and Stephen Templin. The story of a mans struggles through life to become part of the most Elite team on the plant. This story takes you through his troubled childhood with an abusive step father and having to work every day in his life out in the field. He shares his struggles throughout navy seal school and in real combat. It is never easy for any one to deal with fighting in a real war. Seals are almost always out number ...more
Zachary Marciano
As an inexperienced memoir reader I really didn't know what to expect from this book in terms of literary devices and knowledge being deployed. However from the first couple of pages into the book I was hooked, I am a pretty big fan of military history and this book not only fits the genre, it gives extraneous details and insight from someone who has seen war first hand. One of the things I really like is that the story is told so well, that it doesn't even feel liked I was reading a memoir, it ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't Sure I was going to enjoy reading the Memoirs of a Sniper. But I picked this book up cause I was in a pinch and needed something to read and it was the only Autobiographical/ Memoirs at Walmart at the time. I flipped to a page and read one line. It looked good so I flipped to another and read one line, turning into two paragraphs. Tried it once more, and figured it was worth a shot. Im sure glad I did, best 15.99 I've spent in along time. This book was the biggest page turner I've read in ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Howard Wasdin takes you behind the scenes in this memoir, showing you not just the physical steps needed to join the U.S. Navy's elite tier one counter-terrorism unit, but also the mentality required to succeed. He talks frankly about his rough childhood and how it helped him survive Hell Week, a notorious event every Seal must endure. He also talks about family life and how his marriage and children were affected by his long absences fighting in wars and training during peacetime. What is most ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am appreciative of every soldier defending the United States of America. Bless all of you for the sacrifices you make, the battles you fight, and the professionalism you demonstrate to provide freedom for my family.

Having said that, I did not like this book. It related more to the author's arrogant attitude, and demeaning attitude toward others, that left me less interested in the book's contents. I understand that confidence and extraordinary skill is required to qualify as a Navy Seal. Howev
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Dr. Howard E. Wasdin graduated with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 143. He was a member of SEAL Team Six and one of the best snipers on the planet. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia. He is the co-author of Seal Team Six, with Stephen Templin.

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