The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy Seal Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest MarksmenPaperback
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- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 33mm | 386g
- Publication date: 16 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1250021219
- ISBN 13: 9781250021212
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: 16-page b/w photo insert
- Sales rank: 174,514
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 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.
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Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for "Valor," for his platoon's deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for Military.com's blog Kit Up, SOFREP's Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.John David Mann, who collaborated with Webb in writing "The Red Circle," is an award-winning author whose titles include the "New York Times" bestseller "Flash Foresight" and the international bestseller "The Go-Giver."
By Ben 28 Jan 2014
This was a really enjoyable book. Brandon Webb spends a significant amount of time covering all the areas I am interested in regarding the Navy SEALs - his childhood and what type of person he was when he joined the SEALs; detailed recollections of the types and intensity of the training he went through; coverage of his combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and then the circumstances that brought about his involvement in restructuring the SEAL sniper course and his subsequent post-SEAL work. He writes in a really engaging and down to earth way and really draws the reader into his story from the pain of the training to the torture of his pre-wedding hazing through to the drama of searching ghost tankers in Iraq or the pitch black caves of Afghanistan.
I've read a few books on the SEALs now (American Sniper; Lone Survivor and Seal Team Six) and this is the pick of the bunch so far; having read American Sniper and Lone Survivor first help's round out Webb's story though because the authors of those two books (Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell) both went through Webb's restructured sniper course and he refers to them a number of times. Knowing their story gives a deeper understanding of Webb's story.
The story of today's Navy SEALs is Brandon Webb's to tell, and "The Red Circle" does it masterfully. This definitive work at once proves and explodes the myths behind Navy Special Warfare and the men who meet its challenges. Strap in for a wild ride.--CDR Ward Carroll, USN (ret.), editor of Military.com