Damn Few

Damn Few : Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

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With all the SEALs' recent successes, we have been getting a level of attention we are not used to. It's been flattering but something important has been missing from the discussion. People keep describing what we do, but no one has even scratched the surface of how and why. The unique psychology behind it.

Operating in the world's most hostile environments, the Navy SEALs are highly skilled warriors, finely tuned and ready for action. Now, for the first time, Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver offers a compelling and profound insight into the extreme bravery, borderline lunacy, and touching camaraderie of this elite brotherhood.

Packed with tales from the gruelling training process and real-life operations, Rorke Denver recounts his evolution from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination programmes and the "Hero or Zero" missions his graduating SEALs undertake.

From hunting Osama bin Laden to hostage rescues in Somalia and momentum-shifting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the SEALs hit hard and fast, moving in and out of conflict zones without leaving a trace.

Through the course of Denver's story, you'll see what it takes to become one of them and why they are the damn few.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 20mm | 220g
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552169862
  • 9780552169868
  • 156,663

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"If you've ever wished you could read the testament of a Jedi Knight, here it is. Damn Few takes us inside the mind of a born warrior. This is timeless stuff, worthy of being read in the era of Caesar, Alexander, Leonidas-or a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." * Steven Pressfield, author of 'Gates of Fire' and 'The War of Art' * "Interweaving tales of battle and reflections on what it means to be a professional killer, Denver crafts an awe-inspiring sketch of soldierly excellence." * Publishers Weekly *
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About Rorke Denver

In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver has tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. The leader of over 200 commando missions, he earned a Bronze Star with 'V' for valour. He spent the past four years as executive officer to the Navy Special Warfare Center's Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced SEAL training. He is married and has two daughters.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He has written two recent New York Times bestsellers.
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Review Text

"Interweaving tales of battle and reflections on what it means to be a professional killer, Denver crafts an awe-inspiring sketch of soldierly excellence."
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2,055 ratings
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4 37% (769)
3 15% (303)
2 3% (66)
1 1% (15)
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