Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs (Hardcover)
What is it really like to be a U.S. Navy SEAL? What really goes on inside this legendary team when the mission is more secret than top-secret, the danger is more than terrifying, the assignment seems almost impossible, and a cherished way of life hangs in the balance? In Eyes on Target, Scott McEwan and Richard Miniter pull back the veil that has so often concealed the heroism of this legendary society of men in a thrilling peek into what seems like it must be fiction - but it's not. These are true stories of some of the most exciting and dangerous military undertakings in American history and the men who lived them: the elite, secretive and most revered American special operations force (technically the Sea, Air, Land Teams) ever assembled. In recounting what goes on behind the scenes, and revealing for the first time the minute-by-minute and bullet-by-bullet details of their amazing missions, these heroes also share insight about the incredibly strong bond they share. It's a small club and its members not only stand by each other, they take offense at anyone pretending to belong. And you don't want a Navy SEAL to think you're infringing upon his sacred territory. Bad idea, as the book makes clear from the first page. The story of the SEALs begins in World War II and continues through Vietnam, the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the creation and evolution of SEAL Team Six, the killing of Osama bin Laden and the shocking truth about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. A SEAL sniper almost single-handedly held off 100 terrorists in Benghazi for over seven hours while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded. Navy SEALs are hard men who work their way through one of the hardest selection and training processes on earth to lead a hard life. Their private lives often suffer because the team always comes first. No matter the situation, on duty or at ease, they never, ever give up. In the face of insurmountable odds and the imminent threat of death, they give 110% to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Theirs is a living history, rarely told in full, unfolding even as the rest of us go about our daily lives not knowing they're risking theirs. They live by a stringent and demanding code of their own creation, keeping them ready to ignore politics, bureaucracy and - if necessary - direct orders. They share a unique combination of character, intelligence, courage, love of country and what can only be called true grit. They are the Navy SEALs, and they keep their Eyes on Target.
About the Author
Scott McEwen is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, about a U.S. Navy SEAL with the greatest number of recorded kills. His book will be a major motion picture in 2013. Scott lives in San Diego, California.
Richard Miniter is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and, in 2012, Leading From Behind. He writes the National Security column for Forbes.com, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The New Republic. Richard lives in Washington D.C.