We’ve heard a lot about Navy SEALS of late—and for very good reason. Last month saw the publication of No Easy Day by “Mark Owen” (whose real name is Mark Bissonnette), a tell-all about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. The book came under fire from the Pentagon—and shot to the top of the bestseller list. Whether or not No Easy Day is for you, here are five more fascinating first-hand books about special ops.
•Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat by Dan Hampton, coming out tomorrow. This heart-thumping story is by America’s most decorated F-16 fighter pilot, covering everything from securing air space on 9/11 to destroying Saddam Hussein’s escape helicopters in Baghdad to the rescue of a surrounded Marine.
• Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer. The old saying is “Tell it to the Marines,” but in this case a Marine tells it brilliantly to us. Meyer won a medal of Honor for his extraordinary valor and heroism in the battle of Ganjigal.
• We Got Him!: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein by Steve Russell, coming out in paperback this month. Retired U.S. Army St. Col. Russell gives us the vivid blow-by-blow.
•Service: A Navy SEAL at War by Marcus Luttrell. As part of SEAL Team 5, Luttrell spent six months in the Al Qaeda stronghold of Ramadi, Iraq. He had previously served in Afghanistan. Here, he not only relates his experiences but also reflects on why a rare few accept such risky missions to serve their country. He also spotlights and gives props to SEAL wives.
• SEAL TEAM Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin. This riveting account of SEAL life was featured in Reader’s Digest. You can read our excerpt here.