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Top 5 Navy SEAL Warrior Books
Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission.
Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold.
Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.
“As a rule, we don’t endorse books or movies or anything regarding the command where I work—and Adam Brown worked—but as the author writes in Fearless, ‘you have to know the rules, so you know when to bend or break them.’
This is one of those times.
Read this book. Period. It succeeds where all the others have failed.”
—Anonymous SEAL Team SIX Operator
Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs–the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now.
With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.
SERVICE: A Navy SEAL at WAR
This is the story Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell after he returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America’s founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.
In the book “In Service” the reader follows Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he’s seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.
A thrilling war story, “In Service” is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.
The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
Blending the tactics he learned from America’s elite force with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Mark Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be. Learn to think like a SEAL and take charge of your destiny at work, at home, and at life.
Want to be tough? Cool under fire? Able to sense danger before it’s too late? In The Way of the SEAL: Updated and Expanded Edition, retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations, and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience, and uncanny intuition. Along the way, you’ll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen.
In this updated and expanded edition, timely new chapters apply the principles to leading in an ever-accelerating world and leading in teams. Plus, new key takeaways distill the principles in the book into easier-to-use chunks.
Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL
“Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered,” writes Chuck Pfarrer. “No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare.”
Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments: On a clandestine reconnaissance mission on the Mosquito Coast, his recon team plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a Nicaraguan patrol boat. Cut off on the streets of Beirut, the author’s SEAL detachment must battle snipers on the Green Line. In the mid-Atlantic, Pfarrer’s unit attempts to retrieve – or destroy – the booster section of a Trident ballistic missile before it can be recovered by a Russian spy trawler. On a runway in Sicily, his assault element surrounds an Egyptian airliner carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers.
These are only a few of the riveting stories of combat patrol, reconnaissance missions, counter-terrorist operations, tragedies, and victories in Warrior Soul that illustrate the SEAL maxim “The person who will not be defeated cannot be defeated.”
Top 5 Navy SEAL Combat Books
The Red Circle by Brandon Webb
Brandon Webb’s experiences in the world’s most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.
Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story by Dick Couch
Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Top 5 Workout Training Books
Stew Smith Navy SEAL Fitness
Whether you want to be a Navy SEAL or just be as fit as one, here’s your chance. The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness, Third Edition (Includes DVD): Updated for Today’s Warrior Elite has returned with updated BUD/S workouts, an instructional DVD, and the latest entrance requirements from the Navy. With this program, you will be ready for any military training or physical challenge in the world. Train with the world’s fittest and strongest individuals: the US Navy SEALs!
Breaking BUD/S: How Regular Guys Can Become Navy SEALs
This is one of the top list of books to read before you go to BUDS.
It gives you a good glimpse of what it is like within the compound and training day to day on the beach and ocean.
I picked up a copy a few years back and have used the info in it to help guide potential BUDS trainees to get to Coronado and excel.
Navy SEAL Weight Training book
The Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout: The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness – Phase 2 Program
The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident
Navy SEALs BUD/S Preparation Guide: A Former SEAL Instructor’s Guide to Getting You Through BUD/S
Navy SEALs BUD/S Preparation Guide: A Former SEAL Instructor’s Guide to Getting You Through BUD/S (SOFREP)
How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals
How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals
The Navy Seal Workout: The Compete Total-Body Fitness Program Mark Delisle
The Navy Seal Workout : The Compete Total-Body Fitness Program
The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Fitness by Don Mann
The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Fitness
Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet gets good reviews from Tom Brady and Coach K (Duke basketball).
Read it to help you get a different look on the SEAL way of life.
TOP 5 MENTAL BOOKS
Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level
Feed the courage wolf with Unbeatable Mind!
Commander Mark Divine, a retired Navy SEAL and founder of SEALFIT and the popular Unbeatable Mind Academy, presents his insights on how to forge mental toughness.
Learn how to develop mental clarity and cultivate an authentic warrior’s spirit.
Check out the SGPT Review Unbeatable Mind
The Way of the SEAL
This book explores the mental side of SEAL training and how to get dangerous things done under pressure. The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed, former-Navy Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience and uncanny intuition.
Along the way you’ll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen.
Motivation for Current and Aspiring Endurance Challenge Athletes
If you have been doing GORUCK events for longer than 6 months, you know who Grant is. He passed what is one of the most difficult individual endurance events this country has to offer (GORUCK Selection).
He endured a 48+ hour beat-down from Special Forces Cadre and made it through. That right there lends credence to his writing. On top of that, he has interviewed (cajoled or even coerced I’m sure) a HUGE amount of endurance athletes, thus pooling a massive amount of stories in one writing. You don’t have to get but a quarter of the way through this book to realize how much info is crammed into it. This book Motivation for Current and Aspiring Endurance Challenge Athletes is a must have.
If you have any desire of doing Death Races, Tough Mudders, GORUCK Challenges/Heavies/Selection, shell out the 10 bucks and enjoy all of the stories, guides, tips, and warning set forth in this book. I’m certainly glad I did.
I highly recommend The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life to help you with your mental training.
Lessons from this book will help you with any aspect of your life.
Just apply one small lesson and you will see results to help you increase 1% in your life.
Spartan Up by Joe De Sena
Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. In the book Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life – De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out first in his own life and now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.
Top 5 Nutrition Books
The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Fitness and Nutrition
The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Fitness and Nutrition
Robb Wolf Paleo
The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
Top 5 Survival Books
We like the book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.
It explains in easy text and graphics all the skills you need to get out of any jam.
Give it a read.
SEAL Survival Guide by Cade Courtley
SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any DisasterCade Courtley is a top survivalist and gives you the 1-2-3 of here is what you need to stay alive and thrive in this easy to read book.
He tells you how to pack a “bug out bag”. Defend against a hijacker, treat life threatening injuries and make weapons from household items.
SAS Survival Guide
SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For any climate, for any situation
Top 5 Military Dog Books
Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the SEAL teams’ elite K9 warriors—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives.
From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and highest skilled working animals on the planet.
Mike Ritland’s job is to train them.
Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy Seal Way
Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy SEAL WayIn TEAM DOG, Mike taps into fifteen years’ worth of experience and shares, explaining in accessible and direct language, the science behind the importance of gaining a dog’s trust and then offering invaluable steps for how to achieve any level of obedience.
His unique approach uses entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and direct tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to: choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the “team leader,” master “command and control,” employ “situational awareness,” and to solidify their dog’s position as the family’s ultimate best friend.
I just received a copy of The Character of a Leader by Donald Alexander, A Handbook for the Young Leader.
This book is based on a set of lectures first prepared for an internal leadership course for officers preparing to deploy abroad.
As soon as I get finished reading and underlining passages I will hand this off to my son to study.
Donald Alexander is the pen name of a recently retired senior executive officer in the US Intelligence Community. During a career spanning more than four decades, he has served multiple tours overseas in operational positions, commanding major elements both in the field and at Headquarters. many of the ideas and principles set out in this work. The author stresses character and integrity, and suggests that leaders who conduct themselves with honor and to the highest standards of integrity are vital to America’s business success, national security, and social well-being.
Flow State Running by Jeff Grant
Flow State Runner offers a treasure trove of coaching guidance for runners of all levels. Jeff Grant writes in a personable, humorous and engaging style, sharing stories from ultra-running and life to reinforce his innovative and inspiring set of coaching concepts. Jeff draws upon his experience as an ultra-endurance athlete, yoga teacher, mental toughness coach, musician, and adventurer to deliver a refreshing look at running, with a host of new ideas and creative integration of a wide range of concepts that will make a lasting impact on your running. Flow State Runner aims to develop and activate a powerful coach’s voice in your mind, teaching you how to:
- ATTAIN high quality, fulfilling running experiences
- SET the conditions for experiencing flow (in-the-zone performance)
- INTEGRATE the best physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to suit your needs and style
- CONNECT to your peak potential with breath training, potent visualization practices, and a compelling set of mental training tools
- ENHANCE your approach to training and racing with creative structure, immediately useful templates & lists, and helpful race day routines
- PROACTIVELY ADDRESS overload, stress, and balance
While Flow State Runner is focused on running, many of Jeff’s lessons transfer seamlessly and supportively into other areas of life.
Hill Running: Survive and Thrive by Jeff Grant
Building on the successful coaching themes in his first book, Flow State Runner, Coach Jeff Grant shares in this powerful, integrated coaching guide the keys to not only surviving, but thriving in the hills. He draws on his experience as an ultra runner, yoga teacher, mental toughness coach, and adventurer to make a positive impact on your running and life. Jeff also shares insights from training and racing in the Swiss Alps.
Jeff provides clear and insightful lessons on the key themes of hill running technique and strength and conditioning that will teach you how to survive your hill running challenges. Where Jeff’s coaching approach really stands out is his use of innovative Mind Hacks and Mental Training lessons that will teach you how to thrive in the hills. You will quickly see why people in many countries seek out Jeff’s coaching when pursuing major running goals, and ultimately apply his coaching techniques to improve the navigation of challenges in others areas of their lives.
Questions from athletes in our gym.
Question: “Coach, what is a book you recommend for someone thinking about Navy SEALs?”. Read “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10“.
Question: Where can I get a “Rifleman Score book”? You can get the U. S. Marine Corps score book: a rifleman’s instructor at Amazon.com.
Question: Coach, have you read the book “Fearless” and what did you think about it? Yes; I have read the book Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown – it is very good and we highly recommend it.
Question: Hey Coach Brad; have you read the book “Danny; The Virtues within”…? Reading it to my kids. We have awesome Hero’s among us, that’s what they need to know. Have an AWESOME WEEK!!! Time to open a can of whoop ass at ZERO DARK THIRTY!!!
Answer: I will check out that book tomorrow, Thanks William.
Question: coach brad: Have you read the Heart and the Fist? I read that one last year, I was very impressed with the book!! Ray.
Answer: Yes; Ray; I have read that one and really liked it.
Question: Where can I find out more info on joining the Navy SEALs? Check out the Navy’s website here: