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The Operator

Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a Seal Team Warrior

By Robert O'Neill

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Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 25 April 2017
New York Times Bestseller

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O'Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills--and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.

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"Impossible to put down . . . What O'Neill has written is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world's most famous military operations . . . In the larger sense, this book is about how to be alive--how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat." --Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers "O'Neill absorbingly relates the 2011 attack on bin Laden's Pakistan compound . . . [Other] fascinating stories include his role in the successful 2009 mission to free Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates, and those of too many fellow SEALs who were killed in battle. Fans of battlefield narratives, such as Michael Golembesky's Level Zero Heroes, will relish this gripping perspective on 21st-century warfare." --Library Journal "Enlightening about military special forces, especially the SEAL component . . . A fast-paced account quite likely to engender strong reactions among readers concerned with the U.S. military's roles in foreign conflicts." --Kirkus Reviews "A jaw-dropping, fast-paced account." --New York Post "Harrowing . . . In frank and vivid detail and blunt and plain language, Mr. O'Neill describes some of the 400 counterterrorism operations and close quarter combat he experienced in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere through his career as a SEAL . . . An interesting and insightful book about some of the most historic moments in modern American military history." --Washington Times "A riveting, unvarnished and wholly unforgettable portrait of America's most storied commandos at war." --Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction "Intensely moving and awe-inspiring, The Operator captures as few other books have the essence of being a frogman: utterly unimaginable fatigue followed by intense exhilaration followed by a weary emptiness--and then back for more. As this book shows, SEALs regularly travel to an emotional place that few men will ever visit. O'Neill wrote himself into American history with the three shots he fired into Osama bin Laden, but if you think that operation was intense wait till you read about the ones that preceded it. There is a saying, 'Great battles are only given to great warriors.' Rob was repeatedly given great battles, and he represented accordingly." --Marcus Luttrell, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service "Impossible to put down...What O'Neill has written is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world's most famous military operations....In the larger sense, this book is about how to be alive--how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat." --Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers

EAN: 9781501145032
ISBN: 1501145037
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Dimensions: 23.11 x 16 x 3.81 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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