Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

by Johnny Walker, Jim DeFelice


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Night after night, he guided the U.S. Navy SEALs through Iraq's most dangerous regions. A translator operating under the code name "Johnny Walker," he risked his life on more than a thousand missions and became a legend in the U.S. special-ops community. But in the eyes of Iraq's terrorists and insurgents, he and his family were marked for death because he worked with the Americans. Fearing for Johnny's safety, the SEALs heroically took it upon themselves to bring him and his family to the United States. With inside details on SEAL operations and a deeply personal understanding of the tragic price paid by ordinary Iraqis, Code Name: Johnny Walker is a gripping and unforgettable true story that reveals a side of the war that has never been told before.

Includes a new afterword on the rise of ISIS

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062267566
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 203,319
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

After the 2003 invasion of his home country, Iraqi-born "Johnny Walker" applied to become a translator for the U.S. Army. Turned down, out of work, and desperate to feed his family, Johnny was on the verge of despair until one night he interceded in a dispute between some Iraqi women and Ameri-can MPs. Impressed, the MPs arranged to hire him as their interpreter, or "terp." Johnny displayed such talent and incredible courage under fire that several months later an elite unit of Navy SEALs took him under its wing. He quickly became the most sought-after terp in the country, receiving numerous citations and commendations for his work. Credited by SEAL sniper Chris Kyle with saving countless American lives, Johnny spent six years working with SEALs and other special operations forces throughout Iraq, completing more than one thousand missions. After narrowly escaping two attempts on his life, Johnny was helped to the United States by the SEALs in 2009. He and his family currently live in California, where he helps train special operations units.

Jim DeFelice is the co-author, with former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, of the multi-million-copy bestseller American Sniper, the source for Clint Eastwood’s film starring Bradley CooperHis other books include Omar Bradley: General at War; Rangers at Dieppe; and West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. He lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi

Introduction xiii

Prologue: Freedom 1

1 Before the Dream 6

2 Love and War 18

3 Up from the Depths 49

4 Fighting for a Better Iraq 71

5 Trust and Treachery 100

6 My Brother, Mosul, and Baghdad 115

7 Baghdad 135

8 The Seeds of a Dream 150

9 Missions and Decisions 177

10 Fatal Friendlies 192

11 Friends, Neighbors, and Snipers 219

12 Soheila Escapes 244

13 Living the Dream 259

Acknowledgments 278

Collaborator's Note 280

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Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Mudkatmark More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading about a "local" help fight for his country by helping our military and intelligence groups. He earned the praise he received from our SEALS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very informative of a different view from the war. Also inspiring to live life to fullest and enjoy every moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and enjoy this. It works on so many levels. I'm truly happy for this guy and his family. And also thankful to those who helped make it possible for them.
BigSix More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. I enjoyed the author's description of Iraq before the war, and his reasons for working with the U.S. Military.
usmcLS More than 1 year ago
I found the story to be spell binding. this tells of a man of Iraq who in spite of his society, religion, education was an honorable man. he was not one that was a hypocrite but recognized that what was going on in his part of the world was not Americas doings but of those who were/are nothing but barbarians. there was no "cope out "on his part. he is truly a man who wanted his country and people to have what America has. he did his job with dignity, courage, and ability. welcome to America, johnny. wish we had more like you.
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could not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story! Guts and Glory! Also I recommend Hector's Juice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to give this book the benefit of the doubt that it might get better. I couldn't do it. Don't waste your money.