In this unforgettable memoir, the Navy SEALs’ most trusted translator—a man who is credited with saving countless American lives and became a legend in the special-ops community—tells his inspiring story for the first time.
As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"—an interpreter—with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name.
They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother. Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. He went on thousands of missions, saved dozens of SEAL and other American lives, and risked his own daily. Helped to the U.S. by the SEALs he protected, Johnny Walker's life is so remarkable that his tale reads like fiction. But every word of it is true.
For the first time ever, a "terp" tells what it was like in Iraq during the American invasion and the brutal insurgency that followed. With inside details on SEAL operations and a humane understanding of the tragic price paid by ordinary Iraqis, Code Name: Johnny Walker reveals a side of the war that has never been told before.
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About the Author
Jim DeFelice is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. DeFelice is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America’s last five-star general. He also writes a number of acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader xi
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
Collaborator's Note 280
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
It was very informative of a different view from the war. Also inspiring to live life to fullest and enjoy every moment.
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.
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.
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.
could not put down.
Fantastic story! Guts and Glory! Also I recommend Hector's Juice!
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.