Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

by Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter


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Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, EYES ON TARGET is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn't, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book contains incredible accounts of major SEAL operations-from the violent birth of SEAL Team Six and the aborted Operation Eagle Claw meant to save the hostages in Iran, to key missions in Iraq and Afganistan where the SEALs suffered their worst losses in their fifty year history-and every chapter illustrates why this elite military special operations unit remains the most feared anti-terrorist force in the world.

We hear reports on the record from retired SEAL officers including Lt. Cmdr. Richard Marcinko, the founder of SEAL Team Six, and a former Commander at SEAL team Six, Ryan Zinke, and we come away understanding the deep commitment of these military men who put themselves in danger to protect our country and save American lives. In the face of insurmountable odds and the imminent threat of death, they give all to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

No matter the situation, on duty or at ease, SEALs never, ever give up. One powerful chapter in the book tells the story of how one Medal of Honor winner saved another, the only time this has been done in US military history.

EYES ON TARGET includes these special features:

  • A detailed timeline of events during the Benghazi attack
  • Sample rescue scenarios from a military expert who believes that help could have reached the Benghazi compound in time
  • The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi
Through their many interviews and unique access, Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter pull back the veil that has so often concealed the heroism of these patriots. They live by a stringent and demanding code of their own creation, keeping them ready to ignore politics, bureaucracy and-if necessary-direct orders. They share a unique combination of character, intelligence, courage, love of country and what can only be called true grit.

They are the Navy SEALs, and they keep their Eyes on Target.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455575695
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Scott McEwen is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, about a U.S. Navy SEAL with the greatest number of recorded kills. His book will be a major motion picture in 2013. Scott lives in San Diego, California.

Richard Miniter is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and, in 2012, Leading From Behind. He writes the National Security column for Forbes.com, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The New Republic. Richard lives in Washington D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Froggy Origins of the Navy SEALs 1

Chapter 2 The Violent Birth of SEAL Team Six 20

Chapter 3 From Pirates to Professionals 43

Chapter 4 Drago's War 55

Chapter 5 Afghanistan: Operation Red Wings 70

Chapter 6 Fallujah: The Perfect Op That Led to Prosecutions 86

Chapter 7 Benghazi, Libya: SEALs Alone 106

Chapter 8 Benghazi 911: When SEALs Answer the Call 124

Chapter 9 The Rescue That Wasn't 142

Chapter 10 Benghazi Timeline 175

Chapter 11 The Teams: Why the Unique Culture of the SEALs Matters 191

Appendix: Interim Progress Report 207

Notes 255

Glossary 267

Bibliography 271

Index 275

Acknowledgments 285

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Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional book! This is a great way to learn about the history of the Navy SEALs with some great details on Benghazi, Fallujah, and many more combat stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!  Really enjoyed it...  Amazing insight into the lives of our brave Navy SEALs and how they get things done -- no excuses. Loved the Drago's War chapter. The timeline on Benghazi was also very informative -- our government is still not being completely truthful with us. We should never forget the heroes that have sacrificed so much for our country.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation's call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America's finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail." (Portions of the United States Navy SEAL - The SEAL Creed. If you are a member, it doesn't matter where or when you served. You can show up uninvited at funerals of the youngest or oldest veterans and be hailed as a brother by total strangers. You can phone another SEAL whom you've never met and be taken for a drink. You might show up to mow the lawn of a widow whose husband died before you served. The bonds are strong partly because the group is so small. There have been fewer than three thousand U.S. Navy SEALs in the history of the world and about half of them are still alive. They all know, or know of, each other. The SEALs call themselves a "brotherhood," and they actually are one. What defines a SEAL is his unwillingness to never, ever give up. It requires extraordinary will in all three aspects of human existence: body, mind and spirit. Very, very few men are dominant in all three." (excerpt from Eyes on Target) The SEAL Code Loyalty to Country, Team, and Teammate Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit Take Responsibility for your Actions and the Actions of Your Teammates Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation's Enemies Earn Your Trident every day. I have always admired the hard work and dedication of our armed forces but none so much as the Navy SEALs especially after reading Eyes on Target: Inside Stories From the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter. It truly takes the readers back into the origins of the SEALs, through training, graduation and missions where they were not always supported by our government through the politics that plague getting the job done. Both of these authors share some of the infamous stories that we, as readers, may have heard about, but include details most of us have not heard. From Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan where the lives of Lt Michael Murphy, Senior Crew Chief Dan Healy, communications officer Dan Dietz, and sniper Matthew Axelson were lost to Fallujah which claimed the lives of U.S. Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston and three American Blackwater contractors whose bodies were left hanging from a city bridge over the Euphrates river; and finally the Benghazi attacks that have taken the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Gregory Hicks and Tyrone Woods both former U.S. Navy SEALs while our government sat back for hours and did nothing while watching live video feeds sent by drones of what was happening. What is appalling reading this is why our government and even our current President did nothing to expedite the rescue of these men even though for weeks Ambassador Stevens asked for more security at the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Due to budget cutbacks they never provided him the assets he asked for even when violence was escalating and numerous attacks to the Embassy showed that insurgents were testing the response of what could be accomplished in small steps. How people sat back knowing there were five possible scenarios that could have saved the lives of Hicks and Woods but none of them were considered. Included in this book are detailed timelines of even during the Benghazi attack, sample rescue scenarios from a military expert who believes that help could have reached Benghazi compound in time, as well as the U.S. House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks on Benghazi. I received Eyes on Target by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter compliments of Center Street Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review and the opinions are strictly my own unless otherwise noted. It does provide the reader with enough details on what was happening during those attacks and what our own government response was and how they continue to intervene in playing politics when it comes to getting in the way of the SEALs getting the job done. It is saddening to see how in so many other situations this would never have happened, but why it unfolded the way it did on 9/11 needs to be addressed and resolved. There is too many questions that still remain to be answered by our own president and those that were in a position to provide help but didn't. I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite Eyes on Target by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter offers an unblinking look at the history, life, work, successes, and failures of the Navy SEALs from the time the program was founded until the present. As with most special-interest publications, a certain foreknowledge is helpful  for a complete understanding of the text - the world of the SEALs is so acronym-laden that it would be wise for the uninitiated to keep a notepad handy to record the meanings of three- and four-letter monikers assigned to apparatus, organizations, and initiatives throughout the narrative. Tracking the action requires a herculean short-term memory for those who do not know the SEAL code. One of the most extraordinary and timely features in Eyes on Target is a moment-to-moment recounting of the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack and two brave SEALs gave their lives to save 40 Americans against impossible odds. The aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack has made recent headlines as Federal investigations have been called for, the premise being that viable and realistic options were available for rescue missions to save the lives of the ambassador and the SEALs, along with the others. The last chapters of Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter’s Eyes on Target are a compendium of sample rescue scenarios and an indictment of the administration which failed to implement any of them. The evidence is compelling; the anger, palpable. The code of the SEALs involves a strict adherence to duty and an absolute commitment to leaving no man behind, whether the assailant is a terrorist or a political cover-up. SEALS are a breed apart, and this is a book like no other. The narrative is jaw-dropping and utterly riveting. Voice actor Holter Graham never misses an opportunity to reinforce the severity and significance of the events and figures reported in the text; his sonorous baritone has exactly the amount of gravitas required to lend an air of authority and legitimacy to the stories reported in Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter’s arresting text. Eyes on Target will open your eyes, expand your mind and awaken an appropriate sense of outrage for even the most apolitical, recalcitrant reader. Much like the SEALs it honors, Eyes on Target will not settle for anything less than absolute fulfillment of its mission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read Lone Survivor or No Easy Day you are surely going to be disappointed with this book. It's almost as the author's just took stories out of other SEAL books and put them in this one. And it's filled with so many errors and inaccuracies that I lost complete interest. By far the worse book about SEALs or Special Operations that i have ever read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book, did a good job covering the sept 11 2012 embassy attacks
efm More than 1 year ago
Covers a number of unknown accounts of missions, especially Bengazhi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worth the $!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Up until now all you ever knew about the deployment of Seals was generically cleansed, now you are put into specific locales. These are both ongoing and previous events, naming names and actionable missions. The representation by the author is specific and factual, no prejudices presented. The reader draws his own conclusions. Highly recommended !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written with some great stories from Richard Marcinko and others. It truly gives you a sense of the sacrifices these warriors make on a daily basis. The book deals with the Benghazi catastrophe and how that was screwed up in Washington. There are some points regarding that incident that I never heard of before reading this book. I did not care for the three probable scenarios part of the book. All in all it was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was it good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To every that saying that the book suck you do not know history leave the seals alone
MommaP11 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Gave the history of the Navy Seals and told about some of their missions. Went into great detail about Benghazi. So thankful to have these guys on our side. Sure hope politics don't stop them from protecting us.
woodySP More than 1 year ago
If half of what he writes is true, I don't understand how the administration gets away with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work is a terrific read. Most importantly, it explores, in detail, five possible rescue missions for the Benghazi travesty. I highly recommend the McEwen-Miniter book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of inaccuracies...nothing more than a re-hashing of Bengahzi....I have read many books on Special Forces and this is by far the worst