Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the

Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the ""Butcher of Fallujah""--and the Shameful Ordeal They Later Endured

by Patrick Robinson

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Overview

In this compelling and no-holds-barred account of three Navy SEALs' long road to justice, bestselling author Patrick Robinson reveals for the first time the entire story—from the night the SEALs stormed the al-Qaeda stronghold to the cut-and-thrust drama in the courtroom, where the fate of these American heroes hung in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823527
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 594,880
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patrick Robinson is the co-author of the New York Times #1 nonfiction bestseller Lone Survivor. He is also the author of several interna­tional bestselling U.S. Navy–based novels, including Intercept, Diamondhead, To the Death, and The Delta Solution, as well as several nonfiction bestsellers, including his New York Times bestseller A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers, and the international bestseller One Hundred Days. He lives in the Cayman Islands and and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Author's Note iv

Prologue: Open Letters to Admiral Pybus vii

1 The Butcher on the Bridge 1

2 "We're Navy Seals-and We Never Screw It Up!" 31

3 Echo Platoon in Battle Mode 59

4 We Want This Maniac Alive 83

5 A Presumption of Guilt 111

6 Scapegoats of Empire 141

7 Sound and Fury in Congress 167

8 The Outrage of the American Public 196

9 US Government Denies Immunity 224

10 Denied in Favor of the Defense 255

11 Two Verdicts in the Iraqi Courtroom 287

12 The Green Light from High Command 318

Epilogue 354

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Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the "Butcher of Fallujah"-and the Shameful Ordeal They Later Endured 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and hard to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new article from the hugely respected American Spectator today (12/19/2013) speaks to what's important in this book and leaves out what isn't. http://spectator.org/articles/57185/rules-engagement-here-and-there. In his excellent book Honor and Betrayal, the subject of an earlier article of mine, author Patrick Robinson records the reactions of Navy SEALs to rules of engagement (ROE) that place American troops at unreasonable risk in the name of political correctness. Even during the Bush administration “U.S. armed forces were not permitted to open fire on known al-Qaeda killers until they themselves were fired upon.” Of course the enemy was very familiar with this restriction, leading SEALs to say, “You mean I’m not allowed to kill him until after he’s killed me?”
Matthew McCabe More than 1 year ago
I am deeply saddened by the few unwarranted negative reviews that have been posted about our book, “Honor and Betrayal”. This book, primarily the latter half, was written based on the events that took place between September 1, 2009 and May 5 2010, the final day of my courts-martial. A few very negative and FALSE reviews have stated that I was a direct participant in a charity scam, and or have stolen money from Navy SEAL supporters. These accusations are FALSE and to be clear, I have never been involved in any charity scam or have stolen any money from SEAL supporters, their families, or charities nor do I condone any such behavior. Any reports or news articles that say otherwise are completely FALSE. In addition, I have never had a business relationship in any capacity with Graham Ware. For the past few years I have regularly volunteered for events hosted by the SEAL Legacy Foundation which was founded in 2011 after Extortion 17. I have publicly supported many SEAL candidates in the political arena and continue to be an advocate for all SEALs and their families. Unfortunately, because of the erroneous attacks on the book there has been a lot of negativity spread amongst the community. I joined the Navy in 2003 after high school and was assigned to the USS Belleau Wood LHA-3. After a deployment to the Persian Gulf in 2004 and upon the decommission of the USS Belleau Wood in 2005 I went on to become a US Navy SEAL serving in Germany in 2007, Iraq in 2009, and Afghanistan March 2011-February 2012, POST Courts-Martial, where I was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor. I then separated Honorably from the Navy in late 2012 and enrolled at the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business and earned a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Finance. I HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED FOR PARTICIPATING IN A CHARITY SCAM OR HAVE STOLEN MONEY. THESE ACCUSATIONS ARE FALSE AND EXTREMELY DISHEARTENING. Matthew McCabe, Former Navy SEAL Bronze Star ”V”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am deeply saddened by the few unwarranted negative reviews that have been posted about our book, “Honor and Betrayal”. This book, primarily the ladder half, was written based on the events that took place between September 1, 2009 and May 5 2010, the final day of my courts-martial. A few very negative and FALSE reviews have stated that I was a direct participant in a charity scam, and or have stolen money from Navy SEAL supporters. These accusations are FALSE and to be clear, I have never been involved in any charity scam or have stolen any money from SEAL supporters, their families, or charities nor do I condone any such behavior. Any reports or news articles that say otherwise are completely FALSE. In addition, I have never had a business relationship in any capacity with Graham Ware. For the past few years I have regularly volunteered for events hosted by the SEAL Legacy Foundation which was founded in 2011 after Extortion 17. I have publicly supported many SEAL candidates in the political arena and continue to be an advocate for all SEALs and their families. Unfortunately, because of the erroneous attacks on the book there has been a lot of negativity spread amongst the community. I joined the Navy in 2003 after high school and was assigned to the USS Belleau Wood LHA-3. After a deployment to the Persian Gulf in 2004 and upon the decommission of the USS Belleau Wood in 2005 I went on to become a US Navy SEAL serving in Germany in 2007, Iraq in 2009, and Afghanistan March 2011-February 2012, POST Courts-Martial, where I was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor. I then separated Honorably from the Navy in late 2012 and enrolled at the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business and earned a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Finance. I HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED FOR PARITICIPATING IN A CHARITY SCAM OR HAVE STOLEN MONEY. THESE ACCUSATIONS ARE FALSE AND EXTREMELY DISHEARTENING. Matthew McCabe, Former Navy SEAL Bronze Star ”V”
sealobsessed More than 1 year ago
this book was excellent and aggravating at the same time! I wanted to jump into the book and smack the guy (the driving force behind this nightmare) but instead our president awards him.....what these men had to endure was just disgusting and I applaud them for not talking bad about the military. Thank God for them having each other and for all their seal brothers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happened to these three men is so sad. It is hard to believe that the story is true. However, the book is fantastic. Some parts go into a bit too much detail, but overall the book is well written and very worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a telling story of Navy SEAL's who so often placed themselves at great risk to serve their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gives good insight why the Navy's high command was so insistent on going after its best. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping story about Navy Seals who captured an al-Qaeda terrorist and nearly found themselves in prison due to a general and his staff so consumed by political correctness and fear of another Abu Ghraib that they court-martialed the Seals after the terrorist claimed he was beaten up. The terrorist was the ringleader who mutilated and hung four Americans in Fallujah in 2004. I'll never forget the horrible photo of the burned bodies on that bridge over the Euphrates. The author gives a brilliant rendering of each court martial (there were three of them) and what each Seal was going through during their ordeal. I was enraged by the complete lack of any believable evidence, something that became more and more obvious to everybody as the abuse charges and trials progressed for more than half a year and what had to be millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Members of Congress were calling for a halt to this charade, but the military prosecutors obviously had their orders to win at any cost. But after all this time, expense, ass-covering, inappropriate, and vicious prosecution from the top command and administration -- the JAG prosecutors finally rested their cases for the three separate court martials in Baghdad and in Norfolk. The juries and trial judge came back with "not guilty" verdicts for each Seal in a matter of minutes. I knew from Day One of this story what the verdicts had to be, but what a shame and travesty in getting there. Everyone concerned about the climate of P.C. that has taken over our military and administration and the terrible effects it has on our military ranks should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story about Seals who grabbed a notorious terrorist and then faced charges of detainee abuse. After reading the details of their court martial, I still couldn't understand why the brass did it.