First SEALS: The Untold Story of the Forging of America’s Most Elite Unit
Patrick K. O’Donnell. Boston: DaCapo Press, 2014. 288 pp. Ilus. Index. Notes. $25.99.
Reviewed by David Mattingly
From their inception, Navy SEALs were known as the “quiet professionals” and little was written about their operations in books or the press. This changed after the attacks on 9/11 and with the major role SEALs played in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and smaller operations such as the rescue of the MV Maersk Alabama. Patrick O’Donnell is an award-winning author of military history and served as a combat historian during the Battle of Fallujah. He is an expert speaker on World War II espionage and special operations, and he received the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society’s John Waller Award.