Joshua Skovlund, in his article published on September 26, 2023, introduces readers to the five best books about Navy SEALs, as recommended by actual SEALs and historians. The article not only provides book titles but delves into the significance of each book, giving readers a lens into the authentic history and culture of the SEALs, as opposed to the dramatized versions often seen in media.
- “Fearless” by Eric Blehm provides a deep dive into the life and sacrifice of Adam Brown, a SEAL Team 6 member, capturing the essence of brotherhood felt among the SEALs.
- “By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs” by Ben Milligan offers a comprehensive history of Navy SEALs, from their roots in Underwater Demolition Teams to present-day operations.
- “The Naked Warriors: The Story of the U.S. Navy’s Frogmen” by Francis Douglas Fane and Don Moore takes readers back to the origin days of the SEALs’ predecessors during World War II and the Korean War.
- Gene Wentz’s “Men in Green Faces: A Novel of US Navy SEALs” provides a fictional yet deeply rooted depiction of a SEAL’s experience during the Vietnam War.
- “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen (pen name for Matt Bissonnette) controversially recounts the mission to kill Usama bin Laden, leading to a legal dispute with the Department of Defense over its publication without prior review.