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Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell Available Here
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Memoirs
Price: around $15
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In June of 2005, Luttrell led a four-man team of Navy SEALs into the mountains of Afghanistan on a mission to kill a Taliban leader thought to be allied with Osama bin Laden. On foot, the team encountered two adult men and a teenage boy. A debate broke out as to whether the SEALs should summarily execute the trio to keep them from alerting the Taliban. Luttrell himself was called upon to make the decision. He was torn between considerations of morality and his survival instinct, and he points out that "any government that thinks war is somehow fair and subject to rules like a baseball game probably should not get into one. Because nothing's fair in war, and occasionally the wrong people do get killed." Luttrell opted to spare the Afghanis' lives. About an hour later, the Taliban launched an attack that claimed nearly a hundred of their own men but also the lives of all the SEALs except Luttrell, who was left wounded. Not long after that, the Taliban shot down an American rescue helicopter, killing all 16 men on board. Luttrell is sure that the three Afghanis he let go turned around and betrayed the SEALs. But if nothing is fair in war, neither is anything foreordained. Luttrell was found by other Afghanis, one of whom claimed to be his village's doctor. Once again, Luttrell had to rely on his instincts. "There was something about him," Luttrell writes. "By now I'd seen a whole lot of Taliban warriors, and he looked nothing like any of them. There was no arrogance, no hatred in his eyes." Luttrell trusted the man and his colleagues, who took him back to their village, where the law of hospitality -- "strictly nonnegotiable" -- took hold. "They were committed to defend me against the Taliban," Luttrell writes, "until there was no one left alive." The law held, and Luttrell survived, returned home and received the Navy Cross for combat heroism from President Bush. Copyright 2007, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved.

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    Vito196983, Mon, 10 Dec 2007 19:16:58 UTC.
    1st review

    Great about about a Navy Seal team in afghanistan and the one guy left alive

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    maybetheydontknow, Wed, 12 Dec 2007 19:38:44 UTC.

    The LT of the group just, received the Medal of Honor (posthumously). One of the better books ever written.

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    Chris_Cosgriff, Thu, 10 Jan 2008 18:49:56 UTC.

    I just finished reading this book. A tremendous story that makes me incredibly proud of the US Navy. Every one of those SEALs are true American heroes.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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    StrodeMCSO1125, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 18:22:32 UTC.

    Probley the best book i have read in years, got all of my buddise to read it they all loved it

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    TheSarge, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:56:52 UTC.

    This account quiets the soul of those who speak loudly in the presence of true warriorship. These SEAL operators are reflective of the outstanding men from THE TEAMS.

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    kpdbx, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:57:23 UTC.

    Absolutely great book about heroism and the war on terror

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    Greenster5811, Sat, 12 Jan 2008 00:23:58 UTC.

    By far the best book about brotherhood, survival, and determination I have ever read. Coming from a Marines standpoint, I have nothing but the utmost respect for these Seals and the job they did that day. This book has motivated me as a police officer to better prepare myself and my fellow deputies for whatever the job may throw at us. Overall, best book I have ever read!

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    Swatsgt, Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:06:16 UTC.

    True HEROES.......and in a time when the word is used to freely.....WARRIORS!!

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    brooklynsergeant, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 22:56:22 UTC.

    I read this book in one night, while I was in the hospital. The othr person in the room complained that I kept the light on, too bad. The story of this SEAL Team Element was excellant, true American Heros.

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    snafu90, Wed, 16 Apr 2008 13:27:18 UTC.

    I just finished the book and it was great, one of the best books I have ever read. Just goes to show us what can be done when the odds are against use but you keep the will to always fight back and live. I would love to hear Luttrell speak one day.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:54:11 UTC.

    Outstanding read! For those who straddle the fence in suppporting our troops it will enlighten them in what our military warriors have to go through, and the hurdles they have to jump to not only survive the life or death encounters but to also survive the political rules of engagement.

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    Retleo, Thu, 01 May 2008 06:57:22 UTC.

    I could not put this book down, read it in one sitting. An inside look into SEAL training and the types of missions that these guys take on. The description of combat in the Afghan hills is heartbreaking, but shows just how tough and dedicated to each other the SEALS are. I definitely recommend this book.

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    cgingo, Fri, 30 May 2008 20:25:36 UTC.

    This book is abslutely a must read to understand the heros who go over to the war zone. Many of us have been over there and have met these types of folks but didn't know it till after the fact.

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    ABCcop, Thu, 05 Jun 2008 14:52:17 UTC.

    Not much I can add that other readers haven't. This is a great book and I highly encourage everyone to read this. It has also motivated me to prepare myself physically for the challenges that may lie ahead. We never know what we'll run into. Luttrell is a genuine American hero, along with his brothers who perished on that mountain.

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    Cujocop, Sun, 08 Jun 2008 18:31:45 UTC.

    This was an outstanding book that was very well written. It was simply OUTSTANDING!

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    Anonymous, Sun, 08 Jun 2008 22:20:33 UTC.

    Good Book

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    Anonymous, Mon, 09 Jun 2008 01:00:31 UTC.

    Excellent read.

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    ForensicOne2be, Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:39:21 UTC.

    One excellent book. Read it.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 08 Aug 2008 09:53:17 UTC.

    Just finished this book a couple days ago. I would recommend this book to anyone. I finished this book with a high amount of pride and sadness for all of those involved.

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    oden347, Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:30:26 UTC.

    This book is an incredible story of selfless heroism. The word hero is used a bit to frequently these days and these brave men....form the entire team, to the team leader to the writer fit the description, once picked up, you cannot put it down. It also puts a face on the "streets" that these warriers walk through every day.....

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    Air2Mud, Mon, 27 Oct 2008 22:58:47 UTC.

    True Bravery. Great Book

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    Anonymous, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:32:42 UTC.

    great read, could not put it down.

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    MIKIESPLACE, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:48:39 UTC.

    read this one twice, a must read for all. hooyah!

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    dino98, Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:18:59 UTC.

    An absolutely amazing account of an amazing battle. Very well written, putting you in the scene with the author. A 'bonus' is the very detailed description of SEAL training, which gives the reader a true glimpse into how these warriors are chosen. Read it....then read it again!

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    Anonymous, Thu, 12 Mar 2009 21:34:11 UTC.

    The best book I have read in a long time. Reminds me how lucky we to have guys like that.

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    SAR175, Wed, 01 Jul 2009 18:15:17 UTC.

    This book makes me thankful for the guys that go behind enemy lines that we never hear about. Way to go Marcus Luttrell

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    LP_MD, Tue, 21 Jul 2009 01:12:59 UTC.

    Couldn't put it down , had to fight back the tears a few times.

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    tsokel, Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:16:08 UTC.

    Haven't read it but I have heard good stuff.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 20 Oct 2010 02:34:37 UTC.

    Can't wait to read it.

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:37:49 UTC.

    good book.

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