Damn Few

Damn Few

Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

Book - 2013
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Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs--the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs' creative operations became front and center in America's War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center's Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor . He is married and has two daughters.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator at the Fox News Channel. He has written two recent New York Times bestsellers, Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

With all the SEALs' recent successes, we have been getting a level of acclaim we're not used to. But something important has been missing in this warm burst of publicity... Correcting that is my mission here.
My own SEAL dream was launched by a book. My hope is that this one teaches lessons that go far beyond the battlefield, inspiring a fresh generation of warriors to carry on that dream.
-Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2013], ©2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401324797
Branch Call Number: B DENVER
Characteristics: x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Henican, Ellis


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Mar 01, 2016

I was a bit mislead by the title. These are memoirs from LCdr Denver's career, not detailed psychology, training regimen, or battle advice from a SEAL. I guess those are still secret. I feel like SEALs have been getting pushed into more publicity lately which, as Denver discusses, is a bit against their culture. He very gently tiptoes around this, or it was edited out by Washington. Still, somewhere out therr are even more heroes who dont get this same level of publicity (cough JTF2 cough). Just this week a SEAL was awarded the Medal of Honor, huge huge publicity. I guess thats still part of the drive to make more SEALs which is discussed in Damn Few

Jun 23, 2014

Was amazing book. The best Navy SEAL book i have read.

Nov 18, 2013

ok ok i get it! seals are the toughest bravest handsomest god bless americans there are!

Jun 29, 2013

After reading Damn Few I must watch the movie Act of Valor again!

Apr 15, 2013

The main element that sets this apart from other SEAL memoirs is that Mr. Denver was also a SEAL trainer, and goes in the philosophy and methodology of SEAL training. Goes into the internal debate when they were ordered to 'make' more SEALs. This is only about a quarter of the book however, the rest is standard (by SEAL memoir standards).


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Jun 23, 2014

Here's tae us. Wha's like us? Damn few, and they're a' deid.

-Early Scottish Toast

Jun 05, 2013

This job involves killing people-- for good purposes, yes, but killing people nonetheless...

Jun 05, 2013

Even the smallest detail matters.

Jun 05, 2013

Nothing substitutes for preparation.

Jun 05, 2013

We'll revive you with the slap of life.


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