The Finishing School

  • by Dick Couch
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units - small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient - are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. But how are Navy SEALs made?
Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, in which they master such combat skills as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.
Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.

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What the Critics Say

"Couch is a well-qualified guide to this class of men who possess what he calls a relentless desire to fight and win as a team." (The Wall Street Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Great book to follow the Warrior Elite.

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This book helped me to understand that Navy Seals go through a tremendous amount of training just to earn their Trident. The sacrifice and dedication that these elite servicemen have is amazing. This book truly put that into perspective for me.

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- Glen

Great to see the life after BUDS

Would you listen to The Finishing School again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again just to be reminded just how much training there is after BUDS. The story you hear is always BUDS, and then all of a sudden you are a SEAL, but after listening to this book, there is at least 18 more months of intense training before you are a deploy-able Operator. It is amazing to hear about the training and schooling that goes into the making of a single Navy SEAL.


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- Stephanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio