The Warrior Elite

  • by Dick Couch
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors. SEAL training is the distillation of the human spirit, a tradition-bound ordeal that seeks to find men with character, courage, and the burning desire to win at all costs, men who would rather die than quit.


What the Critics Say

"Couch has written an exceptionally nuanced and insighful book." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Riveting and Relevant

Couch's look into the lives of BUDS class 228 is both informative and relevant. By following the day to day life of these Navy SEAL trainees the reader is able to not only understand what it takes it takes to become a SEAL, but also the kind of grit the person must have in order to complete training. A mixture of heart, endurance, luck and persistence is a required trait for these men, and the book displays this by describing the obstacles the trainees must face---and clear.

A lot of things have changed since when this book was written in 2003, and it is interesting to hear about men featured in this book, like Marcus Luttrell, who is now a Navy Cross recipient for his actions during Operation Freedom. While some specifics of training might have changed, the fundamentals have not.

As SEALS are becoming more and more relevant today, especially in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, this book serves as a premier source to discover the qualities of the men that wear the SEAL trident.
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- Steven

Capturing an Essence of the SEAL-building Process

The SEAL selection process relies on a multitude of exhausting processes, physical and psychological. These processes are all designed to create a 'perfect storm' of value formation-- It Pays To Be A Winner. Couch leads us through these processes of 'Value Formation' as each SEAL 'wannabe' is being continually tested. There are as many 'breaking points' are there are SEAL candidates and Couch recognizes and offers respect for the honorable men pursuing the coveted SEAL Trident. The author cannot create a minute by minute physical experience of being Cold, Wet, and Sandy and convey that physicality to the reader He cannot create the impossibly bearable shivering that accompanies cold water immerision so many times in BUDs training ---and the attendant decline in the body's core temperature with the inherent compromise in physical and mental function. All of which is slowly and measureably eroding a trainee's win.
Couch provides as detailed an examination of the process as available. He, himself, has been through the training. He knows of what he speaks, and writes. If the reader / listener intends to explore the essence of the SEAL training process, to understand what unfolds in the day to day winnowing out of value formation; to understand a trainee must desire to WIN, at almost ANY cost in order to become a SEAL, The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch is your route to enlightenment.
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- Darren B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio