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  • The Tragedy and Corruption of SEAL Team Six
  • By: Matthew Cole
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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By: Matthew Cole
Narrated by: Braden Wright
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A hard-hitting exposé of SEAL Team 6, the US military’s best-known brand, that reveals how the Navy SEALs were formed, then sacrificed, in service of American empire.

The Navy SEALs are, in the eyes of many Americans, the ultimate heroes. When they killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, it was celebrated as a massive victory. Former SEALs rake in cash as leadership consultants for corporations, and young military-bound men dream of serving in their ranks. 

But the SEALs have lost their bearings. Investigative journalist Matthew Cole tells the story of the most lauded unit, SEAL Team 6, revealing a troubling pattern of war crimes and the deep moral rot beneath authorized narratives. From their origins in World War II, the SEALs have trained to be specialized killers with short missions. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan became the endless War on Terror, their violence spiraled out of control.

Code Over Country details the high-level decisions that unleashed the SEALs’ carnage and the coverups that prevented their crimes from coming to light. It is a necessary and rigorous investigation of the unchecked power of the military—and the harms enacted by and upon soldiers in America’s name.

©2022 Matthew Cole (P)2022 Bold Type Books
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Total nonsense.

I would like to see the author state his sources. It is all a great he said/she said and former this and that. Plenty of information is also factually incorrect. Waste of time and money.

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some research is incomplete

The stories conclusion speaks about Australian issues which has inaccuracies and incorrect information, this makes me wonder about the rest of the story. How much is biased and how much is truth.

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Eye opening

A lot of hard to hear details but a very thorough and interesting examination of warrior culture as it is tested in the most extreme circumstances.

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Multiple Perspectives - Past to Present

I don't normally read many books about the military. I was drawn in by the subject matter and the narration of Braden Wright.
Within minutes I was hooked. It is a fascinating story with many different perspectives including the history of how SEALs formed as well as many other accounts. It isn't a one sided story and well worth a listen.

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A very important book

Thank you Matthew and thank you to the men and women who spoke up. Thank you for shedding light on some key events and helping to correct the history books. No doubt special forces across the world who have been involved in this unprecedented, extended war have work to do to heal and reset their cultures. This excellent book shines the light in great detail on how far we can drift in war. If you are interested in military history, this book is essential reading.

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