Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors is Don Mann’s story of his career with the exclusive and elusive Navy SEAL Team Six and how it helped shape his life. While Mann does a nice job of detailing his tenure with SEAL Team Six, the book lacks depth and was a bit hard for me to get into. The work that SEAL Team Six did is discussed, but the level of classified and blacked out text within the book makes it a bit hard to follow.
Inside SEAL Team Six tells the tale of Don Mann’s personal experience within this elite branch of the American military. The heroic acts of this branch of the military are focused on and discussed, as best the author can cover without government editing; the story is really one of Mann’s life rather than the activities of SEAL Team Six.
The censorship or protecting of sensitive information is heavy, often with several full pages being blacked out. While it is interesting and fascinating to see the information that is allowed to be presented, it is discouraging to gather interest, only to be faced with large chunks of blacked out texts. As a result, it’s hard to remain captivated or follow Mann’s diction.
While the book is well written, it reads more as a personal memoir rather than a military tell-all and because of this, I feel that the title is misleading. It does begin with the heroic fight and capture of Osama Bin Laden, and then quickly shifts into memoir mode. Readers who pick up Inside SEAL Team Six expecting details about a certain night in Pakistan will be sorely disappointed.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
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