The Operator

The Operator

Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as A SEAL Team Warrior

Book - 2017
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This instant New York Times bestseller--"a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account" ( New York Post ) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world's most wanted terrorist--Osama bin Laden.

In The Operator , Robert O'Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills--and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home.

"Impossible to put down... The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world's most famous military operations...In the larger sense, this book is about...how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat" (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O'Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is "a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America's most storied commandos at war" (Joby Warrick).
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501145032
1501145037
Branch Call Number: 359.98409 O'Neil
Characteristics: ix, 358 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Oct 28, 2017

Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good.

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Oct 28, 2017

..., Nobody ever worked for me. They worked with me.

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Two is one, one is none.

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Impossibilites only exist until somebody does it.

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Don't be afraid to think outside the box.

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Morale is the key to everything.

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There's no point in being afraid.

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Know your history,...

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..., Chiefs make the Navy work.

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jrb4az
Feb 21, 2021

Very well written book that gives you a first hand guide through what the best of the best do to protect our nation. A first hand experience of the men who live in the cold and shadows and allows us to enjoy the freedom's that we all take for granted. Makes me extremely grateful for the men who are willing to do things 99.9% of us are not able to, and to live in the country they protect.

BrooklynTom May 17, 2017

Rob tells his side of the story of his career in the Navy SEALs. His story includes 2 of the very high profile missions, which have been broadcasted in the news, he was on and the details of what occurred. He also goes into details from the intense selection of making it as a SEAL to balancing family life while on deployment.

As always, it's humbling to read stories of individuals who willingly and voluntarily step up to the plate and take on difficult and dangerous missions for this country.

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paulORorke
May 13, 2017

before you buy into this guy's stories about how heroic he is, search for "Rob O'Neil lie" on google. Gory details are included in this larger article on the team: https://theintercept.com/2017/01/10/the-crimes-of-seal-team-6/. Maybe he himself is not feeling so great about himself. His SEAL team has disowned him and he was arrested for DUI and could not give a speech afterward at Montana State University-Bozeman last year: http://mtstandard.com/crime-and-courts/msu-to-pay-o-neill-s-canceled-speaking-fee-from/article_16f7be00-7714-56e4-bd01-4ec5cdc23eac.html.

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jleeck
Oct 04, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: OBL has his head turned into an dug-out canoe at the end. I'm still not sure if this author or Mark Owen (of "No Easy Day") is telling the truth. I guess it doesn't really matter. I enjoyed the book.

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Oct 28, 2017

Other: Jimmy Buffett reference page 89.

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