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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author Patrick K. O'Donnell comes the untold story of World War II's first special operations combat swimmers - the forerunners of today's Navy SEALs.

In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men - among them a dentist, a medical student, a Hollywood star, an archaeologist, a British commando, and even former enemies of the Allies - formed an exceptional unit that would later become the US Navy's Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America's first swimmer-commandos, an elite breed of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the tactics, technology, and philosophy that live on in the Navy SEALs and shape the battlefield of today.

During the war, the unit conducted some of the most daring operations behind enemy lines, but after the war its astonishing record was classified, lost, and buried - until now. In First SEALs, Patrick K. O'Donnell tells the remarkable story of World War II's Maritime Unit - one of the greatest untold stories of World War II.

©2014 Patrick K. O'Donnell (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This is one of those books that if you are intrested in the subject matter you are going to like if you're not really intrested in the subject matter you might find it a little hard to follow If you are a fan of military nonfiction this is a definite must for you

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Very short book. It sure seems like there could have been more info in it.

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really great storytelling slightly confusing

great story with amazing tales only complaint is that its not very linear and is somtimes hard to follow

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History of the OSS MU

This was an outstanding listen, the work done to bring together all of these stories is nothing short of astonishing. I enjoyed it a lot!

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Audible download corrupted; trying to download for third time

This is fantastic story of how the Navy SEALs were formed from the OSS Maritime Unit. Only wish I could listen to this book without these technical problems. This will be my third attempt to download this book. If this continues to happen, I'll be forced to stop my subscription & find another more reliable source for audiobooks. I've listened to books on audible.com for over 3 years & never had this problem. Could it be due to the latest upgrade?