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By Water Beneath the Walls
The Rise of the Navy SEALs
By (author): Benjamin H. Milligan
9780553392197 Hardcover English General/trade Jul 20, 2021
$40.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.64 x 1.52 in | 2.05 lb 640 pages 52 B&W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT Bantam Dell Bantam
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
A gripping history chronicling the fits and starts of American special operations and the ultimate rise of the Navy SEALs from unarmed frogmen to elite, go-anywhere commandos—as told by one of their own.

How did the U.S. Navy—the branch of the U.S. military tasked with patrolling the oceans—ever manage to produce raiders trained to operate on land? And how, against all odds, did that unit become one of the world’s most elite commando forces, routinely striking thousands of miles from the water into the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, even central Africa?



Behind the SEALs’ improbable rise lies the most remarkable underdog story in American military history—and in these pages, former Navy SEAL Ben Milligan captures it as never before.



Told through the eyes of remarkable leaders and racing from one longshot, hair-curling raid to the next, it’s a tale of the unit’s heroic naval predecessors, and the evolution of the SEALs themselves. But it’s also the story of the forging of American special operations as a whole—and how the SEAL emerged from its fires as America’s first permanent commando force, when again and again some other unit seemed predestined to seize that role.



Here Milligan thrillingly captures the outsized feats of the SEALs’ frogmen-forefathers in World War II, the Korean War, and elsewhere, even as he plunges us into the second front of interservice rivalries and personal ambition that shaped the SEALs’ evolution.



In equally vivid, masterful detail, he chronicles key early missions undertaken by units like the Marine Raiders, Army Rangers, and Green Berets, showing us how these fateful, bloody moments helped create the modern American commando—even as they opened up pivotal opportunities for the Navy.



Finally, he takes us alongside as the SEALs at last seize the mantle of commando raiding, and discover the missions of capture-kill and counterterrorism that will define them for decades to come.



Written with the insight that can only come from a combat veteran and a member of the book’s tribe, By Water Beneath the Walls is an essential new history of the SEAL Teams, a crackling account of desperate last-stands and unforgettable characters accomplishing the impossible—and a riveting epic of the dawn of American special operations.  

UNTOLD ORIGIN STORY: The shelf is filled with SEAL memoirs and behind-the-scenes journalistic accounts—but till now, no book has traced the unit’s unlikely, decades-spanning ascent to the pinnacle of the military’s special-unit heirarchy.

THRILLING SMALL-UNIT ACTION: Each chapter recounts specific, key battles with all the immediacy, clarity, and detail a military-history fan could dream of.

THE NAVY HEROES WHO PAVED THE WAY: At the heart of this story are unforgettable characters—who, tasked with the impossible, again and again rose to the challenge and completed their missions.

WHY THE NAVY? Milligan shows us how, over time, other branches of the military and rival special-ops units left gaps for the Navy—and, finally, the SEAL—to fill, expanding their purview beyond the shoreline.

A SEAL’S PASSION PROJECT: This is a book seven years in the making for Milligan, and it shows. There’s real scope here—a narrative connecting the dots of US special ops history in the twentieth century—and he’s both wrestled it all into shape and truly brought it alive, with fantastic detail at every step.

Benjamin H. Milligan became a US Navy SEAL in 2001. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and other awards. A native of Indianapolis, he currently lives in the Chicago area and has three sons.



Author Residence: Chicago, IL

Author Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

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“Deeply researched, well organized, and incredibly engaging, By Water Beneath the Walls is one of the finest histories I’ve read about the formation and rise of the Navy SEALs. This is our legacy with all the warts, the challenges, and the heroics in one concise volume.”—Admiral William H. McRaven, former commander, United States Special Operations Command, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed

“Fascinating…Written with gusto and based on years of research, this history spans eight decades. Fast-paced and packed with colorful personalities and close-quarters gunfights, it vividly details the lineage of the SEALs. This tour de force confirms what we all suspected: SEALs are slightly crazy, and our nation is safer for it.”—Bing West, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Call Sign Chaos

By Water Beneath the Walls is the SEAL book we needed. A deep dive into the SEALs’ roots, it is written with style and insight that could come only from someone who is part of the community. Milligan uses razor-sharp analysis and masterful storytelling to leave us with a clear understanding of not only how the SEALs came into being, but, more important, why.”—Kevin Maurer, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Lions of Kandahar and No Easy Day

“If you want to know how the Navy SEALs became the elite commandos they are today, this is the book for you. Ben Milligan is a detailed storyteller, and his book is a fascinating, page-turning read that deserves a place on any military history lover’s shelf.”—former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author Brandon Webb

“A well-researched, nuanced, and candid look at the evolution of American military special operations and, specifically, the expansion of the role of the Navy SEALs from a maritime/littoral-centric force to an inland, land-based capture/kill special operations component.”—Dick Couch, New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Elite and Chosen Soldier

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