The Killing School: Inside the World's Deadliest Sniper Program

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As a SEAL sniper and combat veteran, Webb was tapped to revamp the U.S. Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Scout/Sniper School, incorporating the latest advances in technology and ballistics software to create an entirely new course that continues to test the skills and even the best warriors. In this revealing new book, Webb takes readers through every aspect of this training, describing how Spec Ops snipers are taught each dimension of their art. Trainees learn to utilize every edge possible to make their shot--from studying crosswinds, barometric pressure, latitude, and even the rotation of the Earth to becoming ballistic experts. But marksmanship is only one aspect of the training. Each SEAL's endurance, stealth and mental and physical stamina are tested and pushed to the breaking point.
Webb also shows how this training plays out in combat, using real-life exploits of the world's top snipers, including Jason Delgado, who led a Marine platoon in the Battle of Husaybah and made some of the most remarkable kill shots in the Iraq War; Nicholas Irving, the U.S. Army Ranger credited with thirty-three kills in a single three-month tour in Afghanistan; and Rob Furlong, who during Operation Anaconda delivered the then-longest kill shot in history.
During Webb's sniper school tenure, the course graduated some of the deadliest and most skilled snipers of this generation, including Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor), Adam Brown (Fearless), and Chris Kyle (American Sniper). From recon and stalk, to complex last minute adjustments, and finally the moment of taking the shot, The Killing School demonstrates how today's sniper is trained to function as an entire military operation rolled into a single individual--an army of one.
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BRANDON WEBB is the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, he has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation. As the founder of the Hurricane Group, Inc., he runs the largest military content network on the Internet. Brandon lives in New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

JOHN DAVID MANN is an award-winning author whose titles include the New York Times bestseller The Red Circle and the international bestseller The Go-Giver.

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What do you do at work when a hundred crises seem to be happening at the same time? Do you pick just one priority or try to put out every fire? How can you stay composed, figure out what really matters, and act decisively? 
When former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Brandon Webb transitioned to civilian life, he struggled to get his first startup business off the ground. He raised millions for his new venture, only to lose it all as problems spiraled out of his control.
In the wake of that failure, Webb realized that successful entrepreneurs need a skill he had already mastered: total focus. SEAL snipers define it as the ability to filter out noise and chaos so you can make life-or-death decisions under the extreme conditions of combat. If he could maintain total focus while staring through crosshairs at a man who might (or might not) be an Al Qaeda terrorist, surely he could do the same in the business world.
So Webb started over, applying total focus to a new startup, a media company called Hurricane Group. His approach was so effective that in just five years, Hurricane grew to have a staff of over fifty, an audience in the tens of millions, and a valuation of more than $100 million.
In this book, Webb teaches us to make better decisions under extreme pressure by emulating the habits of his fellow warriors, as well as other skills he learned on the job and from great friends and business leaders like Solomon Choi of 16 Handles, Matt Meeker of BarkBox, and Betsy Morgan of the Huffington Post and TheBlaze. For instance, you’ll discover:

·  The difference between total focus and tunnel vision is developing total situational awareness: the ability to spot opportunities and threats without getting distracted from your goal.
·  You can overcome indecisiveness and hesitancy by accepting violence of action: a decision to move forward with an imperfect plan, knowing that even the best-laid plans go wrong.
·  Entrepreneurs must learn to embrace the suck, refusing to quit when the going gets brutal, and recognizing that unexpected challenges may reveal your best shot at success.

By following the tactics and wisdom of a generation of legendary snipers and business leaders, you’ll find the clarity of mind you need to accomplish your own mission—whatever it takes.
From New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb comes a simple yet powerful five-step guide to transforming your life by making your fears work for you instead of against you.

Brandon Webb has run life-threatening missions in the world's worst trouble spots, whether that meant jumping out of airplanes, taking down hostile ships on the open sea, or rolling prisoners in the dead of night in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a Navy SEAL, he learned how to manage the natural impulse to panic in the face of terrifying situations. As media CEO and national television commentator, he has learned how to apply those same skills in civilian life.

Drawing on his experiences in combat and business, along with colorful anecdotes from his vast network of super-achiever friends from astronauts to billionaires, Webb shows how people from all walks of life can stretch and transcend their boundaries and learn to use their fears as fuel to achieve more than they ever thought possible. "Fear can be a set of manacles, holding you prisoner," writes Webb. "Or it can be a slingshot, catapulting you on to greatness."

The key, says Webb, is not to fight fear or try to beat it back, but to embrace and harness it. In the process, rather than being your adversary, your fear becomes a secret weapon that allows you to triumph in even the most adverse situations. In Mastering Fear, Webb and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann break this transformation down into five practical steps, creating a must-read manual for anyone looking for greater courage and mastery in their lives.
In The Finishing School, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training.

In America’s new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units—small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient—are more vital than ever to America’s security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe.

But how are Navy SEALs made? In Warrior Elite, Couch narrated one SEAL class's journey through BUD/S training, the brutal initial course that separates out candidates with the character and stamina necessary to begin training as Navy SEALs. In The Finishing School, Couch follows SEALs into the next levels of training—SEAL Tactical Training—where they master combat skills such as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.

Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America’s most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America’s best warriors.
Suntem făcuți să fim fericiți! Programul în patru pași pentru fericire de lungă durată

Cu toții am trăit, într-un moment sau altul al vieții noastre, un sentiment de fericire extatică, de euforie provocată de simpla senzație de a fi viu.

Te-ai întrebat vreodată de ce această stare este atât de rară și de efemeră?

Răspunsul este că nu trebuie să fie așa!

Toate afirmațiile, gândirea pozitivă, terapia prin dialog și produsele farmaceutice din lume nu vor fi de ajuns ca să ne facă fericiți așa cum am fost creați să fim, afirmă renumiții psihologi clinicieni dr. George Pratt și dr. Peter Lambrou. Asta deoarece abordările sus-menționate nu reușesc să valorifice un al treilea aspect al organismului uman, unul care construiește o punte peste golul dintre minte și corp: biocâmpul.

Combinând șase decenii de experiență clinică și cercetări de ultimă oră, autorii au dezvoltat un program revoluționar cu ajutorul căruia îți vei redescoperi fericirea înnăscută în patru pași simpli și demonstrați clinic.

Programul conceput de Pratt și Lambrou a schimbat deja viețile a peste 45 000 de clienți, printre care s-au numărat sportivi profesioniști, conducători ai unor firme de top și celebrități. Conținând toate instrumentele bazate pe știință și sfaturile necesare pentru a putea să devii mai concentrat, mai puternic și mai împlinit, Codul fericirii îți va schimba viața.

„Una dintre marile descoperiri ale secolului XX a fost conexiunea intimă dintre corp, minte și spirit. Doctorii Pratt și Lambrou au făcut o muncă de pionierat, transformând această descoperire în tehnici care funcționează. Dacă vreți să aveți parte de mai multă fericire și împlinire, citiți Codul fericirii. V-ar putea schimba viața.“ – Dr. Larry dossey, autorul cărților Puterea premonițiilor și Cuvinte tămăduitoare (Editura Lifestyle Publishing)

Osm životních příběhů - osm hrdinů Brandon Webb je bývalým odstřelovačem jednotek Navy SEALs a jedním z nejúspěšnějších spisovatelů v žebříčku bestsellerů deníku New York Times. Nyní vám přináší své osobní vzpomínky na osm kamarádů – bývalých příslušníků Navy SEALs, kteří přinesli tu nejvyšší oběť. „To, že jsem měl možnost tyto jedinečné muže poznat – jejich život i činy – změnilo můj život. Nesmí zůstat zapomenuti. Proto se seznamte s těmito hrdiny, poznejte jejich životní příběhy a odneste si z nich ponaučení stejně jako já. Jejich smrt jsme již oplakali. Teď je na čase oslavit jejich život.” – Brandon Webb Brandon Webb se stal příslušníkem elitní odstřelovačské jednotky, prošel náročným výcvikem a účastnil se bojových misí v Perském zálivu i v Afghánistánu. Díky svým schopnostem se později stal vedoucím utajovaného výcvikového programu jednotek Navy SEALs pro odstřelovače a vychoval novou generaci špičkových profesionálů. Webb se za tu dobu sblížil s řadou mužů, kteří společně s ním procházeli výcvikem, bojovali po jeho boku, stali se jeho blízkými přáteli a později hrdinně padli. Kniha Mezi hrdiny přináší autorovy osobní vzpomínky na osm výjimečných příslušníků jednotek Navy SEALs, kteří položili život za své spolubojovníky – a za svou vlast. Zde jsou tedy pravdivé příběhy plné příkladné udatnosti a upřímné lidskosti, již prokázali tito „ovčáčtí psi“ (jak si sami říkají), kteří nás ochraňují před krvelačnými vlky tohoto světa. Jedním z nich byl Matt „Axe“ Axelson, který zahynul v Afghánistánu při operaci zachycené ve filmu Na život a na smrt. Chris Campbell, Heath Robinson a J. T. Tumilson byli mezi třiceti osmi oběťmi, které si vyžádalo sestřelení vrtulníku Extorsion 17 v dubnu roku 2011. Glen Doherty, který byl po více než deset let jedním z Webbových nejlepších přátel, zahynul tragicky 11. září roku 2012 v libyjském Benghází, kde se podílel na evakuaci amerických diplomatů a příslušníků CIA. Webb kromě nich vzpomíná i na ostatní přátele, spolužáky a spolubojovníky. Webb nám ve své knize Mezi hrdiny předkládá osm medailonů statečných mužů, které prokládá svými vzpomínkami – dozvídáme se, jací to byli lidé, jaké hodnoty vyznávali a jak zemřeli. Tito muži nám po sobě zanechali přesvědčivý odkaz – ukázali nám, jak prožít naplněný život a co to znamená stát se opravdovým hrdinou. Brandon Webb je autorem knih The Red Circle a Benghazi: The Definitive Report, které pronikly na přední místa v žebříčku bestsellerů deníku New York Times. Tento bývalý příslušník jednotek Navy SEALs, jehož posledním úkolem bylo vedení elitního odstřelovačského kursu, se podílel na vypracování jeho nové koncepce a zasloužil se o to, že z něj vycházejí jedni z nejlepších odstřelovačů 21. století. Webb si vysloužil řadu vyznamenání, například i tzv. prezidentskou citaci. V současnosti je ředitelem mediálního holdingu Force12 Media a editorem stránek Řídí největší síť serverů s vojenskou tematikou na internetu. John David Mann spolupracoval s Webbem i na textu knihy The Red Circle. Jedná se o úspěšného spisovatele, který je například autorem knihy Flash Foresight z žebříčku bestsellerů deníku New York Times a knihy The Go-Giver, která se prosadila i v mezinárodním měřítku „Fascinující a dojemný pohled na soukromí příslušníků Navy SEALs — prostředí, z nějž pocházejí, záliby, jimž se věnují ve volném čase, a jejich rodinné zázemí… Jedná se o skutečně důstojný hold.“ — časopis Men’s Journal
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