CHEF CHARLES CARROLL (chefcharlescarroll.com) is an eight-time Culinary Olympian who travels the world speaking on championship thinking and personal greatness. He has shared the stage with such figures as former world heavyweight champion George Foreman, Chef Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible), Chef Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet), and Chef Rick Tramonto (Iron Chef America). He was named one of the year's Great Country Inn Chefs by the James Beard Foundation (1993) and is past president of the World Association of Chefs Societies, with over 10 million members in 105 countries. Among his titles and distinctions, Chef Carroll has been inducted into the World Master Chefs Association, the American Academy of Chefs, the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the Honorable order of the Golden Toque. For his work with U.S. troops abroad, Chef Carroll was personally commended by U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2013 he was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Martin by the U.S. Army. Chef Carroll currently serves as Executive Chef of Houston's River Oaks Country Club.
JOHN DAVID MANN (johndavidmann.com) is coauthor of the national bestselling classic The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, which has sold more than half a million copies in more than two dozen languages. Winner of the Axiom Business Book Award's Gold Medal in 2008, The Go-Giver has been hailed as "the most important parable about business--and life--of our time" by bestselling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant; "a small book that packs a huge idea" by bestselling author Daniel Pink; "a good description of many of the most amazing people I've encountered" by Arianna Huffington; and "a must-read by anyone who wants to change the world" by talk show host Glenn Beck. Inc. magazine named it as one of the 18 Most Motivational Books of All Time. His other titles include the New York Times bestsellers Flash Foresight (with Daniel Burrus) and The Red Circle (with Brandon Webb) and the national bestsellers Among Heroes (with Brandon Webb), The Slight Edge (with Jeff Olson), and Real Leadership (with John Addison). His 2011 Take the Lead (with Betsy Myers) was named by Tom Peters and The Washington Post as Best Leadership Book of 2011.
BEFORE HE COULD FORGE A BAND OF ELITE WARRIORS... HE HAD TO BECOME ONE HIMSELF.
Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.
Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors-including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle-that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.
From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military.
Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.