Editor’s Note: The following article was published on America’s 1st Freedom and written by Frank Miniter. “The Killing School” is now available on Amazon. -Desiree

Anyone who worries that books might soon fade away as generations decide, maybe childishly prefer, to go no deeper than 140-character tweets, is fretting about losing books like Brandon Webb’s The Killing School—Inside the World’s Deadliest Sniper Program.

Though filled with scenes from war—mostly drawn from Webb’s experience serving with SEAL Team 3, Naval Special Warfare Group One Training Detachment sniper cell—calling The Killing School a war book is like saying Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War is only about Vietnam or that William Manchester’s Goodbye, Darkness is only a WWII memoir. The Killing School takes us deep into SEAL sniper training; it introduces us to the people who do these things for us; and it exposes the often-unreported realities of the modern battlefield. Most of all, it gives even those of us who haven’t served a deep look into what American warriors do. Books like this one give us much deeper lessons in the reality of what our best must do to protect us than a movie, Facebook post or tweet can ever give us.

Within this book is a stubborn truth about the American spirit and why a free people, despite so many unknowing, clawing hands, fight to retain their basic right to keep and bear arms.

These are, after all, our finest warriors, all trained to a razor’s edge so they can covertly go where we send them to kill terrorists and to save American citizens.

Before even getting to all that, Webb begins by dismissing the critics who might not like that a retired Navy SEAL is writing books. Special Forces are, after all, are supposed to be “quiet professionals.”

“For me, the face of death is as familiar as the barista at my local coffee shop.” — Brandon Webb, author of The Killing SchoolNevertheless, from Richard Marcinko’s classic Rogue Warrior (founder and first commanding officer of SEAL Team 6) to Chris Kyle (American Sniper) to Webb, a lot of retired SEALS have written books. Is this a good thing?

To show us why it is, when done humbly and patriotically, Webb and his coauthor (John David Mann) begin with death—not with death generally or with even a particular fallen hero, but with death as an occupation, as a duty in service of country. Webb begins with what it’s like to wield death with a sniper rifle to protect our troops on the field of battle.