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Today’s Featured Offering
Who doesn’t love a good book about Navy SEALs? I know I do.
Our featured offering from the SOFREP Book Club today is Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, and the Communist Threat in Africa, by Jim Hawes and Mary Ann Koenig. For the first time, a Navy SEAL tells the story of the United States covert operations in North Vietnam and the Congo during the Cold War.
The year was 1965.
In the US, President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, Muhammed Ali knocks out Sonny Liston, and the Rolling Stones top the charts.
On the other side of the world, James Hawes lands in the Congo with cash stuffed in his socks, morphine in his bag, and a basic understanding of his mission: recruit a mercenary navy and suppress the Soviet- and Chinese-backed rebels engaged in guerilla movements against a pro-Western government. He knew the United States must preserve deniability so that he would be abandoned in any life-threatening situation; he did not know that Che Guevara was attempting to export his revolution a few short miles away.
US History in Action
Cold War Navy SEAL gives unprecedented insight into a clandestine chapter in US history through the experiences of Hawes, a distinguished Navy Frogman and later a CIA contractor. His journey began as an officer in the newly-formed SEAL Team 2, leading him to Vietnam in 1964 to train hit-and-run boat teams who ran clandestine raids into North Vietnam. Those raids directly instigated the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
The CIA later tapped Hawes to deploy to the Congo, where he would be tasked with creating and leading a paramilitary navy on Lake Tanganyika to disrupt guerilla action in the country. According to the US government, he did not, and could not, exist; he was on his own, 1400 miles from his closest allies, with only periodic letters via air-drop as communication. Hawes recalls recruiting and managing some of the most dangerous mercenaries in Africa, battling rebels with a crew of anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and learning what the rest of the intelligence world was dying to know: the location of Che Guevara.
In vivid detail that rivals any action movie, Hawes describes how he and his team discovered Guevara leading the communist rebels on the other side and eventually forced him from the country, accomplishing a seemingly impossible mission. Complete with never-before-seen photographs and interviews with fellow operatives in the Congo, Cold War Navy SEAL is an unblinking look at a portion of Cold War history never before told.
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One of More Than a Thousand Titles
Hawes’s historical thriller is just one of more than a thousand titles you’ll have access to when you join the SOFREP Book Club. Our collection has numerous offerings in the categories of military, sports and recreation, history, nature, pets, fiction, technology and engineering, and many, many more.
How it works
Former Navy SEAL and bestselling author Brandon Webb and his team hand-pick their favorites and send them to you monthly.
With club membership, you can access a digital library with thousands of titles in the military, outdoors, hunting, and fishing genres.
- Founding members receive lifetime status at 70% off the club’s regular price.
- Invites to exclusive members-only events
- Get sneak peeks and early reads on Brandon Webb’s incoming bestsellers
- Receive monthly recommendations from SOFREP’s premiere editors
As Brandon reminds us, “Books are knowledge disguised as entertainment.”
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