This is the unforgettable story of how an ordinary Iraqi became a hero to America's elite warriors-and how that debt was repaid with the gift of freedom.
He was the seals' most trusted interpreter . . . and more
Night after night, while his homeland was being destroyed around him, he guided the U.S. Navy SEALs through Iraq's most dangerous regions. Operating under the code name "Johnny Walker," he risked his life on more than a thousand missions and became a legend in the U.S. special-ops community, many of whose members credit him with saving their lives. But in the eyes of Iraq's terrorists and insurgents, he and his family were marked for death because he worked with the Americans. . . . Then the SEALs stood up to protect the man who had watched their backs through the entire war.
Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special-operations unit deployed there. Using his wits to outthink the insurgency, Johnny Walker unmasked countless terrorists and helped foil an untold number of plots against Americans and their allies. He went on hundreds of missions, saved dozens of American lives-both SEAL and civilian-and risked his own life daily. He and his family lived in constant jeopardy, surviving multiple assassination attempts and a host of threats in Mosul, until a desperate escape through the desert late in the war took them to the relative safety of Baghdad.
Fearing for Johnny's long-term safety after the war, the SEALs-now as close as brothers to Johnny-took it upon themselves to bring him to the United States, where today he and his family live their version of the American Dream. He remains in the fight by helping train the next generation of American special-operations warriors.
For the first time ever, a "terp" tells what it was like in Iraq during the American invasion and the brutal insurgency that followed. With inside details on SEAL operations and a humane understanding of the tragic price paid by ordinary Iraqis, Code Name: Johnny Walker reveals a side of the war that has never been told before.
"A hero. ... Countless Navy SEALs relied on the Iraqi translator's wile, and sometimes his way with a weapon, to bring them out alive." -- New York Daily News "A gripping memoir. ... Code Name: Johnny Walker is an unforgettable story--an essential account of the Iraq War." -- ERIC BLEHM, bestselling author of Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown "Extraordinary... Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in the perspective of an Iraqi who was willing to sacrifice everything in an effort to improve his country, and who was instrumental in bringing many of the bad guys to justice." -- MARCUS LUTTRELL, former U.S. Navy SEAL, recipient of the Navy Cross, and #1 bestselling author of Lone Survivor "'Johnny Walker' defines the word 'brother' and how it transcends blood. He is a true American at heart, one I trusted with my life as much as every other SEAL I had the honor of working with." -- MIKAL VEGA, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and founder of Vital Warrior "Johnny is responsible for saving many American lives, especially SEALs. He has an amazing story that I feel needs to be told, and would touch the hearts of all Americans. I cannot express how many lives have been touched by Johnny, and how many of us owe him our lives." -- CHRIS KYLE, former U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper "Johnny's ingenuity, indomitable spirit, and utter fearlessness not only protected the lives of many SEALs, but also saved countless innocent Iraqis. He is a true hero to all of us. Seeing Johnny and his family living safely in the United States is something I will cherish forever." -- "CAPT. X," active-duty U.S. Navy SEAL Team commanding officer "Fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq. ... [An] invaluable insider's perspective of Iraq. ... Vivid. ... A harrowing personal journey of courageous self-empowerment during wartime." -- Kirkus Reviews "This gripping memoir by 'Johnny Walker,' an Iraqi translator who risked his life for eight years to work alongside U.S. Navy SEALs (a job so dangerous that even now he can't use his real name) is a story of loyalty and courage under fire--literally." -- Parade (Parade's Picks) "Riveting and illuminating. ... Reads more like a fictional thriller than a memoir. Walker's story is amazing and gives a unique perspective on the Iraqi War." -- BlackFive.net "A remarkable story. ... Offering a unique perspective on the Iraq War, 'Code Name: Johnny Walker' tells the story of one Iraqi who risked everything to fight with U.S. troops, in particular the Navy SEALs, becoming perhaps the only 'terp' (interpreter) to be welcomed into their tight-knit fold." -- FoxNews.com "Riviting. ... For those who think they've heard the last word on the Iraq war, Code Name: Johnny Walker is an eye-opener. With DeFelice, Walker has written a mesmerizing memoir about his life, including the six years in which he helped American forces." -- Christian Science Monitor "A breathtaking memoir -- a stirring tale of courage and convictions. It adds a fascinating and insightful new dimension to the history of the Iraq War." -- Coronado Eagle-Journal "Extremely informative and gripping. ... Offers a unique perspective. ... Johnny became the SEALs' most trusted interpreter, willing to sacrifice everything in an effort to improve his country and keep his SEAL brothers safe." -- American Thinker "Johnny Walker went well above and beyond his duties as an interpreter to help save countless American lives. ... Walker became a valuable asset not only because of his language skills but his valor in executing missions. ... Be sure to check out the book." -- The Blaze "The story of an Iraqi interpreter who spent six dangerous years working with American special forces before being brought to safety in America." -- New York Times Book Review "An inspiring story of courage and commitment." -- Bowling Green Daily News (KY) "This is an excellent memoir, a story about the post-9/11 war in Iraq as told by someone who is simultaneously an insider and an outsider. ... "The voice--earnest, disillusioned, passionate, patriotic--seems undeniably to be that of the pseudonymous 'Johnny Walker.'" -- Booklist
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 11th February 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.51