imgChapter 13Culture in Action

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.

—Matthew Arnold

The public has been fascinated with the U.S. Navy's secret SEAL strike teams ever since one of them, SEAL Team Six Red Squadron, tracked down Osama bin Laden in 2012. The public eye typically focuses on the modern weaponry, awesome firepower, and sheer bravado of the SEAL operators. At least three books and a hit movie, Zero Dark Thirty—each with its own interpretation of that operation—came out in 2013. But lurking beneath the surface of Red Squadron's successful foray is another story ...

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