The Right Kind of Crazy: Navy SEAL, Covert Operative, and Boy Scout from Hell


Retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson is the only SEAL ever inducted into the International Spy Museum. Operating from the shadows, with an instinct for running towards trouble, his unique skill set made him the perfect hybrid of elite and modern-day counterintelligence agent.

Emerson spent his career on the bleeding edge of intelligence and operations, often specializing in solo missions that took advantage of subterfuge, improvisation, the best in recon and surveillance tech, and even elements of Hollywood disguise to combat the changing global battlefield. MacGyvering everyday objects into working spyware was routine, and fellow SEALs referred to his top-secret activities simply as “special shit.” His parameters were: find, fix, and finish—and of course, leave no trace.

While Emerson was a real-life Jason Bourne as well as a decorated soldier, he operated by only two codes: “if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying” and “it’s only illegal if you get caught.” The Right Kind of Crazy is unlike any military memoir you’ve ever read because Emerson is upfront about the fact that what makes you a great soldier and sometimes hero doesn’t always make you the best guy—but it does make for damn good stories.


I will say I thought the first part of his book was really good and entertaining. He skipped over the training since it has been discussed in other books, and got into his story. Which was good. He even speaks of his marriage and how he takes full responsibility for the break up of that and also his working at being a father.
He goes into different missions at least some details that he can, other information is blacked out and he does talk about why a certain part got blacked out. He tries to make it funny. What really got me was about losing his friend in Bengasi which is not spoken about much and he also speaks of another mission of great loss of life named Extortion 17, both of these are not talked about much so to see them at least spoken a little bit was nice.
Towards the end, he goes into being investigated along with others just because they knew a member a former Seal who wrote a book without approval. He goes through what it felt like and though he and others did nothing wrong were treated differently even after nearly 20 years of service and sacrifice for our country. How the powers to be di not even look into that but just because he met the guy once or twice. Really an eye-opener when you get to that part of the story. Overall a good book and worthy for anyone to read. I received this book from I gave this book 4 stars. Follow us at

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