Code Name: Johnny Walker

  • by Johnny Walker, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this illuminating and informative memoir, an Iraqi translator who risked his life working with American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the Navy SEALs tells his remarkable and inspiring story, offering a refreshing new perspective on the Iraq War.
As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"- an interpreter - with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name. They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother.
Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. He went on thousands of missions, saved dozens of SEAL and other American lives, and risked his own daily. Helped to the U.S. by the SEALs he protected, Johnny Walker's life is so remarkable that his tale sounds like fiction. But every word of it is true.
For the first time ever, a "terp" tells what it was like in Iraq during the American occupation. With inside details on SEAL operations and a humane understanding of how most civilians caught between the terrorists and the new government really felt, Code Name: Johnny Walker reveals a side of the war never told before.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Fab story. Slight Scottish/Iraqi vocal at times. So glad he got to the states and safety
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- Jennifer Berry

One for the listen again list

A remarkable story that fiction would struggle to emulate. A remarkable story of the people who risk their lives in support of our troops. In this instance Johnny goes above and beyond what is required of a "terp. He also provides an insight of the lives of the Iraqies, before the wars and after, demonstrating that policy makers should have a plan for what to do after the initial military victory has been won.
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- Royston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio