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And that is the underlying lesson in this book. That life is a series of teachable moments and that we must be able to recognize such moments and apply lessons learned in our future endeavors. Kudos to a story well told. By David on June 17, Chief Nickols had an amazing career in the Navy over 20 years, and the 40 short stories he tells of this career provide a window on life in America in the Vietnam war era, race relations in the military, and the superb training methods used in the Navy. But more than this, Nickols highlights key messages for every aspiring leader based on his personal experiences as he rose through the ranks to become an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations.
These messages are even more important today, as we learn to manage knowledge workers in a fast-moving business environment. This book should be essential reading for every new naval officer, as well as every MBA student. These sea stories are not just for sailors. They touch on matters of concern to all who live and work in large, rule-bound organizations.
These include leadership, morale, authority, loyalty, work, performance, discrimination, diversity, change, conflict, the division and coordination of labor, organizations and, of course, war-fighting. All 40 stories are based on actual events. Some are funny, some are grim and all of them make one or more points.
They are meant to be entertaining and educational. I personally think that the United States is lucky to have such highly trained and motivated armed forces to safeguard it's future and seeing in the media how they are sometimes condemned by their own public is shocking to me, these brave men and women should each be heralded as a hero, because that is what they are, because believe me, it is not nice living in a country where your armed forces can barely defend themselves, let alone the people who depend on them. A thoughtful and vivid memoir. His special operations career takes up the majority of the book.
McRaven does, of course, provide firsthand accounts of the capture of Saddam, the rescue of Richard Phillips, and the bin Laden mission; these are probably the most gripping parts of the book. Throughout the sections on his career, McRaven provides A thoughtful and vivid memoir. Throughout the sections on his career, McRaven provides lots of insight into how special operations are planned and executed, what leadership in such units is like, and how fluid situations can get. He stresses the importance of the team and the interdependence of each person on the other.
A colorful and engaging work. Jul 21, Courtney Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: advanced-reader-copy. Fantastic book. I was not sure I was going to like this one but was pleasantly surprised! Each chapter was an action packed tale that kept me reading. I loved how the author was introspective and much could be taken away from every story. Worth a read. View 1 comment. May 27, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , memoir , biography , non-fiction. Thank you Admiral William H. McRaven for your service to this country. We need to hear more stories of our brave men and women who have served and sacrificed to give us our freedom.
He writes of the heroes, the wounded and the fallen. He acknowledges the families who stand behind them and gives credit where credit is due to his team members and those who helped him throughout Thank you Admiral William H. He acknowledges the families who stand behind them and gives credit where credit is due to his team members and those who helped him throughout his career. It made me proud of America and helped remind me that freedom isn't free. I knew I would love this book from the "Make Your Bed" author. Loved the early years stories Great book!! Thank you to Goodreds for a copy for my review.
Jul 04, Terri Gill rated it it was amazing. It tells the story of the life of a man who made a difference in the world. It brings every emotion to the surface, tears and often a smile. I am proud to say I know the author, went to school with him, and am so impressed by all the things he accomplished with so many brave men at his side.
I loved the book and have gained a new appreciation for our military. Life lessons, so well written, and well spoken. Thank you Admiral Bill McRaven for your lifetime of service to our nation and our people. Aug 21, Justin Levy rated it it was amazing.
Of all of the Special Forces, military, and autobiographies, this is easily one of my favorite. Admiral McRaven oversaw some of the highest profile and dangerous missions, including the highjacking of the Maersk Alabama and the raid on Bin Laden's compound. Jun 06, John rated it liked it. By all accounts retired Admiral William McRaven is an impressive guy. This makes for frankly boring reading at times.
I enjoy 3. After about the rank of Lieutenant, you are directing special ops and not really involved in the operations themselves. Admiral McRaven refers very quickly to an incident fairly early in his career in which he was relieved as a SEAL commander, and how a higher officer who saw potential in him acted to save his career. This is a quick read, and interesting, but I would have liked more stories of the admiral in actual combat, and also some vulnerability in discussing his being relieved of command and how that affected him. Jun 06, E. This book I absolutely love this book.
If I didn't know any better, I would have thought this book was a sequel to Forrest Gump! As a matter of fact, this book is essentially a book form of Forrest Gump, except everything in it is real. The book is written to highlight significant milestones and events in Admiral McRaven's career, and boy what a career September 11, Usama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Captain Phillips, etc etc, the man was truly in the center of some of the significant events This book I couldn't recommend this book enough to both military and non-military readers. Must read! Jun 16, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary , biography , overdrive-navy , military , non-fiction , colbert-stewart-noah-interview.
Why I started this book: Love to read biographies of the SEALs, and it was fascinating to learn of a career that continued past the operator stage. Why I finished it: The problem with working in Special Operations for 37 years is that most of your life is classified. You can't talk about what you've seen or done. McRaven talks about some of the training missions, and the missions that have been declassified like Captain Philips, killing Admiral William H.
McRaven talks about some of the training missions, and the missions that have been declassified like Captain Philips, killing Osama bin Laden, capturing Saddam Hussein This is a man who played a part in some of the most important military missions in recent history and his retelling of the missions and the people involved is straightforward but incredibly moving. Admiral McRaven narrates the audiobook version. Some people are in the right place at the right time. And sometimes it seems that a person was born to do the job they do.
Both of these apply to Admiral McRaven. A great book by someone who was arguably the greatest special forces leader in U. I thank God that men like William H. McRaven were born. Sep 16, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: history-world , history-us , politics , nonfiction , military. Top Read!!! Jun 27, Anna rated it really liked it. This book of stories has a strong American Hero theme running through it that some people will find inspiring and endearing and other people may find over the top. I had mixed feelings but I continued reading because McRaven has had some incredible experiences that make for really good stories and he is a skilled storyteller which made this a pretty interesting and engaging read overall.
Aug 02, Tom rated it it was amazing. I loved this book, especially in the Audible version read by the author, who had an overyear career in and commanding special forces worldwide. His recounting of his career in the form of chapters spanning his life, from childhood I loved this book, especially in the Audible version read by the author, who had an overyear career in and commanding special forces worldwide. His recounting of his career in the form of chapters spanning his life, from childhood to retirement, is captivating and inspirational, illuminating the non-stop efforts involved in conducting overt and clandestine operations on a daily basis in every corner of the globe, most of which is hidden from public view.
Thank goodness we have men like McRaven and those he commanded out there trying to make the world safer for the rest of us. I enjoyed reading this book. The book is quite entertaining as well as a glimpse into a behind the scenes of an American Hero. I laughed so hard that my husband became curious about what I was reading and I read it to him. Again, a great book.
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In later career, he was involved in capturing Saddam Hussein and overseeing the killing of Osama bin Laden. Outstanding book a must read I encourage you to trudge through the first chapter which is really rather disappointing childhood escapades. But the book is an absolute compelling read. It just adds to my extreme gratitude to the professionalism and the service of our Armed Forces.
It is also very well written. Aug 18, Blake rated it it was amazing. Wonderful stories from a warrior who served in the SEALs and happened to be at many of the pivotal points over his career.
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The writing was very reader friendly making it easy to fly through this book, reveling at the inside picture from things you read in the news. Definitely a recommended read. May 25, Lane Corley rated it it was amazing. Wish there were more stars! And more stories from William McRaven. May 25, Lisa Serota rated it it was amazing. The bravery of the men and woman that protect and serve our country is unparalleled. Highly recommend this book. Jul 05, Susan rated it it was amazing.
McRaven shares his life in service to our country in this book, from tales of a typical childhood to the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and the raid that resulted in the death of Osma bin Laden. It is both an entertaining and informative read that anyone who enjoys history, military history or just a good story will enjoy. Jul 01, Raimo Wirkkala rated it liked it. Setting aside some glorification of war, trivialization of peace, and prehistoric notions of what constitutes "manhood", it must be said that McRaven has a knack for story-telling.
This episodic military memoir is certainly chock-full of stirring tales; none more so than the penultimate chapter about the conception, preparation, and execution of the Bin Laden-raid; but the author, while glorying in the triumphs, is far less sanguine when it comes to failures that are mentioned only in passing an Setting aside some glorification of war, trivialization of peace, and prehistoric notions of what constitutes "manhood", it must be said that McRaven has a knack for story-telling.
This episodic military memoir is certainly chock-full of stirring tales; none more so than the penultimate chapter about the conception, preparation, and execution of the Bin Laden-raid; but the author, while glorying in the triumphs, is far less sanguine when it comes to failures that are mentioned only in passing and lacking any detail.
Memoirs have become a part of laying the groundwork for a political career Obama did it quite well so be not surprised if McRaven runs for high-elective office in the future. All the more reason to accentuate the positive.
Jul 01, Don Kent rated it liked it. This book is an interesting read , but I think the reader has to ex-Navy or active duty Navy to really enjoy what t he aut hor relates. Seemingly, like most autobiographical books, it is a bit self agrandizing. I've enjoyed what I've read about his statements at commencement speeches, etc.
And, I'm glad I did. I learned a lot about how special operations work within the US Government, and also got a feel for the amount of planning that goes into each operation. As a former skydiver, I was appalled by the mistakes he made in his skydiving accident, but it did make me think about how fallible we all are, even especially?
I remember my uncle saying that he never felt bad dropping bombs in Vietnam because they were shooting right back at him, but it just seems wrong to me that we can get so "us vs them" in our thinking that death is the best solution. Jul 06, Mary Lou rated it it was amazing. These were stories that most Americans followed in the news. His extraordinary rigor and commitment to keeping America safe reads like a thriller spy novel yet always interlaced with his rational for why people become Navy Seals or their equivalent.