My Life in Special Operations
Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of bravery and heroism during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.
Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.
Sea Stories begins in 1963 at a French Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II-the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.
Action-packed, humorous, and full of valuable life lessons like those exemplified in McRaven's bestselling Make Your Bed, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders.
McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, follows his self-help guide, Make Your Bed, in which he shared principles for success learned during his more than 30 years as a Navy SEAL, with this collection of fascinating stories from his time as commander of the Special Operations Forces. In the book's first half, McRaven describes his early life and his SEAL training and experiences, including a gripping account of his time as part of Operation Desert Shield during the first Gulf War in 1990, when he was tasked with intercepting an Iraqi tanker. Here, McRaven focuses on how the SEAL experience "builds unbreakable bonds among your fellow warriors." The book's second half shows how these bonds are tested when he becomes a SEAL team commanding officer and then later the commander of the Special Operations Task Force, directing the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates and the capture of Saddam Hussein. But the highlight of the book is McRaven's detailed account of the successful mission to track Osama bin Laden (in order to confirm that it was actually bin Laden they killed, McRaven had a SEAL lie down next to the 6'4" corpse to measure his size). McRaven's war stories deliver remarkable insight into the life of a wartime leader.
An Excellent Read
If you enjoy learning about the military you will surely enjoy this book. McRaven is truly a one of a kind who has been through some incredible experiences. Not many can say they are a part of so many historical events. Beyond that, his insights and perspectives are both inspiring and poignant. A true American hero and legend. Thank you.
Another book on being a SEAL
It appears every SEAL, who has seen action, feel or is compelled to write a book on being a SEAL. There are several books on SEAL activities and while the Country can be grateful for their service it would be better if the SEAL authors did not flood us with copies of their exploits and go back in the shadows where they belong.
Very good read, the Admiral should keep writing many good books like this. Thank you.
Read the book while going thru radiation. Found it to be very up lifting.
Thank you for all the good you accomplished in the Navy. Hope you continue to write very good books like this.