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Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations Hardcover – May 21, 2019
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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.
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"Engaging...Sea Stories is more than an autobiography, more than a narrative of recent military history, and more than the sum of one remarkable man's experiences. In his excellently flowing prose...McRaven not only allows readers the opportunity to vicariously experience daring adventures and the command of elite warriors heading into harm's way, he also shares practical everyday wisdom."―Booklist (Starred Review)
"Sea Stories, a well-written book that reads like a thriller, covers some of the most important historical actions taken by Navy SEALs and other special operators."―The Washington Times
"Readers interested in the essential work of military special forces will be inspired by McRaven's adventures."―Kirkus
PRAISE FOR MAKE YOUR BED:
"Should be read by every leader in America... [MAKE YOUR BED] is a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can. It is a book to discuss with your executive leadership team as a spur to meeting shared goals. Most of all, it is a book that will leave you with tears in your eyes."
―Wall Street Journal
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault...McRaven's lessons, like his commencement speech, extend far beyond his bed-making. He devotes the 10-chapter book to lessons about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies and giving others hope."―Washington Post
"McRaven...has taken the genesis of what he learned during SEAL training and his nearly four decades in Navy Special Operations into a thin, powerful book."―USA Today
"Exquisitely simple...superb, smart, and succinct."―Forbes
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (May 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538729741
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538729748
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a lot of Seal memoirs out there but most are from a tactical operative perspective, with the exception of books by Richard Marcinko and Robert Gormley, who can share leadership thoughts from the officer's eyes. It's interesting to get the views from another officer, and one that would go on to high levels of special forces command. McRaven gives you a peek at the politics behind the operations we read about in the headlines and how important relationships are in the world of flag officers. It's certainly illuminating to reflect on the Bin Laden operation from a administrator's and decision maker's position after reading No Easy Day, or watching Zero Dark Thirty.
The book is diplomatically bipartisan. Raven's commitment to America and staunch patriotism will be comforting to conservatives but the jingoism is balanced by recognition that violence is the last resort. McRaven also has several good things to say about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and respected them as leaders during his time working with them. He probably also didn't want to die suddenly and mysteriously, but that's fodder for a different book and probably a different author.
This is a book for many audiences. It's heartening to hear McRaven praise the oft maligned millennials. He's quite impressed with those of that generation that have served and is hopeful they will do good things for the county and humanity.
I didn't know exactly what to expect with this book but I greatly enjoyed it. Perhaps one of the main critcisms I have is that a guy that's seen as much as McRaven has certainly has many more stories to tell. But likely much of it remains to be declassified. The next book is going to be even better.
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There are photos at the end of the book for each chapter that adds a little more to the telling.
You can also get the audio read by the author. He is no trained narrator but having him read his own story adds something to each of the tales he relates.
You might like to go on to "Make your bed", his ten life lessons from his time in the SEALs.