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Finally, a former SEAL who doesn't come off as obnoxious.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 3, 2022
I really enjoyed this book and put a ton of (digital) highlights all over it. The author, a former SEAL of many years, has a tone that is respectful and mature. He tells his experiences straight, without all the usual chest-pounding, ego-inflating b.s. you usually get from special operators. (I know the job generally attracts a particular 'type' but that nonsense gets real old, real fast when you're a mature adult instead of a hormone-laden young adult.) The missions, and the details provided, were fascinating to read. He explains BUD/S, what it's like in the field, and went more in depth about a couple of very famous, and infamous, missions and never once blows his own horn about his roles in them. He simply acknowledges what he did and why, and he elevates, not only his teammates, but also other personnel who helped fulfill the missions. His voice sounded seasoned and authentic to me, and I found this a far more enjoyable read than "The Last Punisher." Especially shocking to me was the author's apparent attitude towards women in the military. As someone who served, back when it was still not common for women to do so, I have to say that the military desperately needs more guys like Robert O'Neill, who can see their sisters in service as worthy participants rather than targets for sexual harassment or disparagement, like referring to them as "chicks." (I'm giving you the side-eye, "The Last Punisher" Lacz.) I look forward to reading this book again in the not-too-distant future when I want a refresher on what mature, measured leadership looks like.