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American Badass: The true story of a modern day Spartan Paperback – June 28, 2013
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From the Author
I wrote this book on the urging of many friends and associates. In fact, I made my decision to write the book in September 2012 while I was on the set of Stars Earns Stripes, speaking with Chris Kyle, the author of American Sniper. As we discussed his book, he looked at me and said to everyone nearby--"I am waiting to read your book, Dale." It was at that point I decided it was time to write.
I didn't want the book to just be about my combat experiences and me. I wanted to reach out to our young men, young women, fathers, and mothers and tell them a story about successful parenting and what I think it means to succeed on personal merit, hard work, and sacrifice. I decided to use my life experiences as the medium to mentor. I find myself in a country where traditional values are being replaced by a prevailing and metastasizing sense of entitlement, where hard work and personal excellence are no longer the cornerstones for success, where young men and boys have become apathetic and their heroes are virtual characters in video games, where street football is played out on a couch in front of a wide screen TV whilst many look to their left and right and see their fathers, who should be their mentors, life coaches, and leaders, lying on the couch, overweight, or feet propped up in a recliner, beckoning the wife to fetch another beer and bag of chips!
American Badass is a story inspired by my journey from boyhood to manhood, from innocence to a world of extreme violence, from a paltry and humble existence to a life enriched through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and the love of family. It is the story of the road less traveled--of failure and success by a Delta Force operator, a Green Beret, a husband, a father, and...an American.
From the Back Cover
"It was George Orwell who stated, "People sleep peacefully at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on her behalf." That quote from Orwell adequately describes a true American warrior, Dale Comstock. Dale's book American Badass chronicles the story of a man who has dedicated his entire life to the defense of our freedoms, liberty, and way of life. Dale is truly an exceptional soldier. He is possibly the youngest ever to qualify for the Special Forces Operations Detachment Delta, the premier US counter- terrorism unit. However, it is not just his military accomplishments, but his drive for excellence in every aspect of his life, that put him a cut above the rest. Dale Comstock represents the legacy and lineage of service to America, from his dad who served in Vietnam to his son who now serves. American Badass is the story of something rare--a modern day Spartan."
−Allen B. West, former US representative, Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, retired)
"The first time I ever met Dale Comstock, I had to fight him. Fortunately, it was for a film sequence, but it was obvious that I was trading blows with the real deal, an authentic warrior, a true badass. I've fought a ton of guys onscreen... stunt guys... ex-military... MMA fighters... but my fight with Dale was by far the most nervous I've ever been. It was like fighting a tree... a scary, killer oak. Even then, it wasn't until I read this book that I came to understand what a genuine AMERICAN BADASS Dale really is. From his patriotic service as Delta Force operator to his commitment as a husband and father, Dale's incredible story represents the very best of what it means to be an American... and a man."
− Christian Kane, actor, singer/songwriter
"Comstock does an exceptional job revealing the true person he is--cocky, arrogant, fearless, yet caring, humble, loyal, and, most of all, loving. He demonstrates through his writing that he truly is America's warrior--well rounded, tough, and committed to seeing the mission completed, whether it be in combat or on a Hollywood set. In his book Dale makes himself out to be an American Badass, but with good reason--he is one.
"Dale is a highly trained government operator who served in Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, along with other unique hot-spots around the globe. Throughout Dale's book, he does something very few have ever done. Sure, he explains what life was like growing up, what life was like making it through the Delta and Special Forces selections, but none of that is what makes Dale's book so brilliant--through his book, Dale made me want to get back into the fight and strive to be a better husband, writer, daddy, and person.
"If I had all the money in the world, I would give a copy ofAmerican Badass to every expecting father, every gangbanger, and surely every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine. American Badass is a must read!"
− Kerry Patton, a combat-disabled veteran, is author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors
"When Dale Comstock entered the ranks of Delta Force he was told, "Run the situation, don't let the situation run you." In American Badass, odds- beater Comstock always runs the edges--hair-on-fire and full-throttle--into some of the most unforgiving and jacked-up places in the world. If the US Constitution had a 28th Amendment it would read: If diplomacy fails and war is inevitable, declare it quick, and send Comstock!"
− Dalton Fury, former Delta Force operator and two-time New York Times bestselling author
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Top Customer Reviews
Comstock goes right from the 82nd to Delta Force. This is akin to a 15 year old pitching in a pony league all star game and then a year later shutting out the Yankee's in the 7th game of the World Series. This just does not happen and I'm not sure if any other human being has ever done this in the history of the military. Comstock is really humble and he does not play this angle up at all. This really is what makes him such an endearing lovable rogue. More importantly though is the obvious love and dedication that is always on display towards his colleagues and family.
After reading this you are left with being a little depressed. Well at least most of us average human beings are because Comstock make you realize that most of us do not live up to our potential and we certainly don't rise to his level of commitment and near perfection. This book left me wanting two things. I'd like to sit down and have a few cocktails with Dale and hear more. And I would like to shake his hand and simply say thanks for all you have done for all of us.
If you have been looking for a book about a real American hero don't look in the sports section. Just order this from Amazon and give it to that 16 or 17 year old kid who needs that little push.
Buy this book, read it, digest it....and repeat. You'll be glad you did!
The entirety of the book focuses on his love and brute honesty of country and the army and his family. Dale's book even of your a chronic NON READER is simply put
"a cant put down read"! I took it with me on the job as a commercial driver and in between stop lights I couldn't stop reading this infectious book of Dales. Dale simply puts into perspective the state of families that let rampant game playing and laziness that infectiously plagues this nation and world of ours into brutal, honest, butt kicking, reality. If more american families got off the couch and taught their kids right from wrong and taught them its ok to go outside and play cowboys and indians and cops and robbers or army this country would be in a much better state of mind. To be honest being from Washington State I was super pumped up he was born right here in Fort Lewis, WASHINGTON. Albeite it might not be a part of his life he cared to elaborate on as much as I wanted him to.
The book exemplifies the die hard never quit experience he brought his children up on and taught them life has consequences and it is a trait that this book so exemplifies and wish it could be mandatory reading in ALL schools.
OH YEAH ALL THE HEROIC STORIES THEIR AWESOME TOO. Dale speaks in my tongue, in everyman speak, so you will never get bored or loose interest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real world hero that has lead a fascinating life. I'd like to have a beer wth him (I'd buy). However, the book was poorly written and the time line was very confusing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ed Stock
Just wasnt written well. The content is alright for what it is, just, not top notch editing or something.Published 1 month ago by Scott Hayes
Initially I bought this due to the author's background but was surprised to find Dale Comstock to be extremely engaging as a motivational writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny Long
Dale gives good insight into what it takes to preserve our freedoms, and what those that do go through.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Dale is a true Patriotic American Hero! His accomplishments will inspire any man to strive to be more than he was before reading it, bringing you to the realization that anything... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy Basden
I was skeptical to read a book with the title "Badass" in it, but as I read the first opening and the humility of Dale sets in, you will like this book even more as you turn the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Moore III
Tells a good story of himself in his experiences Couldn't help but feel though on a negative
aspect of using the opportunity to let readers know how badass he is for some... Read more
Awesome book! A must read for all military personnel as well as people who want to better themselves in life.Published 3 months ago by Ron