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William J. Perry, 19th Secretary of Defense
"Front Burner is a personal story of loss, and pain - but it is also a story of courage, determination, respect, honor, and integrity that each and every man and woman on the USS Cole demonstrated that day, on September 11, 2001 and indeed today. This book and the story of the men and women that it recounts is an inspiration.”
Compelling and poignant [Lippold] ends his main narrative on a high note, writing, The crew of USS Cole saved their ship and their shipmates. All of them are my heroes.’ Reading this book or passing the somber Cole memorial at Norfolk Naval Station, one can feel only that they are our heroes as well.”
"Front Burner" is an important work of military history and stands as an essential recounting of a critical moment in America's battle against Al Qaeda.”
An earnestly told tale of bravery and determination. It provides gripping detail about the Cole attackmuch of it not previously revealedas well as its grisly aftermath It opens a pre-9/11 window into the government's failure to share intelligence with those most in need of it. Lippold saves his most generous words for his crew's magnificent performance in casualty assistance and damage control during the days following the attack, when the flooding of two of the ship's engine rooms threatened to sink it. His pride in the crew's performance is palpable.”
Commander Kirk Lippold was the commanding officer of the USS Cole during Al Qaeda's attack in October 2000. Lippold's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon, among others. He retired from the Navy in 2007 and remains active in current events and national security affairs. He lives in Carson City, Nevada.
As a part of the crew of USS Cole, Commander Lippold will always be MY Captain!
There were some similar experiences, but what I read was about the clear mind and the clear judgement the captain must have to make decisions "under fire".
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Excellent story, I have met the author in person also. This book should be read by all. The attack on the U.S.S. Cole"plays an important part, leading to events of9/11/2001.Published 2 months ago by Edmund Squire Edmund Squire
This is the book that predates what we live now. Kirk, in this book, shows what it means to be a leader not just when times are good but also when all is turning to hell and people... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Goodwin
very intense day in the life of the Sailors stationed on the USS Cole DDG67. very intense, very intriguing, I do recommend this book because it is a day in American History.Published 4 months ago by Saundra K. Flanagan
Just met Commander Lippold at a seminar a few hours ago and had him sign it. He told us what he experienced and had more pictures than in the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Diaz
One Senator's demand for a head killed a Commander's career advancement chances. This book details a ship's Captain and crews fight to save their ship after an act of war for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by George E. Geders
Excellent book. This crew saved the ship against the odds. The C.O. and crew will always be Hero's to those of us that served, and risked everything.Published 6 months ago by G. A.
This is an amazing book. Written in a manner that all can understand what happened. I highly recommend that people order and read this book.Published 7 months ago by Pat. Danielson
Written by the man who singlehandedly saw the attack of the USS Cole from a completely different perspective than any other, Front Burner is a fantastic book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BlacKnight28