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Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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Pfarrer's excellent writing aside, I was struck by his tone: he neither romanticizes his military experience nor disdains it. He is as honest about it as one can be when writing about missions which were, at one point, classified. Instead of the gung ho, Rambo figures were are usually presented with when dealing with special forces soldiers, he shows us a group of highly dedicated, highly trained men who are willing to do some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. What comes though is their humanity and, for me, the most interesting thing about the book was the way in which the SEALs dealt with the unimaginable stresses under which they operate. The secrecy and tight bonding required for their job becomes, in many ways, their own worst enemy, as they are forced to live in a world apart from the rest of the military and far, far removed from any civilian life. No coming home and blowing off some steam with your wife or friends, if you have been able to hang onto them.
Pfarrer reached the pinnacle of then-current U.S. Special Forces (SEAL Team 6) and left the Navy, worn down, I think, by the intense emotional pressure of the job. I was left with a sense of awe at what these men are capable of, and compassion for the wounds they received, both physical and emotional.
But Warrior Soul goes much further beyond being a mere military autobiography. Chuck has laid his soul bare on the pages. I can't begin to think of another military autobiography (or any autobiography) which has come even close in terms of often merciless self-examination. (God knows I wouldn't have the guts to tread there!) This book tells it all, and I can't avoid a cliche here: the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book will move you, and you will not forget the story it tells of the Teams, and you will not forget Chuck Pfarrer the man.
But now I want to tell readers something which Chuck didn't (and couldn't) tell in his own story without sounding self-serving. In the Teams, Chuck was a 250 watt bulb that stood out among a very bright group of guys. He was literally the life of the party where ever he went. He told the funniest jokes, made up the best drinking and running songs, drew the most amazing frogman cartoons. He got everybody stoked, all the time!
Here is one example referenced in the book. The teeth drawn on his platoon's Seafox in Beirut? That was all Chuck.Read more ›
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Proud to have my Green Brothers Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul on my book shelf! It is real deal how it is. Well written no BS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JOHN CARL ROAT
Excellent, engaging read. Perhaps the most cerebral of the almost always cerebral memoirs of SEALs. And, of course, full of SEAL action and humor.Published 1 month ago by Ron Harris
Great book! Chuck Pfarrer gives us us a feel for what war is really like. Also Beirut from his view & he was there! I am in awe of Navy Seals!Published 3 months ago by PJ Keefer
Well written, interesting story that is very well told. Honest & compelling. Refreshing to see a " human" element exposed in these highly trained warriorsPublished 4 months ago by walker
A great read for any Seal fan. Mr. Farrier takes you inside the world of The Teams and allows his emotions to be known. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Butcher
I don't know where to begin. It's insider info on the life of a SEAL and what their life is really like and adjusting to life outside the teams. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JK