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Get It On!: What It Means to Lead the Way Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2011
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"I was writing a letter home to my mom when the call rang out across the American compound: 'Get it on!' And just like that, the course of my life changed forever.”
Decorated U.S. military veteran-turned-country music star Keni Thomas gives a personal account of his heart-wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of leadership lessons and inspired view of life’s greater purpose.
Get It On! reminds readers “that we, as individuals, do indeed matter, that we are anything but ordinary, fully capable of carrying out life-changing assignments at any level and in any situation. We can make a difference in this world.”
Today, Keni carries a guitar instead of a rifle and has shared his stories from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to overseas concerts for active soldiers, always passionate about the battle that “still shapes my thoughts on a daily basis.” Here, he writes to encourage the absolute best in those who are willing to answer whatever call God places on their lives.
Keni Thomas was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge from the United States Army and fought the “Black Hawk Down” battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. He has since become an award-winning country musician and is the spokesperson for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the “Hero Fund.” Inspired by Isaiah 6:8 (“Here am I; send me”), Keni also speaks to students and adults around the country about leadership, encouraging them to “Train as you fight. Fight as you train.”
From the Back Cover
- Lt Col Oliver L. North USMC (retired)
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This book is not simply a chronology of that fierce battle; it is an uncanny view of combat as seen through the eyes of a soldier who lived it ... lived through it ... and is now living above and beyond it.
Ranger Thomas' writing voice is melodious. His narrative is smooth and flowing, resonating with personality, truth, insight, and humor. Thomas has a gift for storytelling that manages to entertain as well as educate the reader on the very sobering subject of war. He is able to achieve that by exposing a side of soldiers that very few civilians will ever see, the unexpected side that can find levity in the direst of circumstances, and the endearing side that teases and nicknames their comrades.
As evidenced in this 222-page book, the camaraderie of soldiers is as sacred as any religion. Their bond is a selfless, sacrificial love that runs so deep that the life of the soldier standing to one's right or left becomes more important than self. To quote Ranger Thomas, "Men will fight for a cause. But they will die for each other."
Get It On is unique when compared to other "war stories" in that it has much more to do with life than it does with death. It has to do with living life to its fullest. Ranger Thomas' words of encouragement and wisdom are applicable whether the reader is a career soldier, or has never donned a uniform. This work will appeal to people from all walks and stages of life.
Readers who love Soldiers, Country, or God will find what they are looking for in this book ... pride, hope, and inspiration. For the reader who does not love Soldiers, Country, or God ... this book has the potential to change that.
Get It On comes with my highest recommendation.
Claudia Pemberton, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
This review is from Get it On! What it means to Lead the Way. (Hardcover)
Review by: 1SG Joey "Brasso" Welsh USA (Ret)
"GET IT ON" is a very well written overview of what several men went through during the battle of Mogadishu in October, 1993. Since the Task Force had people from the best units in the Army, Navy and Air Force working together it was hard to imagine something like this could happen, but in combat anything can happen. And it winded up split up into several groups, after the battle began. It was these small groups that fought the thousands of crazed Somalia's. What makes it really good is the author weaves the story in such a way that a combat vet like myself gets a different perception of it rather than just the shoot and kill or be killed we are all tired of reading.
In doing so he forces you (in a good way) to look at a situation as a civilian in any job or position and how he relates those experiences from combat into applying the decisions and approaches to everyday problems is extraordinary.
At the same time it's real enough to have you start smelling and tasting the battlefield, therefore, it must make someone who has never been in combat sit on the edge of their seat sometimes, since you just never know how he was going to come at you. I liked that. I have been in very similar situations but I was with 4 or 5 other men in the middle of the jungle, and if you got caught in the enemy's back yard, you had to be dam good to get out! You depended on the man on your right and left in order to survive and the reason we survived was TRAINING, GOOD TRAINING and a lot of it.
The soldiers on this mission were "The best of the best" and had it been any other unit I'm certain the outcome would have been ten times as bad, without a doubt. The author really pulls you into certain characters as if to say "remember this guy" because later on he will do amazing things and sometimes super human feats occur in the heat of battle by normal human beings, however, as the author kids about how they (and I know this is true) are not normal, they are different because they chose the hardest job the Army has and it's all volunteers. Most people would or could never imagine doing that and therefore they are looked upon as anything from super heroes to demented killers, and that feeds them.......so their always ready to "GET IT ON"! RLTW