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"Engaging...Sea Stories is more than an autobiography, more than a narrative of recent military history, and more than the sum of one remarkable man's experiences. In his excellently flowing prose...McRaven not only allows readers the opportunity to vicariously experience daring adventures and the command of elite warriors heading into harm's way, he also shares practical everyday wisdom."―Booklist (Starred Review)
"Sea Stories, a well-written book that reads like a thriller, covers some of the most important historical actions taken by Navy SEALs and other special operators."―The Washington Times
"Readers interested in the essential work of military special forces will be inspired by McRaven's adventures."―Kirkus
PRAISE FOR MAKE YOUR BED:
"Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault...McRaven's lessons, like his commencement speech, extend far beyond his bed-making. He devotes the 10-chapter book to lessons about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies and giving others hope."―Washington Post
"McRaven...has taken the genesis of what he learned during SEAL training and his nearly four decades in Navy Special Operations into a thin, powerful book."―USA Today
"Exquisitely simple...superb, smart, and succinct."―Forbes
"Spellbinding."―Texas Monthly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- File Size : 62032 KB
- Publication Date : May 21, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 353 pages
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (May 21, 2019)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07HM8HQQ6
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,860 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I served in the Navy from 1970 to 1980. In 1972 my gunboat went on special ops in and around Cuba. Of course, as a cook aboard the gunboat, I was not privy to much of what we were doing, except that it was prompted by actions taken under the leadership of Fidel Castro in an illegal action against reputed freedom fighters seeking to overthrow Castro’s regime. At times, we worked with members of the Navy Seals.
The only thing I recall in my conversations with one of the Seals is that he didn’t appear any different from you or me. I state this with all respect. He just seemed to be like anybody else, except, there was no evidence of his being out of shape. Mind you, I am certain he was skilled in fighting and so forth. But, he never acted or appeared as such. To his credit.
My point is, when I found William H. McRaven’s book, “Sea Stories,” available on Amazon Kindle, I snapped it up, as well as the Audible edition.
If I had been the editor or publisher, I might have advised McRaven to devote a few less pages to his touching tribute to his father and to his youth. Then again, though, these pages were interesting and inspirational, so I don’t want to come across as critical. Besides, his tribute to a coach resonates with me, almost as well as it did to McRaven.
Aside from that, the book is an excellent reminder of the courage and determination, and even, often, of the cost these great folks pay to help keep our country safe and secure. Read on to learn more, if you wish, or simply buy the book and treat yourself to great inspirational tales that even, occasional, evince some humor.
Sometimes that humor helps, because it follows events that came when some special operations didn’t quite go as planned.
BLUSH FACTOR: If rough language offends you, be forewarned. However, in this book, I WOULD recommend reading it to everybody you know. Bleep out the eff-words if you wish, but even children, in my humble opinion, should have an honest understanding of warfare and the war against terrorism. I know that I, myself, would have appreciated a more honest understanding before I enlisted. I was more like that guy born on the fourth of July – Ron Kovic.
WRITING & EDITING: This is much more than a memoir, even if it is very much just that. It touches all of the emotions. The editing is first-rate.
I initially wanted to rate it four stars but, in considering all of my emotions while reading, and listening to Mcraven narrate his own words, I can only rate this five stars out of five. I thak him for his service and for his reminder of what it means to be a member of the greatest generation – which is not reserved merely for WWII vets. It includes anybody going through the sacrifice and courage that he bears witness to.
While reading this book, the quote from Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", was in my head the whole time, and luckily for the world William McRaven is one of those good men who did something, and is filled with stories of other good men and women who did something. The stories filling these pages are amazing and McRaven is a brilliant story-teller, while there are also life lessons in each of these stories. A very interesting part of this book is the behind-the-scenes look at the control of Special Operations Forces throughout the world and the sheer scale of it. I personally think that the United States is lucky to have such highly trained and motivated armed forces to safeguard it's future and seeing in the media how they are sometimes condemned by their own public is shocking to me, these brave men and women should each be heralded as a hero, because that is what they are, because believe me, it is not nice living in a country where your armed forces can barely defend themselves, let alone the people who depend on them.
A must have for personal reading and gift giving.
This book is awe inspiring. I have "stolen" some of the sayings that the author has shared. This book will truly touch the heart of every American, and you cannot read it without taking something away from it.
I already purchased his other book, and I know for certain that it will have the same effect on me as this one did.
I don't know if Admiral McRaven will read the reviews from his books, but just in case,
Thank You Sir for your extraordinary service to me. I am proud to be an American.
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There are photos at the end of the book for each chapter that adds a little more to the telling.
You can also get the audio read by the author. He is no trained narrator but having him read his own story adds something to each of the tales he relates.
You might like to go on to "Make your bed", his ten life lessons from his time in the SEALs.