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That Others May Live: The True Story of the PJ's, America's Most Daring Rescue Force Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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"An exciting book, a real page turner."
--Tracy Kidder, author of Hometown and The Soul of a New Machine
"That Others May Live is not just a great adventure story. Reading about the exploits of the military's elite pararescue jumpers, our homegrown guardian angels, you can feel deeply the ache of decency, patriotism, service, and honor--the profound desire to make the world better that so defines and shapes the American mythology of altruism."
--Bob Shacochis, author of The Immaculate Invasion
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
Read by Barry Nolan
Three cassettes, Approx. 5 hours
The remarkable true story of the U.S. Military's most elite unit--made famous by their exploits in the bestsellerThe Perfect Storm--as told by a 20-year veteran still on active duty.
They rescue the Green Berets and Navy Seals when they get in trouble. They jump out of airplanes at 25,000 feet, where it's too high to breathe, and at 800 feet, where it's too low to survive unless you're lightening quick on the release. They rescue people 1,000 miles out at sea, or in deserts, or in polar regions. And that's in peacetime, to stay in shape. In wartime, they really go into action.
They are Pararescue Jumpers. PJs for short, a highly selective corps of 300 men serving the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard. That Others May Live is a riveting profile of the PJs, seen through the eyes of Jack Brehm, who has spent 20 years rescuing people in seemingly hopeless peril, serving with fellow PJs who routinely do the same. As startling as a plunge into icy water, as thrilling as a freefall through the night sky, these are stories of the times the PJs beat the odds, the times they didn't, and what it's like to work where the daily grind of your job isn't just an expression; it's a reality.
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Brehm describes for us the risks that PJs take on stormy seas or windy mountain tops. Over the course of his 20-year career, Brehm saved many lives but lost many of his friends in job-related accidents. He was also injured himself on several occasions. The one tour of duty that he wanted most of all to complete his career was a military rescue. The stories can be quite interesting; however, their melodrama is played out to the fullest extent. At times details are blown completely out of proportion, such as when Brehm is faced with the decision between following his PJ mentor to Alaska or applying to be the NCO in charge of his unit when his mentor leaves. This episode is presented as being extremely momentous. Certainly, it was an important time in Brehm's life, but not that remarkable compared with similar decisions that people with more sedentary jobs must make routinely. Other details are similarly exaggerated, and the level of melodrama makes the book read at times as if it were straight out of Reader's Digest. Nevertheless, Brehm's story is very engaging and informative about a branch of the services that many people have never heard of.
However, having read many excellent first person military accounts, I am disappointed in this book. It could have been so much more. Perhaps something got lost in the audio version. If you are looking for gripping, detailed and action packed adventures, I would suggest that you read the excellent books by Andy McNab, Cameron Spence, Chris Ryan and Mike Curtis.