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Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and phy Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range. During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived. Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.


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Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and phy Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range. During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived. Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.

30 review for The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kratochwill

    This was a good book for an military outsider to read. As a military insider, I found that Jason Redman did not drill down too deep into the details of the particulars of his training and education as a Navy SEAL, but he presented enough detail that you were not wondering what he left out in his book. Most of the SEALs I knew and know are like what Jason became after he made a serious tactical error during a mission in Afghanistan. In the military, and certainly in the SEAL community, you had to This was a good book for an military outsider to read. As a military insider, I found that Jason Redman did not drill down too deep into the details of the particulars of his training and education as a Navy SEAL, but he presented enough detail that you were not wondering what he left out in his book. Most of the SEALs I knew and know are like what Jason became after he made a serious tactical error during a mission in Afghanistan. In the military, and certainly in the SEAL community, you had to trust the people with whom you served as you never knew when your life would depend upon them. Jason made a judgment error that could have cost people on his team their lives, but thankfully, nobody died because of his mistake. Jason then rethought about everything he did and how he reacted to things, and changed his performance and attitude. Sometimes, it is difficult for an enlisted person to make the transition to a commissioned officer, and I think that Jason had a difficult time in his transition. It was not until he realized the skills and abilities of the people around him did he find what it meant to be a leader, as well as to know when it is time to lead and when it is time to follow. I would give this book 4.5 stars. It is a great read for anyone in a position of leadership in the military, as well as anyone who wants to lead in the civilian sector.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Noah W

    My favorite military and leadership book of the year. Military Element: Redman and Bruning capture the adrenaline of the moment while retaining critical details that keep the reader engaged. This book also did not spend half the book recounting BUD/s & Hell Week like most Navy SEAL memoirs; although I believe Redman's perspective would have been extremely insightful. Leadership Element(Spoilers): This side of the story is what makes this book stand above the rest. The book tracks Redman's career fr My favorite military and leadership book of the year. Military Element: Redman and Bruning capture the adrenaline of the moment while retaining critical details that keep the reader engaged. This book also did not spend half the book recounting BUD/s & Hell Week like most Navy SEAL memoirs; although I believe Redman's perspective would have been extremely insightful. Leadership Element(Spoilers): This side of the story is what makes this book stand above the rest. The book tracks Redman's career from a young man who joins the SEALs for the "cool factor," experiences a quiet 1990's career, becomes an officer, makes some bad decisions in Afghanistan, sent to Ranger School for "leadership development," deploys to Iraq under a black cloud, is significantly wounded during an operation, and his road to recovery. Redman had a reputation for being solid 95% of the time, however, he would make excessively impulsive, dangerous, and arrogant choices in the other 5%. Most of the book covers his forging, failure, and reforging. You get to follow along as he blows it and painfully works to become teachable and responsible. While there are several victory stories, most of the vignettes highlight his leadership failures. The humility and honesty articulated by Redman is rare for this level of operator. This book is the opposite of "American Sniper" by the late Chris Kyle. Jason Redman closes the book with a summary on leadership which would be hard to beat, so here it is: OVERCOME There is nothing in life that cannot be overcome if you're genuinely willing to try and never quiet. LIVE GREATLY Lift up those around you, always give back, climb a mountain, jump from a perfectly good airplane, and never pass up life's opportunities. LOVE DEEPLY In the end the only thing you will have left are the relationships you forged and sustained in life. STAY HUMBLE Pride has destroyed more men than all wars combined. LEAD ALWAYS True leaders lead at all times regardless of the situation they are in and who's watching. If you follow these principles, when your hour is called, your can go, knowing you had... NO REGRETS

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    This book was awesome and really hit home with me. It's not your typical Navy SEAL, train hard, learn a bunch of stuff, then do amazing things for our country. It's truly one man's journey to becoming a true leader and the amazing and hard lessons he learned along the way. He initially wants to become a Navy SEAL because of the cool guy factor. I think many are drawn to this aspect of the Navy SEALs. It's tough training and he's a small (skinny) guy, but he guts it out and makes it. He eventuall This book was awesome and really hit home with me. It's not your typical Navy SEAL, train hard, learn a bunch of stuff, then do amazing things for our country. It's truly one man's journey to becoming a true leader and the amazing and hard lessons he learned along the way. He initially wants to become a Navy SEAL because of the cool guy factor. I think many are drawn to this aspect of the Navy SEALs. It's tough training and he's a small (skinny) guy, but he guts it out and makes it. He eventually goes from an enlisted member to an officer. He ends up getting stuck in the pride cycle and thinks he's amazing and people need to follow him due to his great resume and position of leadership. He's in a situation, where a poor (prideful) decision he makes causes big problems. It's a career breaking decision. He's given a second chance to make things right, but his pride almost dooms him a second time. His amazing wife supports him and a good mentor helps him make the right decision to get his career back on track, although it's not an easy road to follow. He learns humility and its role in leadership. Through diligence, determination, and continually making good decisions, he regains the trust of his men. He becomes a true hero that his men will follow into harm's way. He gets injured (which miraculously doesn't kill him) and has to deal with a gruesome recovery. What you have to love is his attitude and mindset regarding his long road to recovery. He posts the following sign on his door: ATTENTION TO ALL WHO ENTER HERE: If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20% further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism and intense rapid re-growth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere. FROM: The Management This sign is now hanging up permanently in Walter Reed Hospital. If you liked the book "Unbroken" which is another 5 star book in my opinion, you will enjoy "The Trident". This is the best book I have read this year or last year. Definitely a must read, amazing, incredible story!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book should be on every leader's reading list or for anyone in the military/police/fire services. Lt. Redman details his leadership journey juxtaposed with his military career. Themes of personal development, self-reflection, and emotional maturity are addressed in such a way that the message comes across as an honest conversation the author is having with the reader. Politics aside, the men and women of our services who have been injured in the line of duty all deserve our appreciation. Do This book should be on every leader's reading list or for anyone in the military/police/fire services. Lt. Redman details his leadership journey juxtaposed with his military career. Themes of personal development, self-reflection, and emotional maturity are addressed in such a way that the message comes across as an honest conversation the author is having with the reader. Politics aside, the men and women of our services who have been injured in the line of duty all deserve our appreciation. Don't skip the epilogue as it was a great ending to this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    An impressive story of a man and what he goes through in terms of personal and professional growth. These are the people we should be thanking for all that we have.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    For all the developed self-awareness, was disappointed Redman never explored why he was deployed to Iraq in the first place. Out of the scope of this book I suppose.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jan Mcclung-short

    An excellent book on the life of a Navy Seal. This book deals with the life and growth of a leader. Being a Seal is hard enough, but learning the leadership role of dealing with all type A personalities is extra hard. The author tells of his journey through all the trials of Seal life. From the very beginning where he is a scranny kid with a dream till he is a leader worried about the brotherhood and leading his team to battle the enemy....whoever they may be. Until he is battling the deamins th An excellent book on the life of a Navy Seal. This book deals with the life and growth of a leader. Being a Seal is hard enough, but learning the leadership role of dealing with all type A personalities is extra hard. The author tells of his journey through all the trials of Seal life. From the very beginning where he is a scranny kid with a dream till he is a leader worried about the brotherhood and leading his team to battle the enemy....whoever they may be. Until he is battling the deamins that live in his head after being wounded in battle. Those demons in his head, after being wounded, and about to lose his arm, having to rebuild his face after he was shot in the face, and feeling that he's nothing without being able to rejoin the team.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    There are many books out there that provide a first person narrative of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and they are generally quite good. That said, I would say this one might be one of the best I have read in a while. Not only is this a narrative of Jay's time in the war but it goes farther into his struggles as a leader in the SEALs, his work to earn back his comrade's trust and then his recovery through the horrific injuries he suffered during a firefight, a week or so before he was to ship There are many books out there that provide a first person narrative of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and they are generally quite good. That said, I would say this one might be one of the best I have read in a while. Not only is this a narrative of Jay's time in the war but it goes farther into his struggles as a leader in the SEALs, his work to earn back his comrade's trust and then his recovery through the horrific injuries he suffered during a firefight, a week or so before he was to ship home. Jay's story is inspiring and a reminder of those who made great sacrifices. A fine book that is different from many others on a SEALs time overseas.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Excellent story. It follows Redman through marital issues, hospitalizations from combat injuries. He shares stories about his hospital experiences, many combat experiences and how all that affected his marriage and his children. He has a co-author who helped him during his recovery and with writing events of his recovery processes. I kept closing the book and couldn't sleep. I HAD to know how this man's story was going to end before I could get him out of my mind. It's sentimental, its sections of Excellent story. It follows Redman through marital issues, hospitalizations from combat injuries. He shares stories about his hospital experiences, many combat experiences and how all that affected his marriage and his children. He has a co-author who helped him during his recovery and with writing events of his recovery processes. I kept closing the book and couldn't sleep. I HAD to know how this man's story was going to end before I could get him out of my mind. It's sentimental, its sections of his flashbacks, his insecurities about his future were all serious problems troubling him while he tired to recover and adjust to prosethics.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Redman's mistakes in leadership while in the SEAL teams are not uncommon from those made by many other people in this world. While I would never suggest that the consequences of those choices are always of the same magnitude as those faced by operators on specialized teams like the SEALS, he's not alone. I applaud his ability to be introspective in this book, as it takes a great man to admit his faults, but even an even greater man to do something about them. The fact that he is willing to share Redman's mistakes in leadership while in the SEAL teams are not uncommon from those made by many other people in this world. While I would never suggest that the consequences of those choices are always of the same magnitude as those faced by operators on specialized teams like the SEALS, he's not alone. I applaud his ability to be introspective in this book, as it takes a great man to admit his faults, but even an even greater man to do something about them. The fact that he is willing to share them so others can learn from them speaks volumes of Redman's character. This book is a good balance between a look inside the SEALs and one man's strength and will to overcome.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    Amazing! Great story. I actually read this book during one of the darkest periods of my life. It was one of the best things I could have done. To read his story is to feel like you were beside him as he overcame again and again. This book helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and has helped me have a positive attitude ever since. Want a great story, read this book. Want to overcome the blues or self pity, read this book. Want to know that there are still American's who have the courage, dev Amazing! Great story. I actually read this book during one of the darkest periods of my life. It was one of the best things I could have done. To read his story is to feel like you were beside him as he overcame again and again. This book helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and has helped me have a positive attitude ever since. Want a great story, read this book. Want to overcome the blues or self pity, read this book. Want to know that there are still American's who have the courage, devotion, and love of country over self that the "greatest generation" had, read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike Eakins

    I normally don't get down with reads like this, but I just picked it up one day while at sea and just could not put it down. The way LT Redman describes his tours overseas, from enlisted to commission, internal struggles with being in the military and the demons that go along with this way of life is life in its purest form. You don't have to be in the military to appreciate the book. If you want a great life adventure and something to help you put life in perspective, I suggest giving the book I normally don't get down with reads like this, but I just picked it up one day while at sea and just could not put it down. The way LT Redman describes his tours overseas, from enlisted to commission, internal struggles with being in the military and the demons that go along with this way of life is life in its purest form. You don't have to be in the military to appreciate the book. If you want a great life adventure and something to help you put life in perspective, I suggest giving the book "a go". A great read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    Very well written book about a hard transition from enlisted to commissioned navy seal officer and eventual life transforming physical sacrifice in the name of a war not easily acknowledged at home. Brave story of learning from one's errors and learning the quality of humility. To some it comes naturally, to others, like Redman, it needs to be acquired, forged and reforged. On another note, his love story with Erica, as told throughout the book, is an inspiration in itself. Unconditional love is Very well written book about a hard transition from enlisted to commissioned navy seal officer and eventual life transforming physical sacrifice in the name of a war not easily acknowledged at home. Brave story of learning from one's errors and learning the quality of humility. To some it comes naturally, to others, like Redman, it needs to be acquired, forged and reforged. On another note, his love story with Erica, as told throughout the book, is an inspiration in itself. Unconditional love is rarely found. James and Erica have something very special. Very heartwarming. Great book

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    Navy SEAL Jason Redman uses his experience in the SEALs to show how servant leadership is the only truly effective long term way to lead. His story of toughness in battle and recovery from injury is inspiring. It's a page turner.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Why This Book: I had heard several years ago that this was a well-done personal story by a SEAL – which included a lot of humility – not often found in books SEALs write about themselves. I lead a volunteer reading group for young men in the SEAL Basic Training Command’s Pre Training, Recovery and Rehabilitation (PTRR) phase, who are preparing to begin and go thru SEAL training. We selected this book based on its reputation – I hadn’t read it yet – so that was enough motivation to finally get to Why This Book: I had heard several years ago that this was a well-done personal story by a SEAL – which included a lot of humility – not often found in books SEALs write about themselves. I lead a volunteer reading group for young men in the SEAL Basic Training Command’s Pre Training, Recovery and Rehabilitation (PTRR) phase, who are preparing to begin and go thru SEAL training. We selected this book based on its reputation – I hadn’t read it yet – so that was enough motivation to finally get to it! Summary in 4 Sentences: This is Jay Redman’s personal story of his journey to become a SEAL veteran, beginning with a brief look at his childhood, his journey to get into the SEAL Teams, his wild-man, undisciplined years as a cocky young SEAL enlisted man and then officer, and then his experiences in combat, both in Afghanistan and Iraq. What makes this book particularly compelling is that he shares how his cockiness and arrogance, and his lack of self-awareness cost him his reputation with his team mates, and nearly got him kicked out of the SEAL Teams. He writes painfully and openly about his mistakes, his bad attitude, his long fight to better understand and take responsibility for being ostracized and then finally the long and difficult work it took to repair his reputation and regain the confidence of his SEAL brothers. Jay was then severely wounded in Iraq and the last quarter of the book is about his long and painful recovery, with dozens of surgeries, how he depended on the love and support of his wife and family, and finally how he’s found a new, post-SEAL Team career to continue serving his country. My Impressions: Jay tells his story with candor and humility and it is very well done. People often ask me to recommend a SEAL book for them to read, and The Trident is one of two that I recommend (the other is Fearless by Eric Blehm.) Jay tells the story of being a young man who, to put it gently, was a bit too proud of himself and about what he’d accomplished, a bit too entitled and self-assured. To put it less gently, he was arrogant, cocky, and immature, and was angry, bitter and accusative when things didn’t go his way. But this is a story of redemption. When a pattern of bad behavior and poor decisions cost him the trust of his teammates, and he was about to be kicked out of the SEAL Teams, he was given a second, and then a third chance, and he finally began to accept responsibility – personal responsibility – for the “bad luck,” for the people out to get him, for the opportunities that didn’t come his way. And with that acceptance of responsibility, with patience, hard work, humility, and good judgment, he was able over time to earn back the trust of his teammates. The book begins dramatically with him lying severely wounded on the battlefield in Iraq, the battle raging around him, but with Jay in a daze and realizing that he was about to die. To read the rest of my review, go to: https://bobsbeenreading.wordpress.com...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Wise

    This is Jason Redman's story of his life. He was wounded in Iraq. I say wounded. He was shot twice in the arm and once in the face. That shot destroyed his nose and has required many surgeries to repair the damage. But this is also the story of his life. I'm going to flat-out say that I hated him in the beginning of this book. He was arrogant and didn't take responsibility for anything he did. But, as I learned later. That was the point. Jason learned - the very hard way- how to be a leader. Wha This is Jason Redman's story of his life. He was wounded in Iraq. I say wounded. He was shot twice in the arm and once in the face. That shot destroyed his nose and has required many surgeries to repair the damage. But this is also the story of his life. I'm going to flat-out say that I hated him in the beginning of this book. He was arrogant and didn't take responsibility for anything he did. But, as I learned later. That was the point. Jason learned - the very hard way- how to be a leader. What I loved about this book is that he admits fully and completely that he was arrogant and obnoxious. But he overcame those characteristics before he was wounded. He's honest about how hard his recovery has been and how depressed losing SEAL buddies has been. He founded a non-profit and has made his life after the Navy meaningful. I also loved that he loves his wife. I admire her for her strength, character, and unwavering supports of Jason. This book is also a good reminder that many of us who have not served do not do enough for those who have. We tend to ignore the war because it's been going on so long and it's not every other headline any more. That is wrong. I hope he knows that the vast majority of use, while we may not outwardly say so, appreciate his service and anyone who serves. I listened to the audio book and I really liked the narrator. His voice was calm and commanding. If you are interested in Navy Seals or anything related to Jason, this is a good book to read. I really enjoyed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Cramer-Kelly

    where he was gravely injured. It’s detailed and compelling. I felt like I was there, trying to get to him like his guys were. Then he backtracks and tells us how he got to that point. It wasn’t a smooth journey; in fact, he was nearly ostracised from the SEAL teams due to his arrogance. Jay grappled with his own self-doubts, his faults, and his frustrations, and in this book he lays them all out for the reader. He holds nothing back, honestly admitting his mistakes. It was incredibly insightful. H where he was gravely injured. It’s detailed and compelling. I felt like I was there, trying to get to him like his guys were. Then he backtracks and tells us how he got to that point. It wasn’t a smooth journey; in fact, he was nearly ostracised from the SEAL teams due to his arrogance. Jay grappled with his own self-doubts, his faults, and his frustrations, and in this book he lays them all out for the reader. He holds nothing back, honestly admitting his mistakes. It was incredibly insightful. He brings us with him through his recovery and shares things about his wife and kids. More frustrations… and sorrow when he finally has to accept that he’s not going to be able to go back to the SEAL teams. He touches on frustrations with the general population, many of whom were (are?) ignorant of what our military folks are going through in the Middle East and elsewhere. I’m here to tell Jay (and others) that many of us *want* to understand. We want you to share what you’ve been through, not just superficially but in a way that we can relate to your humanness. Many operators can’t or won’t do that, and I very much appreciate that Jay has done so. I feel like I know him. One of the best military memoirs I’ve read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erik Sapp

    The beginning of this book is very slow, and I had difficulty getting into it. Then the author gets to his history and what led him to the night he was wounded, and the book takes off. I love books about special operations - regardless of the service. (My favorites are SEALs and Pararescue Jumpers, but I like any.) I've read a lot of books by SEALs about their time in service, and this one is by far the best. It's so personal. LT Redman is up-front and honest about his mistakes and the roads it The beginning of this book is very slow, and I had difficulty getting into it. Then the author gets to his history and what led him to the night he was wounded, and the book takes off. I love books about special operations - regardless of the service. (My favorites are SEALs and Pararescue Jumpers, but I like any.) I've read a lot of books by SEALs about their time in service, and this one is by far the best. It's so personal. LT Redman is up-front and honest about his mistakes and the roads it led him down. He pulls no punches on himself. But it is also a book of hope, because he does overcome his mistakes and comes back stronger than before. His lessons are not only for warriors; they apply to everyone in every walk of life. More than once while listening, I had to take a break because it was hitting too close to home. But it is also just an amazing book about special operations. There is a lot of information about operations in this book, which are exciting. Overall, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Bailey

    I typically love books about navy seals or the military or wars so I thought this would be a great book as well since it was recommended to me by my siblings. I did not love this one as much as others such as lone survivor. I did like that Jason did eventually figure himself out and start getting better but I did think that most of the book, he was a bit of an ass. He constantly went against rules and leadership and was so full of himself. He was very fortunate a number of times to have other se I typically love books about navy seals or the military or wars so I thought this would be a great book as well since it was recommended to me by my siblings. I did not love this one as much as others such as lone survivor. I did like that Jason did eventually figure himself out and start getting better but I did think that most of the book, he was a bit of an ass. He constantly went against rules and leadership and was so full of himself. He was very fortunate a number of times to have other senior leadership looking out for him and seeing in him something he clearly couldn't see for a while. He was given more chances than I thought he would get with the seals so he should consider himself very lucky. Now what happened to him in battle and all these surgeries I don't wish on anyone and I'm glad he had a very supportive wife. In the end, he did have a very positive mindset and I appreciate that but I felt like most of the book wasn't very positive but maybe that's just my mood these days in quarantine. It was a good read but not my favorite.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    What I loved about this book was Jason’s honesty and willingness to just lay all his mistakes out there for the reader. He has told his story so well and his spirit is so admirable. I want to let him know that I do realize his sacrifice and appreciate every minute, every second and every day he served, his injuries and his recovery. I see the selfishness of lots of Americans right now who do not realize the sacrifices that have been made throughout this country’s history for them to go around ac What I loved about this book was Jason’s honesty and willingness to just lay all his mistakes out there for the reader. He has told his story so well and his spirit is so admirable. I want to let him know that I do realize his sacrifice and appreciate every minute, every second and every day he served, his injuries and his recovery. I see the selfishness of lots of Americans right now who do not realize the sacrifices that have been made throughout this country’s history for them to go around acting a fool. I wish they would realize what men like Jason have done for them. The line that really hit me was when the nurse in one of the hospitals asked him what happened to him and when he said he was shot she asked him what gang he was in. His response was perfect, I was shot overseas fighting for the freedom of those gangbangers to shoot each other up here at home. Telling. Anyway, if you care about this country, wounded warriors or just want to learn something beautiful, then read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Frank DeGaray

    Lieutenant Redman's book is one of my favorites of the genre. He doesn't leave anything off the table in regards to his life and career in the military. In a time when SEALS are regarded as untouchable super human soldiers who never fail and rarely struggle... his story will educate those to the true reality. While it is absolutely true that these men are brave, strong, disciplined and well trained they are human. They have personal lives and relationships that are not always perfect....just lik Lieutenant Redman's book is one of my favorites of the genre. He doesn't leave anything off the table in regards to his life and career in the military. In a time when SEALS are regarded as untouchable super human soldiers who never fail and rarely struggle... his story will educate those to the true reality. While it is absolutely true that these men are brave, strong, disciplined and well trained they are human. They have personal lives and relationships that are not always perfect....just like us. They struggle and have failures at their work.... just like us. They have doubts and question personal decisions....just like us. What can and often does set these men apart is their willingness to stay in the fight and overcome adversity in all aspects of life. Jason Redman did just that. His life and career should be an inspiration...and lesson...to all who have the pleasure to read about it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Poling

    This was a journey which is still in progress. I chose to read this book to understand better my family members military experiences for our country. I am the granddaughter, niece, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend of many who served. The book does lead us through all the phases of development of an individual who puts their heart, soul, mind. and body into a life/job/profession with strong ideals as the base. .... "What can you do for your country" ?....is a strong tenet for all to live by, for t This was a journey which is still in progress. I chose to read this book to understand better my family members military experiences for our country. I am the granddaughter, niece, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend of many who served. The book does lead us through all the phases of development of an individual who puts their heart, soul, mind. and body into a life/job/profession with strong ideals as the base. .... "What can you do for your country" ?....is a strong tenet for all to live by, for that American dream of our country. Thank you for serving us all. The writing flowed, allowing me to fall into the situations. The development of a young person to an adult leader is described with "warts and all". It's powerful because the honesty and sincerity is obvious. I learned of that journey, but also gained insight into my own and other's as well. I believe people of all ages and backgrounds can learn life lessons from this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia Richards

    How inspiring this book is. Not just what this trident holder has went through to protect this country. But, all the people that he touched, and all the people who supported him when he paid the ultimate price. He was lucky to be alive. The pain he has endured. What his wife and children have had to endure. But they did it together. Unconditional love. Yet, he is so humbled by the fact that he is still here, but many of his brothers are not. Thanks for sharing this story of growth and heartache. How inspiring this book is. Not just what this trident holder has went through to protect this country. But, all the people that he touched, and all the people who supported him when he paid the ultimate price. He was lucky to be alive. The pain he has endured. What his wife and children have had to endure. But they did it together. Unconditional love. Yet, he is so humbled by the fact that he is still here, but many of his brothers are not. Thanks for sharing this story of growth and heartache. So enlightening. Highly recommend this book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brennan

    Every soldier's story should be heard, and this is one of the more interesting ones. I'm not sure that it works as an antiwar book or leadership book, but the elements that would make it so are worthwhile. I wish the line about God loving the warrior had been reversed. It's more accurate to say "Warriors love God." Got a love soldiers because he loves everyone, but to exalt Warriors is to exalt war... and that seem runs through the book which helps to glorify war rather than preach against it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John H. Steffens

    Five Star, just read The story of becoming a man and a great human being. To have the ability to look at yourself critically and the inner strength and resolve to become better. I could not put this down and literally read it in one day. Jay, you and Erica are my heroes. May God bless you and your family. May He watch over our military and keep them safe. I long for the day we can all live in peace.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The author does a great job of using his military stories as a backdrop for larger lessons on leadership. Many books in this genre tend towards glorifying the battle stories and then stretching to attach a broader meaning. This book does just the opposite. You'll learn about leadership and then it gets tied back to a relevant story from the author's time overseas.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Good solid read. I became interested in Redman's story after seeing him speak during a History Channel documentary about the SEALs. When I saw Redman's injuries I knew he would have an incredible story. This book is different than most SEAL memoirs. Redman is brutally honest about his shortcomings and his road to redemption. Plenty of good leadership lessons. I wished Redman would've discussed more about his recovery and life after the SEAL teams.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Potter

    Jason Redman is brutally honest on how his early career as a SEAL he was not acting as a leader even though he was operating as one. This is easy to see mirrored in jobs I've been in. His tale of how he got it turned around though is really telling in how we can all make changes, and sometimes we need to hear it from someone we respect that gives it to us bluntly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rob Crockett

    Another excellent Seal / Special Ops memoir. This one is unique in that there is a lot of material about Jason's recovery after his horrific injuries. Jason is very honest and self-aware. He seems to repeat his same mistakes even after having "come to Jesus" moments, which wasn't really explained. But the book is excellent.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nina Orlando

    Amazing. Jason Redman's words will make you cry and laugh repeatedly. This book was very hard to put down. I highly recommend everyone read it and learn from his story. It was an honor and privilege to meet him as well. He's a genuinely kind and fun person. Mr. Redman, thank you again, for your service and sacrifice for us all.

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