Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.
~ I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The recounts of battle and training by Jocko and Leif were easy to relate to challenges in the corporate world. A solid performance by both men. Thank you for your service and for this engaging book.
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.
Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
~ “Like the best intellectual polymaths, Peterson invites his readers to embark on their own intellectual, spiritual and ideological journeys into the many topics and disciplines he touches on. It’s a counter-intuitive strategy for a population hooked on the instant gratification of ideological conformity and social media ‘likes,’ but if Peterson is right, you have nothing to lose but your own misery.” (Toronto Star)
Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.
Recently, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Bourdain spared no one's appetite in this tell-all about what happens behind the kitchen door.
Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. This is his first work of nonfiction. He is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City.
~Wonderfully written and mesmerizing narration by Anthony Bourdain. His ability to describe a setting or event is/was on par with the great storytellers of our time. Such a tragedy that he is now gone. I will not soon enjoy a gazpacho or oysters without thinking of @Bourdain.
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare—poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.
~ You do not need to be an active military member or a veteran to appreciate the story, but it doesn’t hurt. As a veteran of the Marine Corps I have challenged myself and push myself beyond what I thought was possible. And while that mindset has remained with me for the years that I have been out I have not applied that same discipline. I have become comfortable. I have become common amongst common. This book has rekindled the desire to become uncommon. Stay hard
"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers."
David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea.
~I don’t think I’ll say “Santa Fe” without inflection now. I appreciated the ‘things to consider’ at the end of each chapter. Move authority to the information is a powerful concept which I will introduce at my organization. The proof that the leader/leader approach works is evident in the fact that many of the officers from Santa Fe went on to command other subs but also lead in other capacities. Good story and good narration.
Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.
The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads - a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
~ Outrage Pornography and Victim-hood Chic are all the rage. But Mark Manson pointed this out to us in 2016. Mark demonstrates that you are not alone in the belief that you control how you respond to the things that happen around you. Don't be a victim, take charge of you. In the words of Bukowski - If it's hard work just thinking about doing it, don't do it. if you're trying to write like somebody else, forget about it. if you have to wait for it to roar out of you then wait patiently."
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a supers From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.
~The forced drawl of the narrator was a bit distracting. Switching between Chris and Taya speech pattern was unnecessary.
The story was compelling, but as a combat veteran I would not share the level of detail with the public. Many of the stories we have should be retold only to the guys we served with.