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Sea Stories
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Sea Stories
My Life in Special Operations
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, the celebrated author of Make Your Bed shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.Sea Stories begins in 1960 at the American Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II — the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.Action-packed, inspiring, and full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders. NOTE ON THE CD FORMAT: The Publisher has been made aware that there is an issue with part of the print run and that some customers have had issues playing one of the CDs in this set. Please feel free to email audiobooks.Generic@hbgusa.com if you need a disc replacement. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In this instant New York Times bestseller, the celebrated author of Make Your Bed shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.Sea Stories begins in 1960 at the American Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II — the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.Action-packed, inspiring, and full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders. NOTE ON THE CD FORMAT: The Publisher has been made aware that there is an issue with part of the print run and that some customers have had issues playing one of the CDs in this set. Please feel free to email audiobooks.Generic@hbgusa.com if you need a disc replacement. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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  • Admiral William H. McRaven is the most well-known and decorated admiral in recent American history. He served with great distinction in the US Navy, first as a SEAL and then later as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and as the head of the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. He is a public speaker in high demand in the business and education circuits.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 22, 2019
    McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, follows his self-help guide, Make Your Bed, in which he shared principles for success learned during his more than 30 years as a Navy SEAL, with this collection of fascinating stories from his time as commander of the Special Operations Forces. In the book’s first half, McRaven describes his early life and his SEAL training and experiences, including a gripping account of his time as part of Operation Desert Shield during the first Gulf War in 1990, when he was tasked with intercepting an Iraqi tanker. Here, McRaven focuses on how the SEAL experience “builds unbreakable bonds among your fellow warriors.” The book’s second half shows how these bonds are tested when he becomes a SEAL team commanding officer and then later the commander of the Special Operations Task Force, directing the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates and the capture of Saddam Hussein. But the highlight of the book is McRaven’s detailed account of the successful mission to track Osama bin Laden (in order to confirm that it was actually bin Laden they killed, McRaven had a SEAL lie down next to the 6’4” corpse to measure his size). McRaven’s war stories deliver remarkable insight into the life of a wartime leader.

  • Library Journal

    September 1, 2019

    Retired Admiral McRaven was a Navy SEAL whose career was the stuff of which legends are made. Though he's probably best known for his line from a commencement address in which he stated that if one wants to change the world one should begin by making one's bed in the morning, McRaven saw combat as a SEAL and oversaw the operations which captured Saddam Hussein, rescued Captain Richard Phillips, and killed Osama bin Laden. From his youth as a military brat, his drive and daring were a nearly perfect match for Special Forces. While not a polished narrator, McRaven is an excellent speaker, and his reading of his own work is very pleasant on the ear. It is more like a conversation than a performance and his reading quickly captures the listener's attention and keeps it throughout. VERDICT Public libraries and those with a significant military clientele should consider--Michael Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Lynchburg

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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