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I almost deleted the book from Kindle during the first chapter about his childhood. Expected a compelling lifetime warrior story. This is not it. Most of this I already knew from various news outlets and movies. I respect and am grateful for the author's service to country.
What I didn't appreciate were the obviously obsequious references to the past President and Secretary of State during those missions. I wonder how the author felt about those politician's failures to support our military by abandoning the hard fought gains in Iraq not to mention the stunning abandonment of our American citizens in Benghazi.
I have read many great military autobiographies over the past 45+ years. This is not one of them. This is not simply a real life from the heart story of the man's life and experiences. It is a carefully produced self promotion. I have no doubt the Admiral's stories are true and authentic. But they lack the small details and real thoughts. Instead, his stories lack such detail and he presents himself only in the most positive light. The book resembles a resume, as if the Admiral wrote it to support some future ambitions. It wasn't a bad read and was interesting in the context of what it is. It just didn't have all the substance I am used to seeing in military autobiographies.
I found the book almost as a fictional reading, more suited for Hollywood screen play than any serious and critical intellectual book. According to this author seals are super human being, and militery is doing gods work without any fault.
Hard to reconcile how we ended up losing the wars in Afganestan, Iraq, Libia, Syria.... By loosing I mean what did we really accomplished for spending 7 trillions of dollars , 100s of thousands killed, and millions refugees and many failed states While back home we have over 50 million living in below poverty lstandards and many homlesses and mentally I'll with no place to go.
Perhaps the only thing that was accomplished was making militery apparatus and their corporate circles much richer.
These are good stories, and enjoyed the book overall. However, CD 5 was blank and we missed the ending of a story plus whatever else was there. It was returned and replaced, however for the 2nd time CD #5 did not perform; this time it skipped so consistently that we shut it down at track 3. It is again being returned, this time for refund.