Monday, November 26, 2012
Book Review: No Easy Day
This book is for mature audiences. I realize I have a varied demographic of people who read this blog. This book is a first hand account of a Navy SEAL. There is some colorful language and some questionable humor. Read with caution. But what would one suspect from this sort of book? In the field of like books, I would say that this one is on the cleaner side.
Start reading at the back of the book. In my edition, on page 301, immediately after the epilogue, there are nine pages of men who have fallen since 9/11 either in combat, or in training. Read the names. Each one slowly. Let them sink in. These are men who gave all. Many of whom were dear friends of mine. As I finished this book today, I received word that a Navy SEAL was killed in Afghanistan this weekend. The war is not over. Peace is not here. We long for the Lord to return for peace, but until then, we are reminded that men and women are serving around the world and in our backyard keeping us safe. The farther away I move from my old life as a SEAL the greater my appreciation is for those who are serving us in this very special capacity. If you are on active duty, or are a law enforcement officer, I thank you for your service from the depths of my heart.
A lawsuit from the Pentagon, really? I am shocked that there were threats of a lawsuit from the Pentagon. I found no tactical leaks in this book. There is nothing new, other than it is a first person account, in this book concerning the operation that killed Bin Laden. Toward the end of the book, the author expresses his disbelief of the leaks that came from the White House following this very classified operation. He wasn't back for 24 hours from the op before he started seeing images and official reports about the operation being broadcast on every network. I'm not sure why the threats came from the Pentagon, clearly this is a tier-one operator that knows what he is allowed, or not allowed, to share with the public.
A humble perspective. I love the humility of the author. This book is a super easy read. I loved being taken back to my time in the teams. I believe the author of this book painted a real picture of the SEAL community and the great sacrifices that are made day in and day out. I loved his attitude that it wasn't about him, but was about acknowledging the hard work and sacrifice made by many people over the years to make this operation happen. I believe he rightly gives credit where credit is due. I wish the politicians would follow his lead.
I highly recommend the book. The bottom line is I do recommend this book. It is not written by a hotshot, but by a humble American hero that was at the right place at the right time and happened to partake in a significant event historically. His heart is to share an eyewitness account that is free of political spin or implications. If you read this book, I believe you walk away with a deeper sense of gratitude for the the men and women involved with operation, and for the men and women who are currently serving our country today.
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