Number of page: 240
Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In recent years, the world has learned just what is required to bravely serve America through the navy’s most elite SEAL Team. Now, for the first time, we hear from their commander. For more than half a decade, Ryan Zinke was a commander at the most elite SEAL unit. A 23-year veteran of the US Navy SEALs, Zinke is a decorated officer and earned two Bronze Stars as the acting commander of Joint Special Forces in Iraq. Zinke trained and commanded many of the men who would one day run the covert operations to hunt down Osama bin Laden and save Captain Phillips (Maersk Alabama). He also served as mentor to now famous SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) and Chris Kyle (American Sniper). Written with #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper, Scott McEwen, American Commander will offer readers the hard-hitting, no-nonsense style the SEALs are known for. When Zinke signs with the US Navy he turns his sights on joining the ranks of the most elite fighting force, the SEALs. He eventually reaches the top of the SEAL Teams as an assault team commander. Zinke shares what it takes to train and motivate the most celebrated group of warriors on earth and then send them into harm’s way. Through it, he shares his proven problem-solving approach: Situation, Mission, Execution, Command and Control, and Logistics. American Commander also covers Zinke’s experience in running for Montana’s sole seat in the United States Congress. Zinke’s passion for his country shines as he conveys his vision to revitalize American exceptionalism. Scott McEwen and Ryan Zinke take readers behind the scenes and into the heart of America’s most-feared fighting force. American Commander will inspire a new generation of leaders charged with restoring a bright future for our children’s children.
- Tim Smith
Fantastic Fresh Read! This was a great book. So much is learned about our Special Ops enduring so much to make it in. This case the Navy Seals. The author has many current people he discusses as well as starting with his Montana upbringing and family life that played a role in his becoming one of the best Navy Seals known. He doesn’t take that honor though, the Seal Teams are a family like no other! Sadly much could have been accomplished had our military forces hadn’t had their hands tied by the Barack Hussein administration!
- William t Winn
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Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery, 1731-1781
This is the first published account of the life of Major General William Phillips a British officer whose achievements during the American Revolution place him in the ranks of Britain s most successful generals such as Charles Cornwallis Although he was a commoner Phillips rose from the rank of cadet in the Royal Artillery Academy distinguished himself through remarkable achievements in Europe s Seven Years War and went on to command a field army in America This story chronicles his extraordinary abilities leadership and innovative style which left a lasting mark on British artillery tactics and military leadership It provides new insights into the captivity of Burgoyne s army British operations in Virginia in 1781 and the first detailed account of the Battle of Petersburg Virginia In this probing biography suitable for military buffs and historians alike Davis uncovers new and fascinating materials about Phillips life including his connivance with General Cornwallis to change British strategy in the American southern theater Though Phillips has largely been denied attention throughout history Davis work goes a long way toward restoring his rightful place
In Those Days: A Diplomat Remembers
In Those Days is the candid often funny autobiography of a twentieth century American diplomat who spent most of his life in high level diplomacy in Asia and Africa The story takes James Spain form an Irish Catholic childhood in gangster era Chicago through military service as Douglas MacArthur s photographer in occupied Japan and university life at Chicago and a Ph D from Columbia His Foreign Service career brought postings in Islamabad Istanbul and Ankara and four ambassadorships in Tanzania Turkey the United Nations as deputy permanent representative and Sri Lanka Spain s memoir offers readers a firsthand account of U S diplomacy and of a family that tied its experiences to the events of contemporary history He writes of personal triumphs and family tragedies and speculates on the meaning of it all including the joys and tribulations of retirement in Sri Lanka Published in cooperation with the ADST DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series
Louis Johnson and the Arming of America: The Roosevelt and Truman Years
Without question this is an important new addition to World War II and Cold War historiography Highly recommended Douglas Brinkley author of Dean Acheson The Cold War Years and The Unfinished Presidency Jimmy Carter s Journey beyond the White House A remarkably objective yet sympathetic study of Louis Johnson s life and career Now only half remembered Johnson was a major national figure Colorful aggressive independent minded egotistical his strong views and conflicts with Dean Acheson proved to be his undoing All in all a fascinating tale James R Schlesinger former Secretary of Defense McFarland and Roll have performed a real service in rescuing from obscurity this Democratic mover and shaker Their account of the rise and fall of Louis Johnson provides us with the fullest depiction yet of an important Washington figure employed for better or worse as a blunt instrument of policy change by both Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman Alonzo L Hamby author of Man of the People A Life of Harry S Truman and For the Survival of Democracy Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s Johnson s career is a cautionary tale of how even the most ruthlessly effective men can become pawns in the Washington power game McFarland and Roll bring Johnson to life in this thorough and well told history Evan Thomas Newsweek author of Robert Kennedy His Life and The Very Best Men The Early Years of the CIALouis Johnson was FDR s Assistant Secretary of War and the architect of the industrial mobilization plans that put the nation on a war footing prior to its entry into World War II Later as Truman s Secretary of Defense Johnson was given the difficult job of unifying the armed forces and carrying out Truman s orders to dramatically reduce defense expenditures In both administrations he was asked to confront and carry out extremely unpopular initiatives massive undertakings that each president believed were vital to the nation s security and economic welfare Johnson s conflicts with Henry Morganthau Secretary of War Harry H Woodring Winston Churchill Harry Hopkins Dean Acheson Averell Harriman and Paul Nitze find contemporary parallels in the recent disagreements between the national defense establishment and the State Department
1001 Nights in Iraq: The Shocking Story of an American Forced to Fight for Saddam Against the Country He Loves
Shant Kenderian s visit to Baghdad in 1980 at age seventeen was supposed to be a short one just enough time to make peace with his estranged father before returning to his home in the United States But then Saddam Hussein invaded Iran and sealed off Iraq s borders to every man of military age including Shant Suddenly forced onto the front lines his two week visit turned into a nightmare that lasted for ten years 1001 Nights in Iraq presents a human story that provides unique insight into a country and culture that we only get a hint of in the headlines After surviving the horrors of the Iran Iraq War Shant was then forced to fight on the front lines of Desert Storm without being given the proper equipment including a gun but miraculously survived to be captured by the Americans and become a POW He underwent starvation heavy interrogations and solitary confinement but what broke him in the end was his love affair with a female American soldier Yet throughout this whole ordeal Shant never lost his respect for people his faith in God or his sense of humor