Sea Stories
Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of adventure during 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.

Sea Stories Details

TitleSea Stories
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538715536
Rating
GenreNonfiction, War, Military Fiction, History, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Sea Stories Review

  • JD
    January 1, 1970
    This is truly my best book of 2019, and I have read some good ones this year.While reading this book, the quote from Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", was in my head the whole time, and luckily for the world William McRaven is one of those good men who did something, and is filled with stories of other good men and women who did something. The stories filling these pages are amazing and the man has truly lived a full life, he is a bri This is truly my best book of 2019, and I have read some good ones this year.While reading this book, the quote from Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", was in my head the whole time, and luckily for the world William McRaven is one of those good men who did something, and is filled with stories of other good men and women who did something. The stories filling these pages are amazing and the man has truly lived a full life, he is a brilliant story-teller, while there are also life lessons in each of these stories. A very interesting part of this book is the behind-the-scenes look at the control of Special Operations Forces throughout the world and the sheer scale of it. I personally think that the United States is lucky to have such highly trained and motivated armed forces to safeguard it's future and seeing in the media how they are sometimes condemned by their own public is shocking to me, these brave men and women should each be heralded as a hero, because that is what they are, because believe me, it is not nice living in a country where your armed forces can barely defend themselves, let alone the people who depend on them.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I would love this book from the "Make Your Bed" author. Loved the early years stories..."Mothers!" I wish more children had early beginnings like his. Great book!!Thank you to Goodreds for a copy for my review.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Admiral William H. McRaven for your service to this country. We need to hear more stories of our brave men and women who have served and sacrificed to give us our freedom. This book is not just stories about Admiral McRaven's career, but he describes what its like for all SEAL team recruits. He writes of the heroes, the wounded and the fallen. He acknowledges the families who stand behind them and gives credit where credit is due to his team members and those who helped him throughout Thank you Admiral William H. McRaven for your service to this country. We need to hear more stories of our brave men and women who have served and sacrificed to give us our freedom. This book is not just stories about Admiral McRaven's career, but he describes what its like for all SEAL team recruits. He writes of the heroes, the wounded and the fallen. He acknowledges the families who stand behind them and gives credit where credit is due to his team members and those who helped him throughout his career. It made me proud of America and helped remind me that freedom isn't free.
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  • Virginia
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding book a must readI encourage you to trudge through the first chapter which is really rather disappointing childhood escapades. But the book is an absolute compelling read. It just adds to my extreme gratitude to the professionalism and the service of our Armed Forces. It is also very well written
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  • Lane Corley
    January 1, 1970
    Wish there were more stars! And more stories from William McRaven.
  • Lisa Serota
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING stories told by an American hero and patriot. The bravery of the men and woman that protect and serve our country is unparalleled. Highly recommend this book.
  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the first book I've read by the author. This book is basically a collection of short stories about significant moments spaced throughout an interesting military career. Unfortunately it has my biggest complaint about collections of short stories. Many of the chapters read like underdeveloped plots, some of this could be due to parts of some of the stories still being classified but if that's the case don't tell the story at all. Early on the author I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the first book I've read by the author. This book is basically a collection of short stories about significant moments spaced throughout an interesting military career. Unfortunately it has my biggest complaint about collections of short stories. Many of the chapters read like underdeveloped plots, some of this could be due to parts of some of the stories still being classified but if that's the case don't tell the story at all. Early on the author admits this is the way he remembers things and his memory may not be a 100% accurate. While this is always an unspoken fact when reading memoirs it's nice to have it acknowledged for a change. On the upside the story are presented chronologically and many of the topics are interesting behind the scenes looks (even if there are still big gaps in some of the stories).
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a surprise. I thought it would be a romanticized version of one man's military career. Instead, it was a concise, easy to read memoir that held my attention through all 300 plus pages of its length. Each chapter tells a story of its own and the narrative builds gradually to Operation Neptune's Spear, the bin Laden raid. While not overly detailed, the story still flows well. I was surprised that there were no redactions throughout the entire length of the book. Overall, a very satis This book was a surprise. I thought it would be a romanticized version of one man's military career. Instead, it was a concise, easy to read memoir that held my attention through all 300 plus pages of its length. Each chapter tells a story of its own and the narrative builds gradually to Operation Neptune's Spear, the bin Laden raid. While not overly detailed, the story still flows well. I was surprised that there were no redactions throughout the entire length of the book. Overall, a very satisfying book.
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  • Dave Monds
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding memoir What this memoir adds to the genre that many other SEAL and SF books don’t is the high level, often untold story of how major operations and conflicts are planned and led. The coordination of military and political leaders, the complex and fluid nature of special forces missions and how they influence those on the battlefield. McRaven’s service is a credit to himself, his family, his country and all those who had the privilege to serve alongside him. Thank you Sir.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Sir, What more can we do? Sir, What more can we do? Reading the adventures of our men and women in services all around the world are making me proud to be an American. These are not trite adventures. From all ranks, all Military and Federal Services the support we give them make their jobs worthy. It does take a strong union of people to defend the darkness in this world. Job well done. Let us all unite as One to strive in our daily works to make Uncle Sam stand taller.
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  • David Gobeille
    January 1, 1970
    Americas greatness in the context of our service men and womenThis is wonderful book of real life adventure but most importantly it tells the story of American men and women who have sacrificed for us often in the s ultimate way. If we read more of these real life biographies we would be much more proud of our country and our great heritage. Wake up America.
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  • Ira
    January 1, 1970
    A very nice read by a true American hero. Great insight into the planning and decision making process at the highest levels.
  • Patricia Baker
    January 1, 1970
    watched this author on CBS Morning Show and decided to buy the book based on his cool demeanor. he has nerves made of steel as nothing brings him down. so impressed by his tomorrow is another day to excel philosophy. I probably am most impressed by the background work that goes on before any mission is taken to ensure the success of that mission. we Americans owe him a great deal of thanks for all that he has done. the only fault is that he labels his son, John, as the "smart one," but I think h watched this author on CBS Morning Show and decided to buy the book based on his cool demeanor. he has nerves made of steel as nothing brings him down. so impressed by his tomorrow is another day to excel philosophy. I probably am most impressed by the background work that goes on before any mission is taken to ensure the success of that mission. we Americans owe him a great deal of thanks for all that he has done. the only fault is that he labels his son, John, as the "smart one," but I think his other children are probably just as smart. also congrats to his wife for keeping the home together with all his deployment. do not think we appreciate that trailing spouse as one of the most important part of the military family.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Admiral William McRaven, for your service and your book of stories about all the different missions you had a hand in, from the beginning to the end of your military career.
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