Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations

by William H. McRaven

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538729724
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,629
File size: 59 MB
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About the Author

Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestseller Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Georgeann.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Chapter 1 The Greatest Generation 1

Chapter 2 Operation Volcano 13

Chapter 3 It's a Wonderful Life 37

Chapter 4 The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday 46

Chapter 5 The Hand of God? 87

Chapter 6 A Gorilla Walks into a Bar 101

Chapter 7 The Ghosts of Tofino 122

Chapter 8 American Pirates 151

Chapter 9 Second Chances 179

Chapter 10 Airborne Froggy 201

Chapter 11 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 227

Chapter 12 The Ace of Spades 253

Chapter 13 Wanted Dead or Alive 282

Chapter 14 High Seas Hostage 302

Chapter 15 Manhunting 341

Chapter 16 The Next Greatest Generation 366

Chapter 17 Neptune's Spear 381

Chapter 18 The Final Salute 465

Acknowledgments 475

About the Author 477

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Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Terrific story about the selfless service of an American patriot and warrior. This book is well written and tells an incredible story about special operations and one man’s journey that touched so many others along the way. You will keep turning the page until you finish.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Good read
Anonymous 14 days ago
A page turner
Anonymous 3 months ago
a career navy seal during the USA's period of wars in the middle east. It will hold you to your seat!
Anonymous 6 months ago
could not stop reading.Never got bogged down in too much detail and was funny at times
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good easy reading and great insight into the world of navy SEALS
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Anonymous 11 months ago
A fantastic life of service set in a page turner book. I also read and throughly enjoyed Make Your Bed. My son who retired as a Chief Petty Officer last year after 20 years service in the Navy told me about Admiral McRaven and the books. Both great reads.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great stories. Behind the scenes tales that you’d never know. He really lets us know what special ops have to do, and why we should be so indebted to each and every one of them. His stories are extremely enlightening and entertaining.
GAppleman 12 months ago
Sea Stories is a magnificent sequel to Make Your Bed. As with Make Your Bed. Admiral William McRaven’s most valuable contributions are the conclusions that he shares about the meaning of the events he describes in vivid verbal color. With a background of numerous perilous military assignments, the iconic author offers life lessons that reflect his exemplary values and insights into principled citizenship. After revealing the childhood origins of his fundamental values, he introduces readers to the professional, detailed approach to successful military exercises and to details about his most storied assignments. He demonstrates the unique contributions of the military and of the men and women who unselfishly serve to protect the cherished values of our country. The chapter describing his visits to medical hospitals and the courage and positive attitude of the wounded soldiers can bring forth tears. If you know Admiral McRaven, you recognize his humor, empathy, and humility that are revealed in the language in the book, showing the care that is reflected in his writing of this book. The book ends before the Admiral’s term as Chancellor of The University of Texas System to which he brought the same meticulous, thoughtful, intellectual, bold, and ethical approach. He has “rung no bells” and is a devoted practitioner to the team approach to leadership. People of all ages can profit by reading these two literary works.
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