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The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Leader


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There already are many books on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be more, including by those who experienced the fire of combat. This story, though, is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself and his ultimate victory. I believe his story will inspire the reader, just as it did me.
—from the introduction by Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense

Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range.

During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived.

Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.

About the Author

Sean Parnell is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger whoserved in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years,retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor)and the Purple Heart. He is a passionate supporter of America'smilitary and is currently serving as an ambassador for the BootCampaign, a national veteran's charity. He lives with his wife andthree children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John R. Bruning is the author or coauthor of fifteen nonfiction books, including thecritically acclaimed Shadow of the Sword and House to House. To prepare for this book,he embedded with coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2010. He lives in Oregon with hiswife and two children.

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Redman, Jason
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Bruning, John
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