Lone Survivor

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  1. billyb

    billyb Member

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    Anyone read this book? It is very highly thought of on Amazon reviews, but I thought this group would have a much better viewpoint on the book and if it is worth reading.
     
  2. Bird85

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    Well, for what it is worth, I highly recommend it. I bought it at an airport bookstore a year or so ago when traveling on business and could not put it down.
     
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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I agree with TPG's assessment. Early in the book I found it interesting but found over time as TPG puts it- the book lacks critical thinking.
    Reading it left me thinking that there was a huge dearth of tactical thought and planning ability if things happened as they were related- this was a badly botched mission from the get go. The smartest officer and most thoughtful individual I ever served under was a Navy SEAL Captain. I haven't talked with him in years but my suspicion is that if asked he would take this mission and this book apart.
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    Great book I loved it. Its a good read even though it lacks critical thinking.

    Actually just ran "Murph" crossfit excersise in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, it was one of his favorites.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I enjoyed the book. it's easy to criticize the author and the SEALs involved; however, when you understand what they faced and what they withstood -- I'm willing to cut them a lot of slack. And, while the book may "lack critical thinking," it does make you think.

    There have been more recent articles, etc. about the event -- some saying, for example, that the goatherds were mere setups. The Taliban already knew the SEALs were there and, regardless of whether the goatherds had been killed, the SEALs were doomed for other reasons from the moment they landed.

    As with most military missions that go awry, there are lots of second-guessers, armchair pundits and the like. Some of them make fair points, some don't. But, if you're interested in military history, it's worth reading about the incident.
     
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    One of my favorite books I’ve read in a LONG LONG time!
    Highly recommended!
     
  7. USA_All_The_Way

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    I haven't read the entire book, so I might seem like kind of a jackass when I speak on behalf of it, but from what I did spend time reading...WHOA NELLY. It's pretty awesome and intriguing. You definitely get a sense for what type of mindset the SEALS are composed of, especially when read in conjunction with other books about SEAL teams, although I'm sure some people here would consider it blasphemous for me to even utter the title work of one Dick Marcinko.

    Something I found to be personally interesting was the fact that Marcus Luttrell states his most favorite movie of all time is The Counte of Monte Cristo. I consider that to be decent taste in cinema if you ask me. :thumb:
     

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