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Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep?

    Steven says: "Riveting and Relevant"
    "Inspiring, Now Get Up and Move!"

    Anyone interested in one of the following should read this book: Navy SEALS, exercise, being motivated, pushing yourself to reach goals, or sadism. This book is a real eye opener as to what these men go through to just be able to get to the point of actually training to be a SEAL. This book deals with the first six months of training from indoctrination to graduating from BUDS. Hell week is described very vividly, as is the torment, pain, and exhaustion these men endure to just get to the starting line. As it is pointed out in the book these six months are just the beginning, some of the men who graduate from BUDS will never actually earn the Trident to become official Navy SEALs. Its a remarkable story and very inspiring. If you are ever feeling lazy, maybe you want to skip your run, not go to class, or just lay around all day, listen to about 15 minutes of this book, if you don't want to move after that then you know you need to stay still.

    The only thing that detracts from this book is that sometimes Captain Couch's conservatism and biases leak into the story. I do not think it is intentional but the way he speaks of the men who are tattooed or not caucasion came across as preconceived notions more than actual facts. This does not take anything serious away from the book, his views on world affairs pop up through out the book but a concious listener will be able to sort through those and walk away unscathed.

    Captain Couch's attentiveness to the hardship of the SEALs is really what makes this book interesting and worth the listen.

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  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Amazing, this is historical writing at its best"

    The power of this work is in the detail, if you are looking for an overview of LBJ's life in the Senate, as VP, and as President this is not it. The book goes through each decision and the way it was arrived at with a precision that few historical writers would ever dare to attempt. Consider this, The Raise and Fall of the Third Reich is 1245 pages, it covers roughly 30 years of history and countless persons. The Passage of Power is 736 pages, it covers the years 1958 to 1964, and is basically about one man. His path to the Vice Presidency is riveting, especially the hatred he and Bobby Kennedy felt towards one another. The author really shines when he covers LBJ's immediate transformation from impetent Vice President to President in total command.

    Most surprising to this reviewer was President Johnsons immediate understanding of his duties, the situation he was faced with, and his calm and commanding reaction to the circumstances. One cannot leave this work without an appreciation of LBJ's steady leadership and how he sheparded this nation through one of its darkest times.

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