As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life.
As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.
©2013 Pete Blaber (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks
Interesting, Gripping, Insightful
I really enjoyed Pete's lessons learned during his time in the unit.
Great book, I have read it a few times and it was nice to listen to it as well. Good story, good insights into leadership, and interesting to learn about that part of our military history too.
I will definitely listen again. The depth and breadth of everyday practical applications from each of his stories and missions was very captivating. Every mission he talked about, including the planning aspects, had advice that you can apply in your day-to day life. The overarching theme was to consider how your decisions will affect: 1st - Your Mission, 2nd - Your Men, and 3rd - Me.
He also went into some of the concepts that helped him to understand what he needed to do to become a better operator and leader. "The mind has three elementary phases it goes through when it's thinking: saturate, incubate, and illuminate. although they generally occur in order, all three are continuous processes, so your mind is constantly cycling through all three phases.The most effective approach to a situation is to detect our mind's ability to recognize the life patterns that happen" How you handle and solve problems when you encounter them, will ultimately decide the outcome. Throughout the book, he explains his adventure and ends with a life lesson so we can understand, adapt, and master the future.
He did not overdo it when it came to trying to portray the accents of the enemies. The tone and performance was just right.
Definitely a multiple listen book as the lessons are embedded in story layers that can improve anyone's outlokk and life
If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!
If you're looking for a story book collection of battles and adrenaline spiking drama, this isn't that kind of book. The author did a great job in both titling it appropriately, as deciding what to include. I took many notes from the author, and have incorporated his leadership lessons into my personal and professional life. A must read for any junior leader, or senior leader who has lost his/her base.
I'm going to sound cliche'...however it's my reality. This book changed my life! I'm a 30 year old man now (29 when I first read this.) I lost my father to suicide a few years back. I am married and own a window coverings business. I am a bit of a nomad...I lose myself to lack of wisdom and guiding principles. This book, has had a profound impact on my internal dialect...and a new motor to be an effective human being. This book nailed it...I go back and listen to the guiding principles about every other week in the last chapter. READ THIS BOOK. Thank you Mr.Blaber and please write another!
This book is applicable in all aspects of your life. The core principles and lessons are taken from real world examples. The book is entertaining and informative and the lessons will stay with me. I would recommend this book to anyone with or without military experience.
Blaber has clean writing style that flows between story and lessons easily. He relates interesting and exciting experiences from his time with the unit and explains how those events demonstrate key lessons he learned as a leader. For me, the book only had two minor draw backs. First, Blaber has a severe dislike of the heavy-lift helicopter. He has some good reasons for this, and to be fair maybe it isn't a dislike as much as it is he doesn't buy the hype the rest of the military puts out for them. Either way, he focuses a lot on their failures. Additionally, there are numerous points in the book where he comes across as "I'm the only guy who gets it! Why won't anyone listen to me!?!?!", which I can only hope is not completely accurate (either that he was the only guy, or that others weren't listening to him). Overall, however, a good read and a very good companion to "Roberts' Ridge", since you get to see another perspective on how Roberts ended up on that ridge.
Great book with very specific examples of his leadership principles. The imagery is very vivid and completes the operational pictures of several other books about Roberts ridge and operation anaconda. Great book.
"When management get it wrong"
This is more than a gripping read about special forces and there exploits, it's also a demonstration of how interference by senior management who are egotistical can cause serious cocky ps to escalate, in this case leading to a tragic loss of life. A fantastically well written and read story.
"Not enough action"
Starts well and is generally a good story. Not enough action for me though, most of the book is about lessons learned on mission but fails to detail said mission. Always felt I wanted more detail
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