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In a fast-paced and action-packed narrative, Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America's past decade at war - from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Heroes are not always the guys who jump on grenades. Sometimes, they are the snipers who decide to hold their fire, the wounded operators who find fresh ways to contribute, or the wives who keep the families together back home. Even a SEAL commander - especially a SEAL commander - knows that. But what's a hero, really? What do we have a right to expect from our heroes? How should we hold them accountable?

Amid all the loose talk of heroes, these questions are seldom asked. As a SEAL commander, Rorke Denver is uniquely qualified to answer questions about what makes a hero or a leader, why men kill, how best to serve your country, how battlefield experiences can elevate us, and most importantly, why we fight and what it does for and to us.

In Worth Dying For, Denver tackles many of these issues by sharing his personal experiences from the forefront of war today. Denver applies some of his SEAL-sense to nine big-picture, news-driven questions of war and peace, in a way that appeals to all sides of the public conversation. By broadening the issues, sharing his insights, and achieving what civilian political leaders have been utterly unable to, Denver eloquently shares answers to America's most burning questions about war, heroism, and what it all means for America's future.

©2016 Rorke Denver (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 06-19-16

An Analysis of Recent History

This book is not a review of war memories but an analysis of the current condition of American. I was impressed by the wide range of reading Denver has accomplished. Denver provides a history of the Navy SEAL program along with a review of the training and goals of training. The SEAL training emphasizes teamwork and leadership skills and to never quit.

As I read Denver’s list of requirement of what makes a hero, I could think of a number of people I know that fit the requirement. Somehow this made me look at society in a different way. I found that I read this book in sections as I had to stop and ruminate on what I had read. Denver makes one stop and analyzes the country from your own viewpoint.

I think this is a must read book for everyone but particularly for politicians. He reveals that we have a leadership vacuum in this country. In the last part of the book he discuss how the average citizen has grown soft over the years as life is easy as compared to 50 or more years ago. He thinks people need to overcome challenges and difficulties to become better citizens. I was impressed with his analysis of American’s military, civilian and political disconnect and he gives suggestions as how to correct it.

This book is well written and easy to read as well as provides food for thought. Denver is a decorated Navy SEAL. The author did a good job narrating the book.

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I didn't want it to end.

What made the experience of listening to Worth Dying For the most enjoyable?

There's just something about getting advice from a Navy SEAL in his own words and voice that makes it impossible not to pay attention to what he's saying. It doesn't hurt that Rorke Denver has a great voice for narrating, either.

Have you listened to any of Rorke Denver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to Rorke Denver narrate his book "Damn Few" and liked it so much I was thrilled when I learned he had a second book coming and that he would also be narrating the audio book version. I really enjoy listening to him!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed in several places in this book and loved the touches of humor. I also had to stop and chew on what he'd said several times. There's a lot of challenging, motivating stuff in this, even for a female like me who has never been in the military (but highly respects it) and works an ordinary, everyday job. I'll be listening to it again.

Any additional comments?

If you need something to motivate you to think deeper, work harder, lead better, get involved, or even to just get off your chair and go exercise, this is the book you need. There is no way to listen to (or read) this book without being challenged and inspired to be better and go harder.

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Warrior Philosopher!

Rorke Denver has the heart of a warrior and the mind of an Enlightenment philosopher. Many of the core concepts Denver analyzes, like Service, are what will "Make America Great Again". Wish more politicans would take notice and put this book on their reading list. Or, better yet more Vets like Denver should be in office.

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5 stars seem inadequate

This is an amazing read. The passion, enthusiasm, and wisdom Rorke Denver imparts are tremendous, and the idea about service he promotes would be a great thing for America to do. We would all be better for it. After reading this book, I found myself taking a long look in the mirror thinking about how I could apply much of what he suggests. I'm sure that was exactly his point. Mission accomplished.

Again, an amazing read!

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Worth Dying For/ Roger that Sir!

I downloaded this book because I'm always on the go and I'm always trying to find ways to stimulate my brain in a positive way... If you've already lived it, you will understand it as I do. If you haven't, you'll wish you did or know why you didn't,
either way you will walk away feeling better about being an American also god willing, walk away with the metal tools that will put you on the right track to make this a better world. Thanks to everyone involved for putting this book together, I really appreciate it..

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A must read for any leader or those called to do likewise

This book will challenge anyone who calls themselves or finds themselves in a leadership role or those to feel called to attain that responsibility. It is richly saturated with very thoughtful contemplations from an unexpected source. To know that our special forces are not just "hired guns" is very encouraging. This book is full of gems of wisdom, wisdom for anyone, no matter where, because were all called to lead others.

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What America should be

Amazing. Highly recommended. Needs to run for president. Seals for President. Beings it straight home. Right in your face. High standards.

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Echoes eloquently what most Americans are thinking

A sound and balance perspective from someone who has fought for our freedom and who has earned the right to ask us to work together to make America a great nation again. Loved this book.

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Must Read

I wish this book was a mandatory read for every young man, for every young American actually. Rorke's story was not only entertaining it was captivating, and challenging: it calls for everyone in America to see how blessed we are to live in this great country, and I only say thank you to our troops to take honest with him and serve, not just on the battlefield in every community around us. Selfless service ate the two words I would use

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A principled man

The Thoughts of a man who has been exposed to the extremes of humanity. Inspiring.

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