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No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

The Life of General James Mattis
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The first in-depth look at the marine hero who has become one of the most beloved and admired men in America today: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

A devout student of history and erudite reader revered by rank and file soldiers, officers, academics, politicians, and ordinary citizens, General James Mattis is one of the most admired leaders serving America today. A man who has long used his position as a model for the soldiers he leads, Mattis in 2003 shared a "Message to All Hands" with the men and women under his command, outlining their responsibilities as soldiers of the corps. Emphasizing the importance of the mission and the goal to act with honor, Mattis ended with the motto he had adopted from another great figure, Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla: "Demonstrate to the world that there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a US Marine."

The first Trump presidential cabinet nominee, Mattis, retired from activity military duty for only three years at the time, received a rare Congressional waiver to hold the civilian position of Secretary of Defense, and in the hyper-partisan political atmosphere of 2017, astonishingly received nearly unanimous, bipartisan support for his nomination. After months of headline-making chaos involving the White House, Mattis remains one of the few widely revered members of the Trump administration.

In this illuminating biography, Jim Proser looks beyond Mattis’ professional competence to focus on the driving element behind Mattis’ success: his unimpeachable character - a formidable personal integrity that fosters universal confidence. Proser carefully examines the events of Mattis’ life and career to reveal a man who leads with insight, humor, fighting courage, and fierce compassion - not only for his fellow Marines, but for the innocent victims of war. Chronicling how Mattis’ martial and personal values have elevated him to the highest levels of personal success and earned him the trust of a nation, Proser makes clear how America is stronger because of his service and his example.

©2018 Jim Proser (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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God Bless Our Warriors, Our Protecters

America from inception has survived because of its willingness to take the fight to those who threaten America’s existence. America has been at its greatest when it repels it’s enemies and protects its own. A string and an worthy military is as essential to the nation’s endurance as it competent and compassionate leadership within our domestic borders and territories.

Mattis says the most important real estate in the battle field is the 6 inches between the soldiers ears. Engage the mind before engaging the weapon.

The honor and value of our warriors is by no means at odds with social domestic tranquillity. The intelligent warrior warrior and domestic executive leadership that is thoughtful, deliberate, fair and well meaning are by no means at odds, rather these attributes are yin and yang compliments. One defines the other. They both need each other.

I loved this book, the insights from the battle field. The wisdom of taking the fight to those who mean to do America harm.

This was the perfect Veterans Day Weekend read. This book gives me hope as I drown out the social discord that is amplified by social media and the info-tainment that passes for news.

Mattis is a real life American Hero. Read this book.

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Every American should read this

Excellent biography of a great man that not nearly enough Americans know about. Let this book keep you up at night!!!

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Loved it

I never write reviews, but this was too Good not to. Awesome! Five Stars easily.

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general James Mattis is a very interesting person.

this was my first audible. I absolutely enjoyed this book. James Mattis is an interesting person.

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Enlightening

A good look into the mind of a war hero. Opens one eyes to the decisions made in battle.

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Fantastic Bio of a Legend

In today’s culture of personality, General Mattis sets the example of what it means to have character. Instead of curating Facebook pages, our young people would do well to adopt his practices of studying philosophy, history, leadership, and appreciating the importance of personal relationships, empathy, humility, and duty. The book did a great job of illustrating where General Mattis comes from and the experiences that shaped his character. Very interesting and informative. Great narrator.

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One of the Greatest Leaders of our time

Amazing Book, Great Detail. The history and the facts here are amazing. To know him is to love him. Long live Mad Dog General Mattis🇺🇸
Semper Fi

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great book about people, not war

loved this book. never knew this guy existed until he was up for secdef. great lesson in understanding and separating an enemy from a citizen and a countries people.

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An Example For All Leaders at All Levels

The warrior monk is the epitome of a soldiers soldier. He understands all of the historical implications that impact a modern day warrior. General Mattis is a warrior scholar who is able to apply his studies to current situations.

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HOOAH God Bless America

Outstanding . What a great American warrior and hero. I would have enjoyed serving with him.

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Enthralling

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story ...great to get some insight into such a dynamic leader.