• No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

  • The Life of General James Mattis
  • By: Jim Proser
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-07-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (90 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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Final 7 minutes is all that covers SecDef

This book is a series of disjointed military stories which tell snipits of General Mattis' career, which jump forward by years! 2 years, 5 years, 10 years it's crazy. Basically, if you've researched Mattis' quotes it's a telling of a snipit of the battle or metting where the quote came from

The President isn't mentioned until the final 14 min 57 sec of the book and is described and an unlikely "long shot".
Mattis as SecDef is covered in the final 7 minutes of the book and maybe only 3 of those minutes.

For something I waited months to come out it was a MAJOR disappointment, I believe I'll invest time into reading General Mattis' required reading list as a way to more deeply understand him and his life's mission.

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Disappointing

More of a detailed description of military maneuvering and battles than the life of James Mattis.

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Wanted more about Mattis personal life

The only thing I knew about this book was the story of how Mattis ended up staying single after meeting Alice, the love of his life. Because of that one thing I thought this would be a more personal story. Instead it was a lot of war(s) and his philosophy and approach to wars. I did learn a lot and still enjoy his straight forward approach and love of his soldiers. Worth the read.

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Must read book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book fully appreciated the man who have his entire life in general service of his country. As a retired warrant officer it would have been an honor to have had the opportunity to serve under his command. Many thanks to all on letting learn more about the life of a true American patriot.

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A Few Golden Nuggets

Underwhelmed with the writing, very few primary sources, & more like an Iraq War commentary.

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Call Sign : Chaos.

Very good insight into all of Mattis's conflicts throughout his Marine career. I was hoping for more insight into the leadership side of his story. The book briefly discusses this but more speaks on his role in various situations over 40 years of time. Overall good listen because you do get a glimpse at the type of leader he is and the path he embarked on.

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Horrible

This is a poorly written narrative, masquerading as a biography of one of the finest officer to ever wear the uniform of a United States Marine.

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No Better Book

My husband and I think that this book was written well and we enjoyed getting to know more about the General. We would buy it again.