• 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 (166 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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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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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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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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An inspiring book on leadership.

this book is a great example of what real leadership looks like. the art of leadership seems to be a lost skill. Vincent book should be required reading at all levels in the military.

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Well Done

I spent my early Officer years during OIF/OEF. This is an excellent summary of the events and the mentality of our nation’s most legendary modern warfighter.

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