Jocko Willink is an American retired officer of the United States Navy, who served in the Navy SEAL teams. He is also a podcaster and author. His military service saw combat actions in the war in Iraq, where he eventually commanded the SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser that fought in the bloody battle

  • 12 Rules for Life

    What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.,Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.,What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life.,???, shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

  • 18 Platoon

    Sydney Jary MC (24 May 1924 – 5 August 2019) was a British Army officer who was a platoon commander during WW2. He was awarded a Military Cross and, after the war, wrote a book about his experiences that became a recommended text on several military academy reading lists including that of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

  • About Face

    Called ???everything a twentieth century war memoir could possibly be??? by The New York Times, this national bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth presents a vivid and powerful portrait of a life of patriotism.,From age fifteen to forty David Hackworth devoted himself to the US Army and fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation.,From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth???s story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment of the Pentagon???s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and of the bureaucracy of self-interest that fueled the war.

  • Across The Fence

    For eight years, far beyond the battlefields of Vietnam and the glare of media distortions, American Green Berets fought a deadly secret war in Laos and Cambodia under the aegis of the top secret Military Assistance Command Vietnam ??? Studies and Observations Group, or SOG.,Go deep into the jungle with five SOG warriors surrounded by 10,000 enemy troops as they stack up the dead to build a human buttress for protection. Witness a Green Beret, shot in the back four times and left for dead, who survives to fight savagely against incredible odds to complete his missions.,Shudder as an enemy soldier touches a Green Beret???s boot in the dark of night. Cringe as a Sergeant on SOG Spike Team Louisiana calls in an air strike on his team to break an enemy???s wave attack. A team member dies instantly, and a Green Beret has an out-of-body experience as he watches his leg get blown off.,???As the commander of SOG, I can say that ???Across the Fence??? accurately reflects why the secret war was hazardous for our troops and so deadly for the enemy.,??? Major General John K. Singlaub (U. S. Army Ret.),Black Ops told with the terrifying clarity that only one who was there can tell it.,??? W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV

  • All Out War

    ???Eric Steele and author Sean Parnell are the real deal.?????? Lee Child,Special operative Eric Steele, introduced in Man of War, is on the hunt for a formidable Russian terrorist in this high-intensity tale of international intrigue from the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Outlaw Platoon.,Badly injured while stopping a rogue agent from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, elite warrior Eric Steele is drawn back into service before he???s ready when unknown assailants break into his home near Pittsburgh, injuring his mother and stealing his father???s pistol.,An Alpha???an elite soldier under the direct command of the president of the United States???Steele is hell-bent on finding the attackers and bringing them to justice. While tracking his foe, Steele discovers he???s become entangled in a far more sinister plan that???s already been set in motion.,A terrorist named Zakayev, once locked away in a maximum-security prison in Russia, has escaped and joined forces with Hassan Sitta, a man who???s shown his prowess and ingenuity with a spectacular bomb planted somewhere in the Middle East that hasn???t been ignited???and no one can find. But that is only the beginning of a horrifying plan that, if it succeeds, will shatter international alliances and bring the world to the brink of war.,Now, the hunted must turn the tables on the hunter???Steele must find a way to stay alive and stop Zakayev before innocent lives are lost.

  • Bataan Death March

    This journal recounts the 65-mile journey, during which prisoners had no food, water, or rest. The author survived the POW camps on the Philippine island of Luzon.

  • Battle Studies

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  • Beyond Band of Brothers

    ???Tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries…laced with Winters???s soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades??? bravery.??????Publishers Weekly,They were called Easy Company???but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe???an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, Dick Winters was their legendary commander. This is his story???told in his own words for the first time.,On D-Day, Winters assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when its commander was killed and led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany???by which time each member had been wounded. Based on Winters???s wartime diary, Beyond Band of Brothers also includes his comrades??? untold stories. Virtually none of this material appeared in Stephen Ambrose???s Band of Brothers. Neither a protest against nor a glamorization of war, this is a moving memoir by the man who earned the love and respect of the men of Easy Company???and who is a hero to new generations worldwide.

  • Blood Meridian

    An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the “wild west.” Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving

  • Brave Men

    Europe was in the throes of World War II, and when America joined the fighting, Ernie Pyle went along. Long before television beamed daily images of combat into our living rooms, Pyle???s on-the-spot reporting gave the American public a firsthand view of what war was like for the boys on the front. Pyle followed the soldiers into the trenches, battlefields, field hospitals, and beleaguered cities of Europe. What he witnessed he described with a clarity, sympathy, and grit that gave the public back home an immediate sense of the foot soldier???s experience.,There were really two wars, John Steinbeck wrote in Time magazine: one of maps and logistics, campaigns, ballistics, divisions, and regiments and the other a “war of the homesick, weary, funny, violent, common men who wash their socks in their helmets, complain about the food, whistle at Arab girls, or any girls for that matter, and bring themselves through as dirty a business as the world has ever seen and do it with humor and dignity and courage???and that is Ernie Pyle???s war.” This collection of Pyle???s columns detailing the fighting in Europe in 1943???44 brings that war???and the living, and dying, moments of history???home to us once again.

  • Brothers Forever

    Four weeks after Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, the President of the United States stood in Arlington National Cemetery. In his Memorial Day address, he extolled the courage and sacrifice of the two young men buried side by side in the graves before him: Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL. Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two best friends and former roommates were now buried together??????brothers forever.???,Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis???s father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation???s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan???s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travis???s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan???s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend???s death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, , is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.

  • By Honor Bound

    In April of 1972, SEAL Lieutenant Tom Norris risked his life in an unprecedented ground rescue of two American airmen who were shot down behind enemy lines in North Vietnam, a feat for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor–an award that represents the pinnacle of heroism and courage.,Just six months later, Norris was sent on a dangerous special reconnaissance mission that would take his team deep into enemy territory. On that mission, they engaged a vastly superior force. In the running gun battle that ensued, Lieutenant Norris was severely wounded; a bullet entered his left eye and exited the left side of his head. SEAL Petty Officer Mike Thornton, under heavy fire, fought his way back onto a North Vietnamese beach to rescue his officer. This was the first time Tom and Mike had been on a combat mission together. Mike’s act of courage and loyalty marks the only time in modern history that the Medal of Honor has been awarded in a combat action where one recipient received the Medal for saving the life of another.,By Honor Bound is the story of Tom Norris and Mike Thornton, two living American heroes who grew up very differently, entered military service and the Navy SEAL teams for vastly different reasons, and were thrown together for a single combat mission–a mission that would define their lives from that day forward.

  • Colder Than Hell

    During the early, uncertain days of the Korean War, World War II veteran and company lieutenant Joe Owen saw firsthand how the hastily assembled mix of some two hundred regulars and raw reservists hardened into a superb Marine rifle company known as Baker-One-Seven.,As comrades fell wounded and dead around them on the frozen slopes above Korea’s infamous Chosin Reservoir, Baker-One-Seven’s Marines triumphed against the relentless human-wave assaults of Chinese regulars and took part ??in the breakout that destroyed six to eight divisions of Chinese regulars. COLDER THAN HELL paints a vivid, frightening portrait of one of the most horrific infantry battles ever waged.

  • Company Commander

    As a newly commisioned Captain of a veteran Army regiment, MacDonald’s first combat was war at its most hellish???the Battle of the Bulge. In this plain-spoken but eloquent narrative, we live each minute at MacDonald’s side, sharing in all of combat’s misery, terror, and drama. How this green commander gains his men’s loyalty in the snows of war-torn Europe is one of the great, true, unforgettable war stories of all time.

  • Conversations with Major Dick Winters

    On the hellish battlefields of World War II Europe, Major Dick Winters led his Easy Company???the now-legendary Band of Brothers???from the confusion and chaos of the D-Day invasion to the final capture of Hitler???s Eagle???s Nest.,Winters was a quiet, reluctant hero whose modesty and strength drew the admiration of not only his men, but millions worldwide. Now comes the story of his last years as witnessed and experienced by his good friend Cole C. Kingseed. ,Kingseed shares the formative experiences that made Winters such an effective leader. He addresses Winters???s experiences and leadership during the war, his intense, unbreakable devotion to his men, his search for peace both without and within after the war, and how fame forced him to make adjustments to an international audience of well-wishers and admirers, even as he attempted to leave a lasting legacy before joining his fallen comrades. Following Winters???s death on January 2, 2011, the outpouring of grief and adulation for one of this nation???s preeminent leaders of character, courage, and competence showed just how much of an impact Dick Winters left on the world.

  • De Re Militari

    De Re Militari (Concerning Military Affairs), written in the 5th century by Vegetius and translated from the original Latin, is a treatise on warfare in the Roman world and is vital reading for any modern student of the subject as it clearly outlines the methods and practices of the type of warfare waged by the Roman Empire at the height of its power. So influential was Vegetius’ book that it was considered as an essential field-guide well into the age of gunpowder. The author covers a broad range of military topics including the selection of personnel suitable for military service, training, logistics and supply, the qualities of leadership and command as well as tactical and strategic matters.

  • Everyday Heroes

    In this moving collection of first-person accounts, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces take us inside life in the military and share their personal stories of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice.,What does it mean to serve? Bestselling author Jody Mitic brings together veterans and active military personnel from across Canada to tell us, in their own words, what it means to answer the call of duty.,Meet the World War II bomb aimer whose plane engines failed over Hamburg during a raid, the naval signalman who patrolled heavily bombarded waters in Southeast Asia during the Korean War, and the unarmed peacekeeper who found himself standing on a road riddled with mines in Rwanda. From the young recruit who marched over thirty kilometres on what turned out to be a broken leg to prove her mettle, to the three brothers in arms who endured a summer of relentless fighting in Afghanistan, this collection captures the pain and sacrifice, the risks and rewards of standing on guard for Canada.,Featuring stories of courageous rescues, bravery in the face of conflict, and camaraderie at home and overseas, Everyday Heroes is an authentic and stirring look inside the hearts and minds of the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces. These stories will make you proud to be a Canadian.

  • Excursion to Hell

    Vincent Bramley’s account of his experiences in the Falklands campaign is a universal story that transcends time and place. Such stories are rarely committed to paper and never as candidly as this. Mount Longdon will stand as the testament of common soldiers throughout history, caught up in wars not of their own making, of how they cope – or in many cases fail to cope – with fatigue, fear, aggression, carnage and death. It is a story filled with compassion and brutality in almost equal measure. Most of all it is a story of confusion – confusion in the heat of battle and confusion in the hearts and souls of ordinary men.,Lance-Corporal Vincent Bramley is one of the few soldiers from the ranks to write of his experiences in battle in the Falkland Islands. In retelling what happened to him and his fellow paratroopers during the bloody battle of Mount Longdon, he comes closer than any previous writer to exposing the effect that the prospect of dying and the reality of killing has on a common soldier. Different men react differently to these most bewildering of circumstances.,Vincent Bramley dispassionately describes behaviour of every kind from that of those who disappeared to avoid carnage, through those who – like himself – obeyed orders, faced death and did their share of killing, to those who became brutalized in the heat of battle and killed and maimed the enemy unnecessarily.

  • Fields of Fire

    Hailed as the most important novel to emerge from the Vietnam War when first published in 1978, this book launched a spectacular writing career for James Webb that now includes four bestselling novels. A much-decorated former Marine who fought and was wounded in Vietnam, Webb tells the story of a platoon of tough, young Marines enduring the tropical hell of Southeast Asian jungles while facing an invisible enemy–in a war no one understands. Filled with the sounds and smells of combat, it is nevertheless a book about people, an amazing variety of closely observed characters caught up in circumstances beyond their control. It is a powerful work that brilliantly expresses the basic ambiguity of war: the repulsion of war’s destruction contrasted with the grisly attraction of war as the ultimate test of survival. Critics have compared this bestselling first novel to All Quiet on the Western Front and The Naked and the Dead, among other masterpieces, for authentically capturing the fury and agony of combat.,This is the real war in Vietnam, told without histrionics or self pity. For many years the novel has been a part of the recommended reading list of the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Forgotten Highlander

    ???Riveting, powerful, moving.??????The Observer, ???Compelling . . .A book that must be read.??????Daily Mail. A story of almost unimaginable suffering.??? –BBC Radio 4. ???Urquhart grabs our attention with unforgettable stories.??????Minneapolis Star-Tribune,This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with death???encounters which killed nearly all his comrades. Silent for over fifty years, this is Alistair Urquhart???s extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale of survival against the odds.,Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious ???death railway??? and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese ???hellships??? which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on board???but not Urquhart.,He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bomb???dropped just ten miles away.,In late August 1945, now a barely-living skeleton, he was freed by the American Navy and was able to bathe for the first time in three and a half years.