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The Trident : The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader - Jason Redman

The Trident

The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader


Published: 19th November 2013
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There already are many books on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be more, including by those who experienced the fire of combat. This story, though, is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself and his ultimate victory. I believe his story will inspire the reader, just as it did me.

—from the introduction by Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense

Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range.

During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived.

Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.

About the Author

John R. Bruning is the coauthor of the criti-cally acclaimed Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) and of House to House (with David Bellavia). He wrote dispatches from the field while embedded with an infantry unit in post-Katrina New Orleans, and received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense for an article he wrote while embedded with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade's TF-Brawler in Afghanistan. He lives in Oregon.

Jason Redman is a former lieutenant who spent eleven years as an enlisted navy SEAL, and almost ten years as a SEAL officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons. After being severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, Redman returned to active duty before ultimately retiring in 2013. He is the founder of Wounded Wear, a nonprofit corporation that helps warriors rediscover the hero within through clothing, events, and opportunities, and he speaks about motivation and leadership across the country. He lives with his family in Virginia.

"As a SEAL operator, I had the honor of serving with some of the best warriors and leaders in the United States military. Jay Redman's humble and direct account of his journey ... is remarkable. His life is the epitome of the 'Never Quit' spirit." -- Marcus Luttrell, New York Times bestselling author of Lone Survivor and Service "The Trident is a riveting, brutally honest and heartfelt story of a warrior's journey to hell and back. It's one of the best memoirs about love, combat and triumph against all odds that we've seen in a generation." -- Sean Parnell, New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon "[A] book all leaders and aspiring leaders should read; both military and civilian--not only for the heart-pounding ride-along into battle, but for the inspiring reminder that a warrior's strength and tenacity comes not from his physical stature but from his family and from within." -- Eric Blehm, New York Times bestselling author of Fearless "This story is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself, and his ultimate victory. [Redman's] story will inspire the reader, just as it did me." -- Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense, from his Introduction "Lt. Redman doesn't hide anything ... Only an intensely personal account like this can show us what he and thousands of others like him have gone though, and will continue to struggle with, for the rest of their lives." -- Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Exit Plan "The Trident is a frank, compelling and inspiring chronicle of an American warrior's journey." -- Washington Times

ISBN: 9780062208316
ISBN-10: 0062208314
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th November 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 16.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.58