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The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

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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 phy ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by William Morrow (first published July 15th 2013)
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Paul Kratochwill
Jul 06, 2014 Paul Kratochwill rated it really liked it
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This was a good book for an military outsider to read. As a military insider, I found that Jason Redman did not drill down too deep into the details of the particulars of his training and education as a Navy SEAL, but he presented enough detail that you were not wondering what he left out in his book. Most of the SEALs I knew and know are like what Jason became after he made a serious tactical error during a mission in Afghanistan. In the military, and certainly in the SEAL community, you had to ...more
Noah W
Dec 15, 2013 Noah W rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
My favorite military and leadership book of the year.

Military Element:
Redman and Bruning capture the adrenaline of the moment while retaining critical details that keep the reader engaged. This book also did not spend half the book recounting BUD/s & Hell Week like most Navy SEAL memoirs; although I believe Redman's perspective would have been extremely insightful.

Leadership Element(Spoilers):
This side of the story is what makes this book stand above the rest. The book tracks Redman's caree
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Shaun
Feb 25, 2014 Shaun rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome and really hit home with me. It's not your typical Navy SEAL, train hard, learn a bunch of stuff, then do amazing things for our country. It's truly one man's journey to becoming a true leader and the amazing and hard lessons he learned along the way. He initially wants to become a Navy SEAL because of the cool guy factor. I think many are drawn to this aspect of the Navy SEALs. It's tough training and he's a small (skinny) guy, but he guts it out and makes it. He eventuall ...more
John
Nov 23, 2013 John added it
An impressive story of a man and what he goes through in terms of personal and professional growth. These are the people we should be thanking for all that we have.
Chris Ross
This is an amazing book. I am glad Jason wrote it and I agree with many things he says in the book about most American's being more concerned about what Paris Hilton had for breakfast than the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and I believe this is a shame. Jason, thank you for serving our country and fighting for our freedom and the freedom of the Afghani people and the Iraqi people. Thank you for making wounded wear and for what you are doing for our returning combat veterans. Not everyone wants to ...more
Jan Mcclung-short
Aug 04, 2015 Jan Mcclung-short rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the life of a Navy Seal. This book deals with the life and growth of a leader. Being a Seal is hard enough, but learning the leadership role of dealing with all type A personalities is extra hard. The author tells of his journey through all the trials of Seal life. From the very beginning where he is a scranny kid with a dream till he is a leader worried about the brotherhood and leading his team to battle the enemy....whoever they may be. Until he is battling the deamins th ...more
David
Mar 09, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Navy SEAL Jason Redman uses his experience in the SEALs to show how servant leadership is the only truly effective long term way to lead. His story of toughness in battle and recovery from injury is inspiring. It's a page turner.
Jason
Feb 22, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
Redman's mistakes in leadership while in the SEAL teams are not uncommon from those made by many other people in this world. While I would never suggest that the consequences of those choices are always of the same magnitude as those faced by operators on specialized teams like the SEALS, he's not alone. I applaud his ability to be introspective in this book, as it takes a great man to admit his faults, but even an even greater man to do something about them. The fact that he is willing to share ...more
John
May 15, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, biography
There are many books out there that provide a first person narrative of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and they are generally quite good. That said, I would say this one might be one of the best I have read in a while. Not only is this a narrative of Jay's time in the war but it goes farther into his struggles as a leader in the SEALs, his work to earn back his comrade's trust and then his recovery through the horrific injuries he suffered during a firefight, a week or so before he was to ship ...more
Judith
Aug 30, 2014 Judith rated it it was amazing
Excellent story. It follows Redman through marital issues, hospitalizations from combat injuries. He shares stories about his hospital experiences, many combat experiences and how all that affected his marriage and his children. He has a co-author who helped him during his recovery and with writing events of his recovery processes.

I kept closing the book and couldn't sleep. I HAD to know how this man's story was going to end before I could get him out of my mind.

It's sentimental, its sections of
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Susana
Feb 10, 2016 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written book about a hard transition from enlisted to commissioned navy seal officer and eventual life transforming physical sacrifice in the name of a war not easily acknowledged at home. Brave story of learning from one's errors and learning the quality of humility. To some it comes naturally, to others, like Redman, it needs to be acquired, forged and reforged.

On another note, his love story with Erica, as told throughout the book, is an inspiration in itself. Unconditional love is
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James
Mar 24, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Great story. I actually read this book during one of the darkest periods of my life. It was one of the best things I could have done. To read his story is to feel like you were beside him as he overcame again and again. This book helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and has helped me have a positive attitude ever since. Want a great story, read this book. Want to overcome the blues or self pity, read this book. Want to know that there are still American's who have the courage, dev ...more
Mike Eakins
Apr 02, 2015 Mike Eakins rated it it was amazing
I normally don't get down with reads like this, but I just picked it up one day while at sea and just could not put it down. The way LT Redman describes his tours overseas, from enlisted to commission, internal struggles with being in the military and the demons that go along with this way of life is life in its purest form. You don't have to be in the military to appreciate the book. If you want a great life adventure and something to help you put life in perspective, I suggest giving the book ...more
Glenda
Jun 14, 2015 Glenda rated it really liked it
A personal accounting of his experience as a SEAL, but somewhat more revealing in that its also a story about everything he did wrong - and what he learned from - along the way.

His conviction, his attitude, his strength of character - I'm in awe. He survived circumstances that the majority of us cannot even imagine, and yet he still manages to still be positive. But he doesn't sugarcoat that this is daily ongoing struggle.

This is definitely a must read for those who want more of the personal s
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a.t.m.
Jun 28, 2014 a.t.m. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read about the life of a seal.

by far the most complicated book I have read recently about one of our elite warriors belonging to a very elite warrior organization. The author spares nothing and allows the reader to make his own conclusions, especially, when it comes to his pride and ego. His wife is his "rock" and she should be allowed to write her own story about living with a navy seal in a time filled with deployments, raising kids on your own, and the threat of him not coming hom
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Ken
Jan 05, 2014 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author, Jason Redman wrote such inspirational things that I made notes: Leaders must straddle a fence, to be great. On one side of the fence is deferring decisions to your superior and on the other side is being friends with those under you. The great leader knows when it is best to engage either side, but in general they stay in the middle of the two dynamics. Another note I made was about a question posed to him, when he was faced with a career ending situation. He was asked, "Did you join ...more
gary d phillips
Jun 15, 2014 gary d phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I will be recommending it with fervor!









This was not the light summer read I went in search of yesterday. It will not soon be forgotten, though, as I read it in two days time! Thank you Jason Redman for a very personal and tortuous journey to manhood. Trident, though I knew it to reflect the Navy SEALS, was an unexpected surge into the great price wars cost our people. The price of our freedom and security here at home is painfully spelled out in graphic details. I hope all ages of folks ta
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Nate
Jul 22, 2015 Nate rated it liked it
I was expecting a book about leadership and about 25% of it had a really good story of failed leadership and how he came back to overcome it. The other 75% was over-detailed personal stories, war stories, and recovery from battle injury stories. Not what I was expecting. The leadership part it had was pretty good. It made the point of staying humble and willing to learn as a leader. It's not about you and your ego, it's about whatever it takes to make the team succeed. He also talked about ridin ...more
Donna
Jul 08, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the one book every American needs to read.

Having read many books written by and about these wars of our generation, this one stands tall above the rest. His ability to look inward and admit publicly and without excuse, how his own pride, stubbornness and failures caused him to have to essentially start over, are lessons we can all learn from, and hopefully pass on to the young people we sometimes lead. This book was a perfect balance of the things he learned about himself in combat, as w
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J. Calcano
May 22, 2015 J. Calcano rated it really liked it
This is a book that will help people learn about themselves as much as it helps them understand Lieutenant Redman and the mentality of Navy Seals, those who support them and the responsibilities inherent in the field. I believe it would have been more helpful, more able to convey its meanings, if the formatting had been a little more lineal at the 'critical point' I previously mentioned. It made that area confusing. Besides that, it was a seriously good read that I will continue to come back to ...more
C.S. Wilson
Jan 19, 2014 C.S. Wilson rated it it was amazing
I will be reading this book repeatedly. It touched my soul.

I think most everybody has seen "the sign on the door", the sign written by a wounded Navy SEAL that essentially said that he didn't want pity, he wanted good vibes and happiness to help him heal. This book is his story, but it's not about how he was wounded; it's about becoming a leader. The story of how he got wounded and saved by his teammates could have been very different had he not learned how to be an effective leader who was resp
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Ginger King
Jan 28, 2015 Ginger King rated it it was amazing
For me, Jason Redman opening up his own “inner world” from early desires for the Trident to his willingness to expose to the world his shortcomings and recovery process in this book in such an emotionally transparent way proves to me one of the reasons his life was spared. His story needed to be shared and his service and voice were needed for our veterans today. Jason earns my respect not only for having earned the Trident and surviving Ranger school and his wounds. He earns my respect for remo ...more
Tina
Sep 30, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating and couldn't put it down. The book is action packed but is also filled with real emotion. As a non military woman, it gave an intimate look into the sacrifices our troops make for us everyday. There were such valuable gems of leadership principles scattered throughout. The author lays bare his faults that nearly cost him his career and other's lives...and how he learned and rose from those to finally achieve great success. His ability to tell it like it is was refre ...more
Sarah Eiseman
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah Eiseman rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-memoir
Originally posted on sarahsbookshelf.com:

Not too long ago a poster had been making the rounds on Facebook. If you see the text it might ring a bell but the basic premise was that he didn’t want, or need, your pity to recover. He needed positive support and optimism. The man who wrote that sign was Lt. Jason Redman, a (now) retired U.S. Navy SEAL. In his memoir, Redman recounts his career leading up to his injuries, as well as his family’s support through his subsequent healing and reconstruction
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Jacqueline Jones
Lessons Worth Learning

This book gives a deep analysis of what makes a warrior tick. The authors are brutally honest about the horrors of war, along with supporting the necessity of defending freedom. The story of Jay Redmond's personal trials and tribulations is compelling. His metamorphosis of being severely wounded and disabled to discovering purpose and productivity again is extremely awe inspiring. Don't reject this as just another blood and guts tale of combat. It is much, much more than th
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Doug
Feb 01, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it
For me this was the story of a man first hooked into the myth of 'cool' military life. What makes the story quite good is that he does come to realize what he's done and with the same singleminded dedication with which he first pursued 'cool' he then works to correct the issue. He's not able of course to correct all of his issue, but it's my belief that as he comes to see them clearly he will be able to fix other issues as well.

This biography/life laid out a great example of courage, humbleness
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Mb
Dec 03, 2013 Mb rated it really liked it
Very good book on a number of levels. Redman's honesty in dealing with his own immature approach to leading men, is noteworthy for any of us who either strive for, or are put into a position of leadership. If at any time you become impressed with your leadership, you are probably leading poorly. Very few men have the innate ability to lead well. Redman proves it can be learned, usually through a massive dose of humility.

If you haven't spent at least a few minutes on a regular basis remembering t
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Albert Town
Mar 01, 2015 Albert Town rated it really liked it
Lt. Redman journey is one of adventure, growth and hope. While a young lad, Lt. Redman joins the Seals teams;yet, he is quite confident to the point that he is shunned by his brothers. Given a chance, not certain which number, Lt. Redman does what would be an impossible task- he regains the confidence of his brother but not after taking some hard knocks in the process. Inspiring read. Thank you Lt. Jason Redman for your service.
Dave
Jan 29, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing
Though it appears it took me forever to read this book, that was only because I picked it up after seeing his letter from the management on social media, and then decided to read other genres, until I picked it up to read about a month ago. I quickly got into the book and read it over the course of a few weeks.

I really enjoyed it, and it was interesting to read his journey, especially the mistakes he made and how he (eventually) addressed them. All too often these days we just see people never l
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Blaine Strickland
I read this book in one sitting - once the story gripped me, I wanted to finish it. It is really two stories - the morphing of a talented young man capable of performing as a SEAL into a self-reflective leader, and then the story of a wounded warrior who recovers with the amazing support of his wife. This book probably has several audiences - young men, seasoned men and women of all ages.
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