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The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander

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He survived combat zones around the globe. Now this ex-Delta Force warrior tells civilians what he?s learned.

As a commander of Delta Force?the most elite counter-terrorist organization in the world?Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare?an
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley Hardcover
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Mike
While much of this book is about military action and life within Delta Force, it is mostly about leadership and what it takes to succeed at any endeavor. The author provides an insightful view of the political workings of the military organization during a wartime setting and demonstrates how great people can overcome bureaucracy to achieve the mission.
Chris Coffman
This excellent book is really about how to thrive out on the edge of a high-risk, high-profile career. It's not a book for armchair experts or backseat drivers of whatever stripe, because one of Blaber's key teachings is how to circumvent the kibbutzers and second-guessers in positions of authority, ignore their distractions and overcome their interference, and accomplish the mission.

In fact, while it's a great title, the equation of the "mission", his "men" and himself "me" gives the misleading
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Steven Jr.
Pete Blaber served in the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, more popularly known as Delta Force, and his leadership experiences while with that particular organization make him uniquely qualified to impart wisdom in regards to leadership in combat. His book, THE MISSION, THE MEN, AND ME, does exactly that, with a few key points: don't get treed by a chihuahua; when in doubt, develop the situation; imagine the unimaginable, humor your imagination; always listen to the man on the gr ...more
Mart
This book happens to one of these "bundle packs" - for the price of one, you actually get multiple books, albeit in between the same covers.

Firstly, and most surprisingly, it's a fantastic management and strategy book. It sings the same tune as many modern management and strategy scholars, for instance there are many parallels with "emergent strategy" concepts (Mintzbert, Grant, Eisenhardt et al), and also with the "eight themes" of Peters and Waterman. But it is not only doing a fantastic job
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Jerome
Very interesting. I had read about Blaber elsewhere, and was eager to get his perspective on things.
Blaber is a talented writer. I enjoyed Blaber's fresh, innovative, and novel approach of writing. Instead of just compiling an account of his actions in Delta, Blaber focuses on simple themes, drawing valuable and applicable life lessons from his experiences, which range from hiking to waging war. Blaber offers a series of very helpful lessons and mental frameworks for handling intense, stressful
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Nadir
Blaber's book is a quick and easy read. He uses a series of anecdotes about Delta Force missions and training to lay the groundwork for describing an approach to planning and executing plans that differs from how the "regular" Army does things. Given the material provided, it's hard to argue with his conclusions, but of course, the regular Army commanders who are painted as egotistical blundering idiots aren't around to defend their actions. At face value it's hard to disagree with any of Blaber ...more
Sashank Mohan
One of the best books you can come across or read in the military non-fiction/special operations genre written by former Delta Force Commander Pete Blaber who was not just one of the first americans to step foot on afghan soil post 9/11 but who's actions played a crucial role in devising the strategies to counter the threat of Al Qaeda/Taliban.

While most of the books I read in the military non-fiction/spec ops genre focused on the operations,the pain and toil of training as well as the emotions
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Roger Misso
On a scale from 1 to 10, this book is an 11 with room to spare. Should be required reading for each prospective officer in any service--Pete Blaber worked both joint and combined operations--including any civilian with responsibilities relating to the US military. "The Mission, The Men, and Me" isn't just a title of a book, it's a way to live your life and tackle the day. I could go on for a while about how great this book is, but I'll spare you. Pick this up, read it, and allow it to shape your ...more
Nicolas Adame
The book, The Mission, the men, and me is a true firsthand account of various missions the author, Pete Blaber, a former Army Delta Force commander, lead. To some, that is the allure of the book, but that just barley scrapes the surface. What truly makes this an excellent book is the leadership lessons within it.

To start, the reason I read this book was because of a recommendation from a co-worker regarding books to read for a future in leadership positions. This and other common sense leadershi
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Resonance
Fairly short, yet interesting work from a former Delta commander. Like a lot of people associated with Delta, Blaber is an innovative thinker often frustrated with the hidebound way in which military decisions are made. Although some of the things the book relays are fresh and interesting vignettes from the life of a special forces commander, this book's strength is that, rather than trying to just write a memoir of his time in Delta, Blaber has tried to present his experiences in the unit as a ...more
Evan
if you want a dose of "life lessons" from an elite soldier, mixed in with declassified stories from the "war on terror" and the hunt for Bin Laden, then this is for you.

While it covers the author's extensive military career in a general way and makes light of how incomptently the US military is pursuing our operations, it is a page-turning good read filed with humor, insight, and operational detail that gives you a good window inside US special forces' unusual experiences. A personal, grab-you-
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John Brown
Delta Force is the world's most elite counterterrorist fighting force. Pete Blaber was a Delta Force operator that worked his way up to become a Delta Force commander and took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time.

During his time in uniform, he learned a number of lessons about life, about how we make decisions and act on them. In The Mission, The Men, and Me, Blaber writes about a number of the missions he conducted and the
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Alice
I intensely relished this book, with its stories and life lessons. Originally, I'd picked it up to glean any analogous tactical tips on life and career (cybersecurity, incidentally), and was pleasantly hooked by his lessons and vivid examples. I appreciated the matter-of-factness in the way he presented the information, and the lessons he'd drawn from it all. The author has a love of history and human experience, and it shows; he draws not just from his own experience, but also through the stori ...more
Dwight Acorda
This book is one of my favourites. Since I find military strategies interesting, what I learned from this book is timeless. This book provides meaningful insight into the world of a Delta Force officer and his dealings into his career and personal life.

There are so many practical lessons that I took away from this book. From the title of this book, where the conception of this book is taken from, you'll learn the priorities that Pete Blaber, the author and commander in charge of his Delta Force
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Linda Patino
Yes, another war book indeed! I really enjoyed this book. After reading Lone Survivor and Joker One I was expecting to be taken right into combat again and expecting the same kind of format when it came to telling the story. I was pleasantly surprised when I came to find this book doesn't only tell one but many stories. Pete Blaber is a former Delta Force Commander who recounts several experiences he endured during his career and then reminiscing on the life lesson he learned from each experienc ...more
Anthony Misner
Listen to the boots on the ground

I think that this book is an amazing example of the importance of listening to input from everyone. We each bring a unique view, perceptive, and set of experiences. Share your knowledge with others and listen to others. Then and only then can you make an informed decision.
Ben Radford
Pete Blaber strikes the perfect balance between operational memoir and practical leadership advice accrued from a successful career as a Delta operator in The Mission, the Men, and Me. Superbly written with clarity and in a conversational tone at times, this book is a cut above the myriad other similar works by military officers in the genre. Blaber's intellectual and operational boldness in his resolute adherence to his guiding principles even when up against the rigid command and control milit ...more
Greg Lehman
Blaber presents applicable lessons for approaching any of life's challenges here, coupled with some great war stories and a positive, encouraging attitude. His wisdom is well-earned and clearly communicated, I'd recommend this to anyone.
Dan Parrott
Great book describing some of the pitfalls faced by large bureaucratic organizations and the flexibility needed to overcome obstacles. Very readable.
Ward
There's action, but described from the point of view of a commander (as the title says!). It was a worthwhile read.

I was deeply dismayed at the poor decisions made by higher-ups in the chain of command which ultimately cost lives (Operation Anaconda- Battle of Shahi Khot).
Kevin
One of the better first hand accounts of leadership that I've read.
Matt Sparling
The stories were interesting the "lessons" we're not. Still it is worth the read as it is fairly short.
Sean Stephens
Good leadership book.
David Martin
Excellent book. A must read!
Andrew Horsfield
A good book from the planning side of special operations as opposed to the combat side. In the first few chapters I didn't think I'd be sticking around until the end, but then it started to pick up with interesting insights into the hunt for Bin Laden. The author explains that in his opinion, the hierarchy of the military is a bumbling bureuacracy which hindered the success of Operation Anaconda. He argues for a more ground-up approach to military planning.
Alain Dewitt
Part treatise on leadership and part Special Forces memoir, this is one of the better such books I have read. This is due mainly to the fact that Blaber is a better writer than men such as Charlie Beckwith and Billy Waugh.

While Waugh and Beckwith had great histories to tell, their self-aggrandizing style left me cold. Blaber is much more analytical and takes the focus off himself and his accomplishments, which ended up impressing me all the more.
Andre Zollars
Pete Blaber, a former Delta Force Commander, provides a rare glimpse into the Dark Ops world prior to 9/11 and post 9/11. I was struck mostly by how little we knew about Al Quaeda and Osama Bin Laden's operations prior to 9/11 and how much we've been playing catch-up since. These guys - Delta Force - along with our other elite operatives are true heroes who dedicate themselves to the service of our country and put their lives on the live everyday.
Chris Macdhomnhuill
I found this to be the best set of principles for military leadership I have ever read. Clear and concise rules and some damn interesting antidotes to illustrate them make this an eminently readable book on the normally dry topic of leadership and decision making. I made my lieutenants read this book and they ( mid twenties recent collage grads) all told me that they found it to be useful in helping them to shape their leadership styles as we'll.
Mark
Excellent leadership perspectives for any area of leadership.
Kc Blau
A dear friend assigned me to read this book and since I owed him one, I obliged. Glad I did. I would have probably never picked up this book on my own but it is strewn with words of wisdom very applicable in the business world and all aspects of life. I have posted a more detailed review on my site Life Has No Mistakes, Only Lessons
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