Jul 15, 12
Read from July 01 to 07, 2012
Unlike some books of this genre that turn out to be over-hyped, I found this memoir by SEAL commando Howard Wasdin to be very enjoyable and sincere. Wasdin served for several years as a member of a highly elite unit of U.S. Navy special operators based on the east coast and writes very lucidly about the training, tradeoffs, and ultimately very high price he paid to do that work. The book contains a very interesting account of his service in Somalia in the early 1990s as a part of Operation Gothic Serpent, most famously portrayed by Mark Bowden in "Blackhawk Down," but presented a little bit differently in this book. As they say, "the brightest flame burns quickest," and Wasdin, who had catapulted to the top of his profession as a sniper in only a few short years before long was physically unable to keep up with the ultra-high demands of the job after being shot several times in Somalia. In the end, he was able to re-create himself outside the military several times, ultimately ending up in a place I did not see coming. A very good book - recommended.