The book's subject came across as both a heroic instrument of US policy and its best and as a real person. He was a man who aggressively for terrorists and who enjoyed a bubble bath to relax. He also taught me the value of aspiring to a BIG goal rather than automatically defaulting to the value of a pragmatic, step-by-step progression. Already in his mid-20s, he was a college dropout with a long criminal record and a serious drug problem. Still, his aspiration wasn't a "normal" stable life but to place himself among the elite of the elite as a Navy SEAL.