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The Ranger Way: Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Discover the USA Today bestselling self-help memoir from a former Army Ranger, a hero of the 2012 Benghazi siege, and the subject of the book and movie 13 Hours, as he shares life-changing lessons of discipline, motivation, success, and peace.

Thousands of people have heard Kris "Tanto" Paronto speak about his experiences in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. But before he was
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Center Street
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Charity Andrews
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Of course you have heard about what happened in Benghazi and I’m sure you probably saw the movie 13 Hours too. (If not, it’s free on Amazon Prime right now!) For most of us, it is one of the biggest scandals of the decade. For those that lived it, it was one of the bravest acts of the century.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto is one of the six elite soldiers that protected and saved the lives of many of our American citizens that September 11th night in 2012. He was an ex Army Ranger that helped to ward off
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The militarily trained mind is definitely a superior way of thinking. Anyone can implement the principles found in this book, but it takes humility and self-discipline. Many people do not realize that humility is an incredible strength not a weakness. Through humility we see ourselves as we truly are and therefore can identify and begin working on our weak areas. So, I have created my own SOP and have begun working on one of my weak areas. On the days that I want to quit or fudge a bit on the SO ...more
Joan Kerr
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ranger way

Great book....why are Obama and Hillary still around! Don't have a brain between them! I'm sorry they were so "afraid" to give the order to save your friends and others! Obama is Muslim... that was kept secret....never should have been elected! As far as Hillary...I'm so thrilled she lost!!!!
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I love reading books about our military, and I am kind of a sucker for self improvement books, so this one hit the nail on the head for me! This is not a step-by-step manual for self improvement, but more of a suggestion on how you can use some of the Ranger principles to move yourself forward. I enjoyed reading it, and got some useful perspective out of it – I have recently been evaluating wh
Zach Reisen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ranger Way By Kris Paronto
Imagine if you had a how to book on what you want to do with your life. This is what Kris Paronto gave me with his book The Ranger Way, his book gave me a little insight on what it takes to be a Ranger and how to tackle different obstacles that will appear on your way to your goals and dreams. The book follows Kris’s life through his hardships, failures, and achievements. Kris uses different chapters to explain and show how the different things he learned becoming a
Josie Shears
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best read of the year

This book. Is an excellent read for hall who love the country e we live in. To know from those who lived through the Bengaucsie attack. This should break the hearts of those in barge. When the stand down order was given the here special forces ready to go in and save those in harms way, e they were ready to disregard that order, they were reviving calls to please come in and save us, you promised us you would come if we called for support. Then after two more delays they
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
There should be a field of study called "Grit-a-logy": The study of mental toughness and how it's cultivated. My inspiration for reading books like this one come from a deep sense of admiration for people who devoted their developing that raw inner strength. Grit isn't given, it demands a steep price of constantly proving one self over and over in the face of adversity. Pushing past limits, finding new challenges and the constant wrestling with one's inner dialogue.

I am on constant look out for
Brian Bateman
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, great concept. I stumbled upon this book and immediately knew I wanted to read it. I'd seen the movie about Benghazi a few months before but didn't put 2 and 2 together until I opened the book and began to read.

The author does a good job describing what it is to be a Ranger. It's so much more than simply doing a tough job. It shows in everything you do and in how you live your life. He kept things simple enough to not bog things down, but went deep enough to fully explain each concep
Adam Greven
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely a strong book. It has a good pace and serves as a solid reference for civilians to military life. If you are looking for a book about the details of September 11, 2012 Benghazi read 13 Hours. If you want to learn about what created the character by which these men lived, read Ranger Way.
Partially “self-help”, partially “biography”, Ranger Way gives you a blueprint to living life to the full. Shit happens, people fail, but if you never quit then you will only grow as a person and be st
Tabitha Rohm
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome book. If you haven't seen the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ... then don't. Read this book first. He will help you to understand so much of what is going on in the movie. I thank God that I read this book before seeing the movie. After reading this book, when you watch the movie, you will honestly feel like you are right there with these guys.

However, the movie nor this book will tell you how Hillary Clinton was at fault of Benghazi if that is the ans
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
After buying a book, I usually don't read it until a couple of months later, but I gave an exception here as I wanted to hear what Paronto had to say about perseverance and his life in the US military. Tanto, a US Army Ranger and the hero of Benghazi, provides 10 principles that any civilian can apply to their lives right away (following your own mission and the importance of matching it to your values and purpose being one of my favorites). Other books written by ex-military types - while inspi ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tanto draws from his experience to deliver how to live a more purposeful life. I was expecting this to follow the format of the books by most other service members, but it's far from it. Yes, he does write about his experience as a Ranger, largely in training, and provides more detail to the events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, but the larger takeaways are the lessons that he passes along to the reader
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book on the importance of keeping the right mindset when going through life from Kris Paronto, one of the survivors of the attack of the Benghazi consulate on September 11th, 2012. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook as it is read by the author and feels so much more powerful as Kris relates his personal experiences and conveys some powerful lessons using his own life as examples. A must-listen for sure.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you

Thank you for your service and your courage. You may never read this but if you do please know your words helped me remember who I am and just so you know I and many others never once doubted you or your brothers - we stand more united than many would believe. God Bless and stay safe.
Peter Harrington
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book on Leadership and how to survive no matter what your trying to survive. Kris Paronto's book utilizes the training he received as a U.S. Army Ranger to show how you survive by taking things step by step, never surrendering, and being a Team Player. In sum he shows you how living the Ranger Creed can help you in your daily life. RLTW
Michelle Gravert
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
Very good book. He applies lessons he learned as a ranger to real life. I was in the middle of a leadership course while reading this and I was able to apply some of the lessons he teaches within the book to my course work.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent view into what it takes to be a Ranger and what happens during military missions. Any ordinary person can certainly incorporate the positive Ranger Code into their lifestyle. Thank you for your service...this was an awesome and inspiring read.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspirational book that shows that not all optical are overcome on the first attempt, and that even people that achieve great things have set backs and fail. Great read with a lot of inspirational thoughts and ideas. Kris Paronto is easy to relate to making the book even better for me.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
"We need to be less political", followed by political stuff on and on.
Every chapter he mentions at least once how great America is.
The rest of the book is just some really really basic stuff translated in military terms. A goal is called an mission for example.
Michael Goldstein
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed learning about his past and some snippets of what Ranger training was like.

I enjoyed learning about his past and some snippets of what Ranger training was like. Not the best leadership book I’ve read.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting look into what it takes to be an Army Ranger, and ways to apply how they live and work to everyday life. Never quit, never give up!
Juan Duarte
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Excellent read. Starts off slow, but stay with it it gets better. The descriptions of ranger school and Benning bring back some fun and painful memories.
Ken Hamner
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Highly recommended.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc-read
I won this book through Goodreads. Sigh..... Loved. So heartwarming and brave. A wonderful book depicting some heros.
Douglas R Hofstetter
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Ash Wilson
I’m going to put this out there right off the bat - I LOVE Tanto! Met him at Embry Riddle in Prescott during his “13 Hours” speaking tour and I was just absolutely in awe to be in the presence of such a classy, classy true life hero. (Also, when he signed my “13 Hours” book & I took a picture with him, he complimented my Castiel “Supernatural” phone case & said he is a big fan of the show too. One of my real life heroes complimenting my fictional tv heroes. Could it GET any better?!)

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