The Blue Cascade by Mike Scotti

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One Marine’s story of how his ability to channel his military training into several important civilian endeavors shows how the discipline and fraternity of the Marines can overcome post-deployment stresses.
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Sometimes the hardest battle is the one after the war. As one of the soldiers on the front line of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lieutenant Scotti was taught that weakness is what gets you killed: no hesitation, focus your energies on your objective, and complete the mission. Upon returning from war, Scotti approached his new life the same way. He ignored the creeping depression and numbness he called "The Blue Cascade" and charged ahead toward his goal to get an MBA, secure a high-paying finance job, and retire young and rich. But he was being eaten away inside, and scenes of drunken emotion and raging violence were becoming more and more frequent. Years after returning from active combat, he eventually found himself contemplating suicide. Through a series of powerful events, Scotti was ultimately able to find a path to healing and begin his journey back to life, finally emerging with the following wisdom for fellow sufferers of post-traumatic stress: It's ok if you are not ok.
 

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Mike Scotti joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves while still an undergraduate at the University of Miami, Florida. After graduation, Scotti attended the Marine Corp's Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned a second lieutenant, and served four years on active duty as an artillery officer and platoon commander in the First Marine Division. After being honorably discharged from active duty, Scotti attended the New York University Stern School of Business, where he received a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. Mike Scotti is the subject of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary film Severe Clear, which was created from the extensive video journals he kept while serving in Iraq.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on May 07 2012

Rather than accept the golden handcuffs of Wall Street, Scotti instead embraced his true work: helping veterans find the courage to express the unspeakable pains of war they carried like lead weights in their hearts. An unapologetic gut-wrencher of a book.

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Reviewed by Martha Bauder on Aug 22 2012

One Marine’s story of how his ability to channel his military training into several important civilian endeavors shows how the discipline and fraternity of the Marines can overcome post-deployment stresses.

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