The Trident by Jason Redman
The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

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A curiously unsatisfying memoir of personal development through service in an elite military team, introspective but not very insightful.
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Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range.

During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived.

Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.

 

About Jason Redman

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Former LT Jason Redman spent eleven years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and almost ten years as a SEAL Officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon (two awards). After being severely wounded in Iraq, Redman returned to active duty before retiring in 2013. He is the founder of Wounded Wear, a non-profit corporation that helps Warriors rediscover the Hero Within through clothing, events, and opportunities, and gives motivation, leadership, and team building speeches across the country. He lives with his family in Virginia..
 
Published November 5, 2013 by William Morrow. 595 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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on Oct 28 2013

A curiously unsatisfying memoir of personal development through service in an elite military team, introspective but not very insightful.

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Reviewed by Paul Davis on Dec 22 2013

“The Trident” is a not only a tale of a Navy SEAL in action and his grueling medical recovery after being wounded. The book is also a touching story of Lt. Redman’s love for his wife and children and their vital support during his recuperation.

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