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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5HXAGC
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The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander Audiobook – Unabridged
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I suggest for everybody, for those who are interested about SOF and overall leadership in general.
Thank you for this great book and your service, Mr. Blaber !
It also teaches some good principles, and as they say the toolbox is never full!
I think one of the previous reviewers misunderstood its intended purpose; it is not designed to be the "explosive adventures of one man in war". There are plenty of those already published (and mostly so embellished as to hardly reflect reality, by the way).
Pete Blaber's pedigree is without doubt the "real-deal" and I'm amused that the previous reviewer feels they can be so dismissive from a position of such ignorance.
In the book, the author is more thoughtful and describes a number of real-life scenarios and the lessons that in hindsight he has gained from living through them.
He draws on examples from Delta's involvement in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan to illustrate certain lessons in good leadership and problem solving.
Any leader in the military would gain from reading his powerful (if simple) insights distilled from time on operations.
Blaber is serious, yes, but also pretty humble in comparison to most "explosive, action-packed" SAS authors. Haney's book "Inside Delta Force" is certainly in the tradition of Andy McNab, but you'll find that both have been attacked by their respective Delta and SAS colleagues for sensationalism and fabrication, obviously done because this kind of writing sells books to special ops mass market paperback junkies.
On a final note, the British obsession with desperately asserting the SAS primacy in the special operations world is becoming pathetic. Blaber would not be "laughed out of Sterling Lines"...quite the contrary. There are no two Tier 1 units so closely linked than Delta and the SAS; the mutual respect is endless. People who make these kinds of assertions most likely have never been around the special operations community and know little about the selection, training and operations of these units, other than reading mass market paperbacks targeting insecure male nationalistic egos.