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Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes Hardcover – 7 January 2021
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063046547
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063046542
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Pete Hegseth is the cohost of FOX & Friends Weekend, America’s #1-rated cable morning television show, and provides commentary across all FOX News and FOX Business programming. Hegseth is also the author of the New York Times bestseller American Crusade and In the Arena. He is a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at Guantanamo Bay. He still serves as a major in the Army National Guard. Hegseth is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Jennifer, have seven kids―future modern warriors among them.
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Pete Hegseth, the author, is a veteran of three deployments in the US Army and compiled stories from modern warriors ... The heroes shared some never before seen personal photos at the conclusion. It offers the readers a gritty look into what combat is like, how it affects the individuals (at the time and also later in life), the reasons these warriors joined the military, and their sacrifices made for freedom... So evocative and indeed inspirational to read.
Being a USN Chief Petty Officer (Ret), who served in the Aviation field, LCDR Caroline Johnson, USN, was of particular interest to me. She graduated from the Academy and speaks about the difficult time she had in such a masculine environment. Challenging to say the least and as one might expect, the challenges didn't end there. Attached to VFA-213, she flew 42 combat missions over Iraq and Syria and logged over 900 flight hours. She was a Weapons Systems Officer so back seat position. Incredible to read about their landing on an aircraft carrier one night...which almost didn't happen. This portion tells the difficulties that a female encounters while serving in the military ...
The portion at the end that lists the Organizations for Veterans is a tool that will help fellow veterans...It includes the name of the organization, their mission statement and more information on how to contact. The Awards and Honors for the 15 participants in this book are also listed. This section is impressive to read, as well.
The reader will come away with a new sense of patriotism after reading these heroic stories. The definition of a hero to you may be different than what it is to me...To me, it is displaying exceptional courage when the odds are against you.
One other thing I noticed when reading was that the author nailed the correct acronym for Post Traumatic Stress...Many times it is written as PTSD and was glad to see it written as PTS. LCDR Johnson also had it the same.
All in all an evocative read which was inspirational and engaging.
My highest recommendation for this book.
Am including this memory which really doesn't belong in my review. ..O a personal note, I was honored to have met some true warriors while stationed in Spain. The SEALS used to come for some R & R and I had the privilege of getting to know quite a few. (This should make you smile ..hope it does as it did me when I thought about it). They would come into the club for the Chief Petty Officers with their cover on (hat) and the bartender would 'ring the bell'...That signified that they had to buy a round for all the customers in the CPO club. They knew the rules and so did we. The kidding began and their small group never paid for their drinks ...We took care of our Brothers...Nice memory..
Hegseth and his team at Fox News Books, chose this to be the first book for their publishing efforts and it should serve them well. For the most part, it’s devoid of politics and focuses on the contributions made by these extraordinary young people both during their time of service and what they are doing since. It’s not easy reading but it is well written and will thoroughly captivate. All the horrors these folks have experienced are related without gratuitous description or excessive foul language. With Harper Collins on board, the production value should be first rate; this type of book is their forte. I found no errors in my Kindle edition.
The book is broken down into four sections: Never Give Up, Bearing Witness, Continuing to Serve, Leadership in Life. Each of these has 3 - 5 biographies under them that fall into the heading. There’s a small section of photos at the end that includes a few of Pete as well as a summary of each participants accomplishments, awards, years of
service, etc. A short list of resources and Veteran organizations completes the book.
Every one of these unique characters has shared their love, hope, dedication to fighting for freedom and not just for our country but for others. It’s this spirit of cooperation, mission not me, whatever it takes to succeed, that rings loud and clear from warrior to warrior throughout its pages and makes this book a rare gift for everyone.
We may not all have the call or capability to serve in the military but we do have the ability to find a place in our lives to be inspired by these 15 who did and look for our own opportunities to be “Modern Warriors”📚