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THESE THINGS WE DO,
THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
THESE THINGS WE DO,
THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
This book shows what it truly means to be hero. Jack Brehm takes you through his crazy life as a pararescue jumper, and shows you what it means to risk everything so that other people can have everything. From twenty six thousand foot jumps, to being lowered from a plane into brutal ocean storm conditions, Brehm demonstrates exactly what it means to live out the PJ motto, "That others may live." The book takes you through Brehm's account, in a well organized and fascinating sequence of events that kept me wanting more and more.
In 1977, Jack was a scrawny red headed kid who decides to take a shot at joining the hardest branch of the air force, the PJ's. He has no idea what he is getting into, and he doesn't realize that he is about to go through Superman School, where only one out of ten candidates will themselves through the intense physical and mental stress. He graduates, and gets sent to the Pipeline which is a succession of different schools, that define what it really means to be a PJ. The Pipeline consists of scuba school, jump school, free fall school, survival school, paramedic school, and helicopter dunker training. PJ's learn in eighteen months what it might take someone from the Navy maybe six years. Brehm pushes through the Pipeline, becoming a PJ. The rest of his story deals with the intense missions that Jack faces throughout his career, and what it's like to have a family and a job that potentially might never allow them to see him again.
I really like how his story emphasizes what the military is really all about. From the perspective of someone who is in military, it gives a clear picture on the fact that these people love their jobs and they would never trade it for anything in the world. Even though it may scare them to death that they may never see their families again, they know that what they are doing is worth doing, because it's serving a greater purpose. The major message from this book is realizing that there are people risking everything just so that maybe one person can live. Within that is true honor. I really liked how the book takes you through the vivid process of becoming a PJ, and the emphasis on connecting Brehm's family life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have some solid insight on the military without the opinion of the media.
I loved this book. The way that it told the story of the PJ's that went out during the "Perfect Storm" just made my day. This book inspired me so much, making me wish that i could go through and become a P.J. I loved that it was written by a first hand P.J, not someone who was standing on the sidelines watching it happen. It was all first hand material, and it was amazing. If you love action, but don't always like the blood and gore, than this is definitely the book for you. It is such a good mixture of the military life along with the family life on the side, showing both sides of the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2000
This book was awesome.Being someone just out of college and sick of reading, it was fun to read a book about a bunch of hard core military guys jumping out of planes, surviving the elements, and getting into drunken brawls. A must read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 1999
This action-packed, testosterone loaded, edge-of-your-seat-can't-put-it-down thriller was the best thing I've read all year. Any man who enjoys four-wheelin', poker-dealin', and bbq eatin'will feel right at home in the pages of 'That Others May Live'. What Waiting to Exhale did for the ladies, Nelson does for real men.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 1999
That Others May Live is a true account of the twenty year career of Jack Brehm, a pararescue jumper, or PJ, an elite force of highly trained men who perform daring rescues on mountains, oceans, and most notably behind enemy lines during conflicts around the world. The thrilling rescue accounts in this book make it a definitive page turner. This is also the story of a wife and five children who don't just wait for Dad to get home by 5 o'clock, but pray he gets home in one piece. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book about a man devoted to family and country. As far as I'm concerned, this puts 'A Perfect Storm' to shame.
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