The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

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by Jason Redman

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Sean Parnell
The Trident is a riveting, brutally honest and heartfelt story of a warrior’s journey to hell and back. It’s one of the best memoirs about love, combat and triumph against all odds that we’ve seen in a generation.”
Marcus Luttrell
“As a SEAL operator, I had the honor of serving with some of the best warriors and leaders in the United States military. Jay Redman’s humble and direct account of his journey . . . is remarkable. His life is the epitome of the ‘Never Quit’ spirit.”
Eric Blehm
“[A] book all leaders and aspiring leaders should read; both military and civilian—not only for the heart-pounding ride-along into battle, but for the inspiring reminder that a warrior’s strength and tenacity comes not from his physical stature but from his family and from within.”
Robert M. Gates
“This story is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself, and his ultimate victory. [Redman’s] story will inspire the reader, just as it did me.”
Larry Bond
“Lt. Redman doesn’t hide anything . . . Only an intensely personal account like this can show us what he and thousands of others like him have gone though, and will continue to struggle with, for the rest of their lives.”
Washington Times
The Trident is a frank, compelling and inspiring chronicle of an American warrior’s journey.”
Library Journal
Decorated Navy SEAL lieutenant Redman served in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq before leading a mission against al Qaeda in 2007 that left him grievously wounded. During the several years and 37 surgeries he needed to recover, he became famous for the sign on his door at Bethesda Naval Medical Center admonishing visitors not to feel sorry for his wounds. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
In a debut memoir, a young Navy SEAL describes his maturation as a military leader. Redman introduces himself as an arrogant junior SEAL officer who, ignoring contrary orders, went to the aid of comrades under fire in Afghanistan only to learn that his actions actually placed their lives at increased risk. Shunned as a showboating hothead, he was exiled to the Army Rangers for further training. During this time, he came to admit the reality of his shortcomings and acquired a more mature, humble and selfless approach to leadership. He redeemed himself fighting in Iraq until near-fatal injuries required him to take up the physical challenges of recovery and consider his motivations once again. An intensely introspective book, it is less about training and battles, though these are stirringly described, than about Redman's evolving mental state. This is unusual for a combat memoir, as military men are not generally given to such self-awareness, at least in print. As a result, however, the narrative lacks dramatic conflict, as much of the story consists of the author describing his perceptions and internal changes rather than demonstrating them through events. While he is unstinting in his self-criticism, much of the writing otherwise adheres to the tiresome conventions of military adventure: His colleagues are always thoroughly dedicated "warriors" (or, more clinically, "operators") and sterling fellows all, his lovely wife and children are unfailingly and wholeheartedly supportive of whatever he is doing, and so forth, none of which is either credible or perceptive. For all Redman's declarations of newfound humility, it seems that everything is still ultimately about him, even as he struggles through his medical rehabilitation with the single-minded goal of leaving his long-suffering family behind once again to give himself another crack at his nation's foes. A curiously unsatisfying memoir of personal development through service in an elite military team, introspective but not very insightful.

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Meet the Author

Jason Redman is a former lieutenant who 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, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons. After being severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, Redman returned to active duty before ultimately retiring in 2013. He is the founder of Wounded Wear, a nonprofit corporation that helps warriors rediscover the hero within through clothing, events, and opportunities, and he speaks about motivation and leadership across the country. He lives with his family in Virginia.

John R. Bruning is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) and of House to House (with David Bellavia). He wrote dispatches from the field while embedded with an infantry unit in post-Katrina New Orleans, and received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense for an article he wrote while embedded with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s TF-Brawler in Afghanistan. He lives in Oregon.

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The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
T-Meredith More than 1 year ago
A future best seller!! This book has something for everyone!! And I guarantee you will find it to be an emotional roller-coaster! It is highly motivational and provides a glimpse of the inner workings and associated hardships related to being a SEAL and the long road to recovery that our wounded warriors must travel. At its core I found it to be a Love story!! Yep a Love story!! All the way through! Love of country, Love of his warrior brothers and the glue that held him together through the entire journey....The unconditional Love of his wife and family!! What a journey!! I would suggest that it be required reading for anyone that aspires to lead people, as the lessons learned while on his journey to become a leader of highly motivated elite warriors are universal traits required to be an effective leader at any level. Most of us are far to eager to inventory the shortcomings of those around us yet go to great lengths to avoid an inventory of our own! Out of the few that are courageous enough to face mankind's ultimate enemy, SELF, even fewer would be willing to journal the battle and publish it for the entire world to see. I think it's time to walk up and slap MY dragon!! Thank you Jason and Thank you to all that serve!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful Military leadership novel, I was assigned this to read for a social entrepreneurship class, and did not know what I would think of it. However, after diving into it, it was difficult to set back down! It was a great Insight into both his life at home as well as his life overseas. Definitely a must read.
GingerKing More than 1 year ago
For me, Jason Redman opening up his own “inner world” from early desires for the Trident to his willingness to expose to the world his shortcomings and recovery process in this book in such an emotionally transparent way proves to me one of the reasons his life was spared. His story needed to be shared and his service and voice were needed for our veterans today. Jason earns my respect not only for having earned the Trident and surviving Ranger school and his wounds. He earns my respect for remolding his thinking, sharing this story and honoring his wife and family’s sacrifice. He further earned my respect for all he continues to do in service to our country and her wounded veterans. I tend to read the most negative reviews after I finish a book, and I have read the ones posted here for Trident. Ninety percent of them must not have read the synopsis before purchase. Seems they were looking for a commercial type success manual instead of an autobiographical story of how this man reformed his thinking and succeeded in his work and recovery (which he largely credits to others btw). The other ten percent stopped reading or blinded themselves to the rest of the story when Jason openly tells us early on how eager he was for combat and that thinking this way was part of his downfall. Sad really that those readers couldn’t understand; all books are about journeys, and in order to tell where Jason is today he had to tell what he came from and all he went through for us to truly understand the man he is today. That’s what I expected the book to be and it delivered 100%. Thank you Jason for your service and for sharing this with all of us who are so thankful for our freedom and the veterans who helped enable it to continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im actually training to be SWCC. Very little people know this but BUD/S is required for all NAVSOC Units such as SEALs, SWCC, and Navy Divers. After BUD/S SWCC goes to CQT and SEALs go to SQT. SWCC- Special Warfare Combatent-Crewman CQT- Crewman Qualifcation Training SQT- SEAL Qualifcation Training BUD- Basic Underwater Demoltion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the documetrys of navy seals this is my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this to be an uplifting book about the man, his growing process and the love for family, and Country. Would recommend this to anyone who loves our Country and the men and women who have placed their lives on the line for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going through this book gave me the feelings of how much adversity a person can be put through and succeed with a great family network and a Strong community. Truly exemplifies the character of this young SEAL leader and his triumphs and setbacks throughout his career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This warriors journey is incredible and inspiring. A must read. Thank you Jason Redman for sharing your story and allow us to remember why warriors like you exist!! Thank you for our freedom!
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mary29oh More than 1 year ago
Was a wonderful and informative book. I really enjoyed how throughout Jason Redman's journey he would describe all of his emotions both good and bad and how it helped him grow. He also gave due justice to his wife and family and how everything affects them but in turn how a soldiers family handles things also affects the soldier. God bless them all for their sacrifices to keep Americans free.
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I highly recommend this book.  His honest look at himself makes the reader take a look at how they are living and dealing with adversity.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look around At the people near At will become so dearly clear That all good people Have a heart Have a heart Getting off to a good start But all the evil in the world All there meaness all unfurled Have no heart
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Navy ranks and rates: seaman recruit. Seaman apprentice. Seaman. Petty Officer 3rd class. Petty Officer 2nd class. Petty Officer 1st class. Chief Petty Officer. Senoir Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Petty Officer. Warrent Officer 1-5. Ensign. Lieutenant Junior Grade. Lieutenant. Lieutenant Commander. Commander. Captain. Rear Admiral (Lower Half). Rear Admiral (Upper Half). Admiral. SAILORS CREED!! I am a united states sailor. I will support and defend the constitution of the united states and obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represnt the fighting spirit of the navy and those who have gone before to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I am committed to the excellence and fair treatment of all......... I will take charge of this post and all government property in view~A Navy Rotc Student. (im in the next result if there is more questions and im bored...)
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Is that rose, or the other piper? From Doctor
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What the hell happened to you did i miss all the action
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Myth: She sits down.*** Storm: He sits down next to Myth