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

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Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for ...

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Overview

Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. 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 one of America's elite fighting forces.

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Library Journal - Audio
★ 04/15/2014
Navy lieutenant Redman was a seasoned SEAL operator in the special operations community. A former enlisted sailor who was commissioned an officer, Redman graduated from U.S. Army Ranger school and completed combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. This autobiography would be very similar to Chris Kyle's American Sniper or Chad Williams's SEAL of God, except that Redman was seriously wounded in 2007 in Iraq and became a symbol for all wounded warriors when he put a sign on his hospital door instructing all who entered not to feel sorry for him. His transition from a rowdy, arrogant, and self-centered guy to a functioning leader and teammate is honest and humbling. His post-wound story is inspiring and simply fascinating. The narration of Erik Bergmann is masterly yet understated. VERDICT Highly recommended, especially for listeners with an interest in leadership.—Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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.”
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.”
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
2013-10-28
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062282828
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 678,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.86 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Parnell is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger whoserved in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years,retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor)and the Purple Heart. He is a passionate supporter of America'smilitary and is currently serving as an ambassador for the BootCampaign, a national veteran's charity. He lives with his wife andthree children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John R. Bruning is the author or coauthor of fifteen nonfiction books, including thecritically acclaimed Shadow of the Sword and House to House. To prepare for this book,he embedded with coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2010. He lives in Oregon with hiswife and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    This book was a wonderful Military leadership novel, I was assig

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Navy knowledge To all navy seal rpers

    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...)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    A future best seller!! This book has something for everyone!! An

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Very Good.

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Best book I have ever read

    I have read most of the documetrys of navy seals this is my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Outstanding Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Gent

    Am I too late to join?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Great read Phenomenal Story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    To piper

    Is that rose, or the other piper? From Doctor

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Rose

    Walks over to J. Let me help you I say.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Myth and Storm

    Myth: She sits down.***
    Storm: He sits down next to Myth

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Sage

    She nods,"cool. My buds and i r ready to go." She grins
    <p> Metallic, Mackell, Butch, and friends watch everyone ((lookimg for names))

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Jon and Jazz

    "Im doin fine." Jazzelle says and sits in a chair putting her crutches to the side. Jon nodded. "Oh well, this old man is doing just fine." He says and sits down putting his hand on his solid gold staff.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Piper

    Nods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Bjorn

    Yawns

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Silver

    What the hell happened to you did i miss all the action

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Andrew

    I wish i had cruches or a cane

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Phenomena

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    I highly recommend this book.  His honest look at himself makes

    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.  

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