Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes

Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes

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From FOX & Friends Weekend cohost Pete Hegseth comes a collection of inspiring stories from fifteen of America’s greatest heroes—highly decorated Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, marines, Purple Heart recipients, combat pilots, a Medal of Honor recipient, and more—based on FOX Nation’s hit show of the same name.

After three Army deployments—earning two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge—Pete Hegseth knows what it takes to be a modern warrior. In Modern Warriors he presents candid, unfiltered conversations with fellow modern warriors and digs for real answers to key questions like: What inspired them to serve? What is their legacy? What does sacrifice really mean to them? How do they handle loss? And what can civilians learn from this latest generation of veterans?

From the skies over Afghanistan to the seas of the Mediterranean to the treacherous streets of Iraq, these brave men and women take you inside the firefight, sharing the harrowing realities of war. Hegseth uses their experiences to facilitate conversations about the raw truths of combat, including the difficulties of transitioning back home, while also celebrating these soldiers’ contributions to preserving our nation’s most precious gift—freedom.

In addition to the oral history, Modern Warriors presents dozens of personal, rarely shared photos from the battlefield and the home front. Together these stories and images provide an unvarnished representation of battlefield leadership, military morale, and the strain of war. This book is the perfect keepsake and gift for anyone who wants to know what it means, and what it truly takes, to be a patriot.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799945758
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. She has voiced Iris on Pokémon. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, she has also directed and produced audiobooks for over six years.

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.

Christian Baskous is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His theatrical credits include numerous roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square, the Kennedy Center, and Theater for the New City, as well as other regional theaters. His film and television work includes appearances in Glory, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Law & Order, Swan’s Crossing, and Swift Justice.

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.

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.

Michael David Axtell is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Never Giving Up

Chapter 1 Sergeant First Class (Ret.) John Wayne Walding, United States Army 3

Chapter 2 Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Jeremiah Workman, United States Marine Corps 19

Chapter 3 Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny "Joey" Jones, United States Marine Corps 33

Chapter 4 Captain (Ret.) Chad Fleming, United States Army 47

Part II Bearing Witness

Chapter 5 Sergeant Major (Ret.) Eric Joseph Geressy, United States Army 65

Chapter 6 Sergeant Mat Best, United States Army 81

Chapter 7 Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Mann, United States Army 97

Part III Continuing to Serve

Chapter 8 Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Daniel Crenshaw, United States Navy 115

Chapter 9 Lieutenant Colonel Adam Kinzinger, Untied States Air Force 131

Chapter 10 Lieutenant (Ret.) Morgan Luttrell, United States navy 145

Chapter 11 Captain (Ret.) Sean Parnell, United States Army 161

Part IV Leadership in Life

Chapter 12 Lieutenant Commander John "Jocko" Willink, United States Navy 179

Chapter 13 Lieutenant Commander Caroline Johnson, United States Navy 193

Chapter 14 Sergeant Nick "The Reaper" Irving, United States Army 211

Chapter 15 Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, United States Army 229

Appendix of Modern Warriors 243

Resources and Organizations for Veterans 263

Acknowledgments 267

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