The Warrior's Manifesto: Ideals For Those Who Protect And Defend

The Warrior's Manifesto: Ideals For Those Who Protect And Defend

by Daniel Modell


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ISBN-13: 9781594395987
Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 577,150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Daniel Modell served twenty years with the New York Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He was training coordinator of the Firearms and Tactics Section, and he also served as commanding officer of the Tactical Training Unit, teaching thousands of police officers to navigate the dynamics of violent encounters. Today he is CEO of Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions and an adjunct professor at the State University of New York–FIT. Daniel Modell lives in New York.

Table of Contents



The What of the Warrior

The Why of the Warrior

The Way of the Warrior

Leaders and Liars: Warriors and Bureaucrats



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The Warrior's Manifesto: Ideals For Those Who Protect And Defend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Signcutter More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, in the interest of full disclosure I’m a volunteer reviewer of products for the publisher, YMAA. That being said, I’m asked to be objective and none of my reviews are ever pre-screened or approved. THE WARRIOR’S MANIFESTO is a slim volume, well under 100 pages, and written in a style that leans heavily towards the philosophical, not surprising since the author has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy. It may be best to be clear on what the book is, and what it is not. Without question, this reads very much like an extended essay or monograph, at times somewhat academic in tone, although in contains many adroit turns of phrase, as the writer clearly enjoys language and finding expressive ways to get his point across. This is not a “How to be a Warrior” type book, and it really does not delve into the ramifications or consequences of choosing this path, such as the willingness to “kill or be killed” which is often (but not always, depending on the definition of “warrior” as we’ll see in a moment) presented on such a journey. The book is divided into 4 sections: The “What,” “Why” and “Way” of the Warrior, and a final fourth section which is a biting observation on a natural adversary of the Warrior, the Bureaucrat. One suspects that the subtext within this section comes from the author’s personal experience, which is having served with distinction for 2 decades with the NYPD. One thing to note is that the author goes to great pains to define who is a “warrior” (and who is not) in the first section. Warriors are not simply fighters; indeed, he takes great pains to deny this label to those who fight for illegitimate or “evil” causes, such as Nazis, or the Imperial Japanese Army, etc. Instead, by his definition, warriors are ready to give their lives to uphold and protect ideals, to stand as a bulwark against those forces that would suppress or destroy freedom or “just” societies with threats or acts of violence. In doing so, he indicates that one doesn’t have to wear a uniform to be a warrior, although those that do have made an occupation (temporary or otherwise) and firmer commitment to the “warrior ethos” than those who under the right circumstances, rise to the occasion. Under this definition, therefore, street cops and other police who spend time out in the communities they serve and protect and don’t simply pilot desks and jockey for promotions are as much a warrior as members of the military serving in combat. Some may quibble with this, or see it as another hallmark of the “militarization” of law enforcement and the thinking of many in its ranks, but it is internally consistent with the premise of his thesis. Many would say that the ability to express an idea in as few words as possible is a gift, and especially important in an age of shortened attention spans and drifting focus. THE WARRIOR’S MANIFESTO in many respects succeeds in delivering a concise thrust that strikes at the heart of a very specific definition of the “Warrior Spirit,” but it skirts the surface of even deeper exploration of the subject and theme. I think it apparent that the author is an intelligent, thoughtful individual, and this book does provide an entry point into even more involved exploration of what motivates certain individuals to stand up to the forces of chaos and destruction, and to sacrifice accordingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modell provides a booster shot for those who choose to be warriors. He presents carefully articulated truths, illustrated by vivid and inspiring examples. The Warrior’s Manifesto continues to be impactful when reread. In times of self-serving elected officials and weak-willed executive leadership, I’m sure this book will serve as a guide to those who do what is right.
Mphilliber More than 1 year ago
Warriors show up in different sizes and classifications. Some are deployed to hot zones, surrounded by hostiles. Others are Law Enforcement Officers patrolling their areas. A few are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) standing in, and up, for those who have no voice. They could be lawyers, doctors, teachers, parents, or concerned citizens. When the circumstance calls for action and determination, the warrior becomes manifest. Yet, according to Daniel Modell, 20 year NYPD veteran, CEO of Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions and an adjunct professor at the State University of New York-FIT, in his brand-new 96 page softback, “The Warrior’s Manifesto: Ideals for Those Who Protect and Defend,” there is a clear line between the warrior and the brute. And it is this clear line that works its way through the whole manual. Modell addresses the what, why and way of the warrior in the first three chapters; while the final section teases out the difference between leaders and bureaucrats. Most of the material interacts with Thomas Hobbes, concentrating on freedom and the “will to alliance”. The author similarly seeks to engage with right and wrong, and lead the reader away from relativism. The whole book is concerned with violence and its place in a world where force is misused and misapplied: “Defending the good necessitates violence so long as there are those who would initiate violence…so long as predators threaten life, protectors of life must answer with the only thing known to stop violence: violence…Violence is his tool; justice is his goal” (42-3). Illustrative tales are rehearsed throughout, as examples of the author’s point. In many ways a Hobbesian sense of liberty as an absolute good, runs over most of the earlier pages (I also seemed to pick up Lock and Rand in the shadows, though they were never quoted). This brings the author to assert that the “life of the individual citizen is the fountainhead of political value…Liberty is the political expression of the value of each life” (21). And yet Modell’s idea affirms that there is absolute good and justice, rather than the utilitarian and pragmatic kind. On the philosophical side of things, the author pleasantly surprised me by not ending up where I thought he was headed. “The Warrior’s Manifesto” is not for the faint of heart, those who think we can bring John Lennon’s “Imagine” world into existence in the here and now. It is for those who recognize that evil, despotism, tyranny, injustice, ruthlessness, and violence are in our broken world, and know that they are called defend the good. And to those men and women I highly recommend this book. My thanks to YMAA who sent me this book at my request, no strings attached. The comments in this review are all my own, and the way I see it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Modell makes makes many powerful and compelling points in The Warrior's Manifesto. First of all, it's a very quick read. He writes in a way that grabs you and keeps you drawn in so that you have to turn that page. I found that I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to see what he was going to say next. He gets his point across using language that totally lets you envision what it is he sees when he's writing. He delves deep into the what, why, and way of the warrior and I loved how he used real life events and people to tell his story. I appreciated the references to Spartacus, Leonidas and William Wallace. There were parts in the text that made me want to grab a sword and fight along them!I'd definitely recommend this book if you want to thoroughly enjoy a good read!