Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book 41: SEAL Survival Guide

Seal Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster, by Cade Courtley

Illustrator: Jesse Peterson
Publisher: Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Published: 2011
Genre: Non-fiction
Target Audience/Age Group: Adults
Part of a Series? No
Will the Reviewer Keep It In His/Her Library? Yes
First line: What enables someone to carry a 250-pound man up three flights of stairs while taking enemy fire or spend six sleepless days and nights running around with a fractured right leg?

I did not know Pres. John F. Kennedy announced his plans to create the SEALS during the same speech he promised to put a man on the moon. I didn't know anything about the SEALS except they'd killed Osama Bin Laden and rescued Tom Hanks from Somalian pirates.

Now I do and I am impressed. Actually, that's too shallow a word. I am awed by anyone who could put themselves through what each and every one of them has to become a Seal.

This book is for the rest of us. Buy it and keep it handy because you never know when disaster might strike. At the very least you can pick it up whenever you're feeling down and read how much worse things might be, read how to deal with it and gain a feeling of empowerment.

I gave copies of this book as Christmas presents to everyone I cared about. Maybe, someday, it will help one of them out.

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