SEAL of Honor

SEAL of Honor

By Gary Williams

  • Release Date: 2010-12-07
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, commander of Navy SEAL Team 10, posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 28 June 2005 during a fierce battle with Taliban fighters in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Michael was the first recipient of the nation’s highest military honor as a result of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. He was also the first naval officer to earn the medal since the Vietnam War, and the first SEAL to be honored posthumously. A young man of great character, he is the subject of Naval Special Warfare courses on leadership, and an
Arleigh Burke–class guided missile destroyer, naval base, school, post office, ball park, and hospital emergency room have all been named in his honor. In his bestselling book, Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of Operation Red Wings, called Michael “the best officer I ever knew, an iron-souled warrior of colossal, almost unbelievable courage in the face of the enemy.” SEAL of Honor tells the story of Michael’s life and how he came to be that man of selfless courage and honor. This biography argues that his heroic action during the deadly firefight with the Taliban revealed his true character and attempts to answer why Michael readily sacrificed his life for his comrades. SEAL of Honor is the story of a valiant young man who was recognized by his peers for his compassion and leadership, because he was guided by an extraordinary sense of duty and responsibility. Tracing Michael’s journey from a seemingly ordinary life on New York’s Long Island to that remote mountainside in Afghanistan, SEAL of Honor portrays how he came to the moment of extraordinary heroism that made him the most celebrated Medal of Honor recipient since WWII. Moreover, the book brings the Afghan war back to the home front, focusing on the tight-knit Murphy family and the devastating effect his death had on them as they watched the story of Operation Red Wings unfold in the news. The book attempts to answer why Michael’s service to his country and his comrades was a calling faithfully answered, a duty justly upheld, and a life, while all too short, well lived.

Reviews

  • Great man, bad writing

    3
    By it’sok
    Lt. Murphy was undoubtedly a great man and a true American hero. This book, however, isn’t written very well. It seems to stumble along as if the author is writing things as they come to him. If you can look past that, or at least tolerate it, Lt. Murphy is a man well worth learning more about.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By rkreiss
    A perfect book to read after Lone Survivor.
  • Seal of Honor

    5
    By DizzyDiALi
    This well-written and descriptive book is amazingly difficult to put down. It tugged at my heart yet made my nerves tingle with excitement and the accomplishments of Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy. I have only read one other book that has been able to keep me as interested. Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy is the epitome of Courage, Commitment & Selfless Service. Although I do not know him & will never get an opportunity to meet him, I am honored to get to know him through this excellent writing; through the story. A must read for any soldier, sailor or service member! I loved every page! Thank you! SGT C-M C Battery, 3/265th ADA BDE
  • Another great read

    5
    By shabadoooo12345
    I'm glad I was able to learn about this man. And all those like him. You won't regret reading this.
  • Amazing

    5
    By D.C. In Grapevine
    I have never written a review in my 52 years of life. This book took me to places I can only describe as AMAZING! I normally rip through books very fast to get to the next one. Every word had me glued. This telling of Mike's life has changed me forever. There are not enough stars to rate this telling of another persons life. Michael Murphy was someone born to be respected,however this author made the story so real I became involved in this family's grief. It took several tries to get through the Medal Of Honor ceremonies because it was SO MOVING how our President was genuinely involved, rather than going through the motions of an obligation. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
  • Hero

    5
    By JLong16829
    Great account of a true American hero...this country needs more people like The Murph.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Seamus17
    Excellent book about an amazing hero.....
  • Great Deep Dive into the events of Red Wings

    5
    By Topgunner71
    I must say this was an excellent read.. The book memorializes MPM as a hero which he clearly was. An American Patriot, few like him. I am thankful for folks like MPM who died taking the fight to those who want to harm us. Enduring Freedom is an on going operation with many more stories of heart break to come. I hope an pray it will be worth the high sacrifice paid by our sons. I really hope Americans would appreciate the sacrifice made by MPM and others. This book will help you feel more thankful... Thank you MPM, MA, DD, ML for a job well done!
  • Disappointed

    2
    By PSUsgk
    Great story but poorly written. With all due respect to the Murphy's and a medal of honor recipient, this reads more like a military manual rather than a novel.
  • Wow

    5
    By elliecooks
    Everyone should read this book to understand what these men do for our freedom. I cried all through this book.

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