Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation by Rorke Denver and Ellis Henican
April 5, 2016 – Howard Books
230 Pages – Adult, Nonfiction, Military
Purpose: Review, Howard Books
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: In a fast-paced and action-packed narrative, Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war—from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us.
Heroes are not always the guys who jump on grenades. Sometimes, they are the snipers who decide to hold their fire, the wounded operators who find fresh ways to contribute, or the wives who keep the families together back home. Even a SEAL commander—especially a SEAL commander—knows that. But what’s a hero, really? What do we have a right to expect from our heroes? How should we hold them accountable? Amid all the loose talk of heroes, these questions are seldom asked.
As a SEAL commander, Rorke Denver is uniquely qualified to answer questions about what makes a hero or a leader, why men kill, how best to serve your country, how battlefield experiences can elevate us, and most importantly, why we fight and what it does for and to us. In Worth Dying For, Denver tackles many of these issues by sharing his personal experiences from the forefront of war today.
Denver applies some of his SEAL-sense to nine big-picture, news-driven questions of war and peace, in a way that appeals to all sides of the public conversation. By broadening the issues, sharing his insights, and achieving what civilian political leaders have been utterly unable to, Denver eloquently shares answers to America’s most burning questions about war, heroism, and what it all means for America’s future.
My Thoughts: I am interested in all things military. My dad was in the army, and I will always regret (a small part of me will) not following in his footsteps. Anyway this was a unique perspective to read from. I have a huge amount of respect for Navy SEALS, not because I consider them heroes, but because I know that it takes a lot to become one. I enjoyed Denver’s voice and military experience.
I think that we often toss around the title hero, to those that are both deserving and undeserving, without putting too much thought of what the word means or the burden that it places on the person.
Denver digs deep into the meaning and the expectations we have of heroes. This is not just a military book though. Denver talks also about how the skills and developed training that he went through can be translated to the civilian world. His tone is conversational, not quite serious but not completely laid back. It definitely sounds like a military person is talking, and this is not a bad thing. He mentions how a soldier should be a warrior as well as a thinker, and you can tell that he is of this caliber.
I enjoyed reading this, and I will be getting his other book Damn Few: Making the Modern Seal Warrior and I will be checking out the tv show American Grit, because I believe he is part of it.
4 stars ****