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 Burkeclass guided missile destroyer, naval base, school, post office, ball park, and hospital emergency room have all been named in his honor. In his best-selling 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.
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Not What I Expected, But Worth the Listen
I would not go out of my way to purchase because of the author or reader, but I also would not avoid a book by either.
I am only 7 chapters into this book, but felt that I must review early to help others understand fully what this book is about. This book is a short biography of Lt. Murphy that ended in Afghanistan. I thought this book would be a detailing of the combat mission that took Lt. Murphy's life, and that will probably come at the end of the book, but this book starts very slowly detailing his life from birth. That detail moves slowly. It is important for reasons I will speak to below, but when you expect an intense story of combat that slowness can be disappointing.
In the end the fact that this is a biography is both the most interesting and least interesting aspect of this story if you understand the dichotomy of that statement.
At this time it is the scene of chopping wood as Lt. Murphy starts his journey into the Navy.
I think you mean Lt. Murphy's life here. As I have not yet finished yet I cannot answer this.
Lt. Murphy deserves to have his life honored and remembered. Since it is impossible to read the accounts of every military man and woman that has given their life, limb, mind in combat, Lt. Murphy's story stands as a representative for them all.
Once, I attended a lecture given by Rachel Miller, a Holocaust survivor. She lost her entire family to the ovens. At the end of her lecture she simply asked that we not forget her family. The same is true of Lt. Murphy, and every military man/woman. We must not forget them as they live on through those that remember them.
So I was disappointing that this book started slowly. Six chapters could easily have been condensed into one brief chapter, prologue, or even a paragraph. The more I listened, the more I wanted to test Audible's return policy. Then it occurred to me that listening to this book was honoring a man that literally died while protecting my family from harm. Once I understood that the slow biographical material came to life for me, and was a good listen.
I am also not a fan of 'perfection' biographies. These 'perfection' biographies lessen the humanity of the subject. It is a given that Lt. Murphy was a better man than I will ever be. That is a given, so help me see him as a real guy.
Of course, I was both motivated by Lt. Murphy's discipline, will, humility, leadership, physical ability, and intelligence, and depressed because in every way Lt. Murphy was a man that I can never be.
Not the typical story.
Yes. This is not the typical story written about a hero. This isn't James Bond or Rambo. LT Murphy is a hero not just because of his actions in battle. He is a hero because of the lives that he touched and how he impacted them. If you are looking for a battle heavy book this is not it. If you are looking to understand what makes a hero then get it.