- Title: Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior
- Author: Rorke Denver
- ISBN: 9781401324797
- Page: 463
- Format: Hardcover
From leadership expert, former Navy SEAL, American Grit feature player, and author of Worth Dying For A Navy SEAL s Call to a Nation, Rorke Denver, the bestselling account of how he helped create the U.S Navy SEALS of today Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of waFrom leadership expert, former Navy SEAL, American Grit feature player, and author of Worth Dying For A Navy SEAL s Call to a Nation, Rorke Denver, the bestselling account of how he helped create the U.S Navy SEALS of today Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now With his years of action packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the Hero or Zero missions his SEALs undertake.From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs creative operations became front and center in America s War on Terror and how they are altering warfare everywhere In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams He recently starred in the film Act of Valor He is married and has two daughters.Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on air commentator at the Fox News Channel He has written two recent New York Times bestsellers, Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.With all the SEALs recent successes, we have been getting a level of acclaim we re not used to But something important has been missing in this warm burst of publicity Correcting that is my mission here.My own SEAL dream was launched by a book My hope is that this one teaches lessons that go far beyond the battlefield, inspiring a fresh generation of warriors to carry on that dream Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
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Damn Good(Hyperion's Marketing Department sent me an advance reading copy of this book. If you want to read my full review, check out my blog SlingWords.)Some may wonder why I, a romance novelist, am reviewing Damn Few, a book about training America's elite warriors, the Navy SEALs. That's easy to answer. It's because I am a romance novelist. I write books wherein the male lead is always a hero: a man who does the right thing for the right reasons.Actually, My Cup of TeaI've read and reviewed qu [...]
I read this book because I wanted to know how manhood can be defined for men who choose this field and how that may differ from the population at large. This book is more than a book about seals but a calling to all men to be the best they can possibly be. I still go over a few chapters in the book.
I have been reading everything I can find on SEALS. Most of the books are about their experiences on the battlefield. I wanted more. I want to understand what kind of man can even get to be a SEAL. This is the book I have been waiting for; this is a personal accounting of one amazing man's journey to and through this process and back. This man then takes on the recruiting and training of other SEALs, excels at that and then through his extraordinary character, charismatic personality and talent, [...]
This is one of my favorite military books! Rorke is a military historian, and the book is full of classic military themes. He re-tells several "work" stories that are entertaining and amazing. It really gets to the mindset of becoming an elite warrior, and all the responsibilities that entails. I like reading these type of books, because it relates to my jab as well.My favorite part of the book has to be when Rorke and the community are struggling with whether or not to allow Hollywood access in [...]
Setting this book in the context of other recent books by/about Navy SEALS, it is distinctive in several ways.First, it lacks the "rah rah," unreflective, world in black-and-white viewpoint of books such as "American Sniper" (by the late Chris Kyle), which was appreciated.Second, it covers *a lot* of territory, perhaps too much. Everything is included, from Denver's childhood, to his SEAL training, his experiences at war, his work as a SEAL trainer, discussions of recent SEAL missions (such as t [...]
I gave it 3 stars so that Jordan would get mad. I'm sure it worked.
Not written as well as 'No Easy Day' but still entertaining none the less. Gives one more of an appreciation of how well trained the SEALs are and how difficult it is to graduate the BUD/S training. Denver, who obviously went through the training himself and has been an instructor for several years, gives a detailed account of the strenuous physical training tests prospective SEALs have to undergo. But that pretty much sums up the book; Denver talks a little bit about his deployment in Iraq but [...]
(3.5) The early sections on BUD/S training was great, wish it occupied more of the bookI wish he'd spent more on the training. The ops sections likely had to be cleaned of anything classified and thus felt a little light on details, rushed, less powerful. He could've also woven the training and the ops a little closer together: show how specific training prepared him and his SEAL brothers for specific ops.I really appreciated the candid discussion of tension between bigwigs' desire for expansion [...]
POWERFUL & RELEVANT(audible audio book)this story blew me away. rorke is an elite modern american warrior in all the best ways. he is well read, he is a gentleman. he is a freaking killing machine but only to serveour best interests. truly. while i cannot personally relate to being elated to being in combat in Iraq, i appreciatewho he is and what he is doing for our country and frankly for the planet. highly recommended if you have just a touch of interest - GET IT!! you won't be let down.
This is about preparing for battle as a citizen, combat soldier, or SEAL team member. The theme is not just for spec ops, but for everyone interested in living a valiant life. Excellence is the goal. I enjoyed this, but not everyone will. War is awful.
Damn Few is a novel about Rorke Denver and his experiences throughout his epic journey in becoming a SEALs officer. Denver trains SEALs to become some of the most powerful battlefield problem solvers, including being able to think quickly despite the situation. In order to become a SEALs officer, Denver had to go through some of the toughest training in the country. Additionally, their training consists of an experience known as Hell Week that involves little to no sleep and harsh conditions of [...]
Book Review:Damn Few - Rorke Denver Damn Few by Rorke Denver is a firsthand account of Denver’s journey through the Navy SEALs training program and beyond. As you follow him on this journey throughout the book, you begin to understand the strenuous and extremely challenging requirements of becoming a member of this elite group of individuals. Rorke begins the book by describing his experience in the BUD/S training program, recounting every mental and physical challenge that was posed to him an [...]
In a Damn Few: The Making of a Modern Seal by Rork Denver, the author embellishes on his journey of adventures of becoming a navy seal. He recalls on how every academic class, extracurriculars, and life's challenges have mentally prepared him for the rigorous training program needed to take the step to becoming a seal. A series of inspiring and heartbreaking stories and experiences give us the true essence of what makes the modern American deal. Denver unravels the myths of how and who a deal sh [...]
Rorke Denver, a lacrosse star from Syracuse, has wanted to be a Navy SEAL since he was a teen. When Denver was in his early twenties, he showed up to SEAL camp to try to become part of an elite military branch. Six months later, Denver received his trident and officially became a Navy SEAL. Denver participates in crazy missions throughout his career and becomes a great leader in the process. Damn Few reveals the trials and tribulations of Denver’s Navy SEAL career through chronological order [...]
I saw Rorke Denver first on a YouTube vid, being interviewed by Piers Morgan about gun control. It's one of those iconic "Piers Morgan Owned" vids that cheer you up when you can't find any funny cat ones. Denver came over as such a rational, intelligent person (mind you, not much competition in that debate) that I sought out this book to find out more about him.This was one of the most engaging, interesting reads I've had for ages. Denver writes in a totally honest way about Seal training and it [...]
Damn Few by Rorke Denver is a book about his adventure from a childhood to adulthood, and his desire to be a Navy SEAL. Like everyone, Denver knew the SEALs were the best of the best no questions about it. His first real interaction with the SEALs was through his uncle, trying to dissuade him but Denver persisted through the battle to be accepted, and then through his rigorous training to earn his Trident. After defeating these battles the book goes on to describe some of his missions and other [...]
The beginning of Damn Few starts with Rorke Denver’s, the author himself, telling the audience about his time that he was deployed in Habbaniyah, Iraq. He tells us how the Sunni fighters fought against invaders, and how their operations worked. Then explains the SEALs history and what they were made to do; the SEALs are small, highly trained warriors. Rorke also tells us about the rigorous training that he and all SEALs have to go through called BUD/S. Towards the middle of the book and all th [...]
I have read a few books about Navy SEALs recently and though this is not the best one I have read it is still a highly informative book that I enjoyed. Rorke really gives an inside look at the Navy SEALs including getting through Hell Week, the bonds of brotherhood that are formed with fellow SEALs, the bravery and loyalty of these men, how they train, how they fight, and how they take care of each other. I really never get tired of reading about Navy SEALs, these men sacrifice so much for our c [...]
Damn Few by Rorke Denver is a truly inspiring book. Lt. Denver takes readers on an adventure through the life of a SEAL. However it is not just the life of a SEAL we learn about, it’s the strong force of the brotherhood that has withstood many trials. Through training at BUD/S to the battlefield their faith in each other, from the beginning, has strengthened the bond of this brotherhood. The book reveals that these men are an inspiration to men around the world to be their very best self. At e [...]
Lt. Commander Denver's book is an outstanding insight to the leadership of some of the worlds most driven and elite warriors. This book will take you from the early days of his life, to BUDs as an officer, to war, to his experience of overseeing all three phases BUDs, and eventually his assistance and roll in the movie "Act of Valor" where he played the roll of Lt. Rorke (the one who jumped on the grenade).Commander Denver provides his personal experiences and mindset which he feels attributes t [...]
I read this book because of the author's interview with Hugh Hewitt. But in the interview Mr. Denver was down to earth and reflective and in the book comes across as more jingoistic and adrenaline-pumped. I wonder if the co-writer had something to do with that.This book suffers from too many anti-climactic moments. The authors build suspense about forays into enemy territory that fizzle with an uneventful capture or the near miss of something that might have happened like steering clear of a tra [...]
The book Damn Few by Rorke Denver is a very good autobiography. This book is about Rorke Denvers life from his college career to his time in the military. Some if the other characters are his parents and his friends through seal school. I enjoyed this because of the way Rorke Denver described the details of his life. I also liked the language that he used he was able to use bigger words when needed. The only complaint that I had with this book I wish that Rorke Denver had included more on his li [...]
If you are a fan of modern warfare books, as I am, then you will definitely enjoy this book. Rorke Denver's account of what it takes to become a Navy SEAL is incredibly compelling, and makes me marvel at the capacity of each SEAL. Learning about the training at BUDS was my favorite part of the book. The school to become a SEAL is outrageous, and the people that make it through truly are incredible."Damn Few" is certainly a great read. It is entertaining, action packed, and a very cool true story [...]
Rorke is one of the actors in "Acts of Valor". Highly recommended if you're a aficionado of these military memoirs. Like all the other memoirs this is his story of his time in the Navy Seals from recruitment, through Buds and active service. Unlike the other books he doesn't go into a lot detail of the battles and skirmishes he participates in. Spends a lot of the book detailing the temperament and motivation and selection of Seals. Still a good read.
Best book in its genre! Gives the reader something unique--insight into the types of personalities that are successful as a SEAL, how they are made, and who they are in their personal lives. Not just a gunfight book and focuses on the Team aspect of the community. Would highly recommend!!
Great book. Really makes you appreciate the things we take for granted. Rorke is a good writer and this is a quick read. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in military and military history.
Really, really enjoyed this book. Tremendous behind-the-scenes look at the BUD/S training program, as well as several real-life missions, told by an active Navy SEAL.
The book was amazing front beginning to end. The audio quality was a little off. It seemed to be spliced a few times and it contained a few repeated phrases.
Wow. I read between 60 and 70 books a year and this is one of the best I’ve read in years.But let me back up.I have no idea what possessed me to buy this book because I’m repulsed by war, think that the US is invasive and selfish (stay with me, I’m about to tell you how this book changed me), remain flabbergasted that we invaded Iraq when it was the Saudis (supported by their government) who were responsible for 911, and am disgusted by how we depose leaders and pull back while far worse l [...]
The novel Damn Few by Rorke Denver is an excellent story. It is told from the point of view of Rorke Denver, who has come to be a SEAL trainer. Before becoming an instructor, though, Denver was a determined SEAL warrior. Throughout the novel, he explains the qualities one must possess and the obstacles that one must hurdle to be accepted into this section of the military. His account of the time spent as a SEAL is captivating and gives a detailed perspective on the life of a military warrior. Da [...]
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