Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military's Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit

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Post by Rafe » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:15 pm

A reprint from 2013, and I've never read it. How have I never read it? I'm gonna die with about 300 books on my to-read list.

But I just bought the Kindle version of this one; only $4.99. It's next up on my nonfiction list. ;-)

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COL Beckwith is remarkably candid in the book. I found myself very much identifying with him and his struggles to make America's elite the best in the world. Outsiders don't really grasp how difficult it really is to drive an organization to be the best.
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Post by Rafe » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:25 pm

Even before I crack the book, I'll trust he doesn't approach things or write like Richard Marcinko.

On a semi-related note about applying military discipline to business/organizations, a book I can semi-recommend is Extreme Ownership (2017), by SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Some reviewers panned it as having too many war stories and too few innovative ideas, so I'll leave it as semi-recommend. Not necessarily a classic to keep on the shelf, but I personally enjoyed it. They did a follow-up book titled The Dichotomy of Leadership that I haven't read.
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Post by Mike S » Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 pm

Rafe wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Even before I crack the book, I'll trust he doesn't approach things or write like Richard Marcinko.

On a semi-related note about applying military discipline to business/organizations, a book I can semi-recommend is Extreme Ownership (2017), by SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Some reviewers panned it as having too many war stories and too few innovative ideas, so I'll leave it as semi-recommend. Not necessarily a classic to keep on the shelf, but I personally enjoyed it. They did a follow-up book titled The Dichotomy of Leadership that I haven't read.
It's been a long, long time since I've read Beckworth's book, but as I recall it was pretty legit. Nothing at all like Marcincko's self-aggrandizing work.


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Post by Jose_in_Dallas » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:51 pm

Mike S wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 pm
It's been a long, long time since I've read Beckworth's book, but as I recall it was pretty legit. Nothing at all like Marcincko's self-aggrandizing work.
Is this just a reprint of an earlier book from a few decades ago?


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Post by Mike S » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:19 pm

Jose_in_Dallas wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:51 pm
Mike S wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 pm
It's been a long, long time since I've read Beckworth's book, but as I recall it was pretty legit. Nothing at all like Marcincko's self-aggrandizing work.
Is this just a reprint of an earlier book from a few decades ago?
Yup, originally printed in 1983. Here's a little more recent book, from just a decade ago, by another Delta officer


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