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The Mission, the Men, and Me

Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life.

As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.

©2013 Pete Blaber (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Brilliant and insightful

filled with principles that can be applied to any situation. Presented in a very entertaining yet modest format. I learnt a lot.

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brilliant.<br />what a great book.

I couldn't stop listening.
I waited in the car when I had arrived just so I could listen a little longer.
very very cool book
thanks so much

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A Delta story

The narrator is easy to listen to and has a good variation in tone. The content of the book is interesting and gives a personal experience on leadership by the author. Furthermore, the story is unique and does generate some great takeaways. However, there is perhaps too much focus on tactics that are clearly diluted for security purposes. Those who have limited military experience will benefit from the military details, however, those with more military experience will see greater interest in the actual leadership application and traits shown throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their understanding of modern irregular warfare. I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in the leadership traits required to survive in the developing military environment.

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"whats ur recommendations " LTC PETE

a true book about leadership. its up there with lions of kandaher. thank you sir

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great learning opportunity.

There are some great lessons to be learned in this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Billy
  • 16-05-2014

DELTA Adventures with Everyday Tactical Advice

Would you listen to The Mission, the Men, and Me again? Why?

I will definitely listen again. The depth and breadth of everyday practical applications from each of his stories and missions was very captivating. Every mission he talked about, including the planning aspects, had advice that you can apply in your day-to day life. The overarching theme was to consider how your decisions will affect: 1st - Your Mission, 2nd - Your Men, and 3rd - Me.

He also went into some of the concepts that helped him to understand what he needed to do to become a better operator and leader. "The mind has three elementary phases it goes through when it's thinking: saturate, incubate, and illuminate. although they generally occur in order, all three are continuous processes, so your mind is constantly cycling through all three phases.The most effective approach to a situation is to detect our mind's ability to recognize the life patterns that happen" How you handle and solve problems when you encounter them, will ultimately decide the outcome. Throughout the book, he explains his adventure and ends with a life lesson so we can understand, adapt, and master the future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Blaber

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

He did not overdo it when it came to trying to portray the accents of the enemies. The tone and performance was just right.

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  • Chris
  • 01-03-2014

Spot On

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If you're looking for a story book collection of battles and adrenaline spiking drama, this isn't that kind of book. The author did a great job in both titling it appropriately, as deciding what to include. I took many notes from the author, and have incorporated his leadership lessons into my personal and professional life. A must read for any junior leader, or senior leader who has lost his/her base.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-2018

Terrible narrator.

The book itself is outstanding. I've read it several times. This narrator though, is so annoying that I could barely listen. His terrible accents and ignorance of military terms detracts from the book so much that I'd happily re-purchase this book if it were narrated by someone else.

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  • DS
  • 13-12-2015

among the best

this book is among the best of the many spec ops books that have been published since 911 and is a window into the way the "War on Terror" should, and hopefully will, be fought. all those chicken hawks clamoring for "boots on the ground" should pause and consider the alternatives. small, entrepreneurial groups of highly trained spec ops soldiers are the better alternative.

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  • Colby
  • 11-09-2015

"IT'S NOT REALITY UNLESS IT'S SHARED!"

I'm going to sound cliche'...however it's my reality. This book changed my life! I'm a 30 year old man now (29 when I first read this.) I lost my father to suicide a few years back. I am married and own a window coverings business. I am a bit of a nomad...I lose myself to lack of wisdom and guiding principles. This book, has had a profound impact on my internal dialect...and a new motor to be an effective human being. This book nailed it...I go back and listen to the guiding principles about every other week in the last chapter. READ THIS BOOK. Thank you Mr.Blaber and please write another!

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  • JLS
  • 09-09-2014

Great Book

If you could sum up The Mission, the Men, and Me in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Gripping, Insightful

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed Pete's lessons learned during his time in the unit.

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Great book, I have read it a few times and it was nice to listen to it as well. Good story, good insights into leadership, and interesting to learn about that part of our military history too.

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  • Vincent J. Capone
  • 22-06-2014

Great lesson for lif forged in the elite forces

Would you listen to The Mission, the Men, and Me again? Why?

Definitely a multiple listen book as the lessons are embedded in story layers that can improve anyone's outlokk and life

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  • Wade
  • 16-06-2019

excellent read.

While it is devoid of any tactical or technical information this book is still a great read and very beneficial. hopefully it will find its way onto required reading lists for officers and NCOs.

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  • Brian Tucker
  • 21-05-2019

Great lessons for any profession.

This is real down to earth leadership principal training. It was recommended by a friend and fellow leadership for law enforcement instructor. It was very easy to follow and really drew me in as a listener. I felt like I was there during the training and battles!

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  • Ryan E. Merrill
  • 30-04-2019

Incredibly insightful

This is a good leadership self evaluation tool. Any leader focused on self-improvement should use this as a study guide.

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  • Royston
  • 15-08-2015

When management get it wrong

This is more than a gripping read about special forces and there exploits, it's also a demonstration of how interference by senior management who are egotistical can cause serious cocky ps to escalate, in this case leading to a tragic loss of life. A fantastically well written and read story.

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  • Mr Lewis M Armstrong
  • 11-04-2016

Not enough action

Starts well and is generally a good story. Not enough action for me though, most of the book is about lessons learned on mission but fails to detail said mission. Always felt I wanted more detail

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  • MR J R Stagg
  • 26-09-2017

A must for future leaders in any area of life

Tacid knowledge is a must in any area of professionalism and is a must to be a good manager/boss/operator.

Performance was lack luster. The 'accents' used by the narrator for the Afghanis came over more Pakistani than Afghani whoch detracted from what was said and had a air of guessing the accent.

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