I quite literally almost stumbled upon Rorke's book while looking up another SEAL. I purchased it in a heartbeat and read it over the course of two evenings...it was difficult to put down! With over a decade of war behind us, I believe there are far too few first-person experiential memoirs from those who served on the frontlines, as we as a society have come to depend on instant information from social media, online stories, and the like. But in 75 or 100 years? It is books like Rorke's that will still be here that will tell my grandkids what it was like to serve as a SEAL, on the frontlines and making future SEALs during the time of the GWOT.
Damn Few is a book that should be on the shelves of anyone interested in today's special operations environment...and anyone who thinks they have an idea of what it's like to serve with the best of the best in the War on Terror. Although this is an autobiography, Rorke is not afraid to tell it as he sees it...something very rare today with so many people always wanting to edit their "personal brand" in order to prevent "soundbites" from biting them in the butt in the future (as undoubtedly, someone with Rorke's drive has many years of service to his nation and successful ventures left in him...) I highly comment Rorke for his willingness to be blunt and offer his opinions that aren't in line with what would give him the safest route to success, either in the military, or as a civilian. That takes a lot of guts and really, that's what this book is about.
I will caveat my review by saying that the main reason I bought the book was because I was in the same Officer Candidate School class as Rorke (and one of his swim buddies). We had the classmates we called "real SEALs" (the guys who were prior enlisted SEALs) and then we had the "SEAL candidates" (which included Rorke). As a military historian even at the time, I stood in humble awe of the guys who had already gone to BUD/S (one of whom had been a BUD/S instructor before coming to OCS) and had an unlimited respect for Rorke and his fellow SEAL candidates. They worked their butts off...doing PT and making other preparations for BUD/S while the others of us in the class were sleeping or on liberty. I will say this: Rorke and his fellow candidates were never proud, never boastful, and to top it off, were probably some of the smartest and most well mannered officer candidates in the class. They were truly a cut above, and I still admire them for it - some sixteen years later.
In conclusion, this book is a quick and enjoyable read, and one that I am proud to have in my library. Not only was it written by someone I served with, but someone I have the deepest respect and admiration for. In my book, Rorke is an American hero, and this book is his story.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: CORGIE ADULT; 1 edition (1 August 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780552169868
- ISBN-13: 978-0552169868
- ASIN: 0552169862
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)