Hope everyone is staying safe and motivated in this COVID 19 times. Do too many countries going into lockdown we have decided to put a list of 4 books that are a MUST read for any individual, operator, warrior, or what you call yourself these days. We will be doing this post once a month so stay tuned.
In this part of the blog, we will be collaborating with @books_for_operators, so most of the book suggestions and reviews will come from him so make sure to go and follow him on Instagram for more bedtime reading.
Because at its core war is a human endeavour, and in life dealing with humans is unavoidable, we as operators and as humans must learn to handle people. Robert B. Cialdini’s “Influence” is a contemporary classic and in the world of psychology and human behaviour, it is a staple. The concepts are of course fairly basic and straightforward, but they are also timeless. Our lifestyles and culture may be changing, but our base human behaviors really don’t. Study the lessons and examples in this book and you will have some new tools in the toolbox for both your personal and professional life. Be as useful as your father’s old leatherman.
You may notice a break from form with this post. No items, no coffee. I wanted to keep this post simple and austere, like the samurai. From the book: “it is true courage to live when it is right to live and to die only when it is right to die”. A warrior gives not his life easily or cheaply. Live a life of value. When the buyer comes looking to purchase, make him pay a high price. I read this book when I was a youth and have come back to it many times throughout my life. It was a book that in part shaped my personal code and how I wanted to live my life. A code is a living, breathing, and evolving set of morals that will shift and change as we age and mature What is your code? What are your ethics? Are you living in alignment with them? If not, why not?
If one aims to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, while at the same time seeks to apply lessons learned, then McRaven’s “Spec ops” is a great place to start your studies. He provided some excellent case studies here, ranging from British mini-subs to Italian frogmen to German gliders. He dissects and analyzes various battles and breaks them down for the layman. Light a cigar and chew on this information.
“On Killing” and “On Combat”, both books are industry standards, and are widely considered to be ‘must-reads’. Both books are used as source material and as required reading in various military and civilian institutions.
There is much that CAN be said on the subject, but perhaps very little that NEED be said. At least by someone as ill-qualified as myself. Killing is a physical reality of the world we live in. It is becoming a more and more frequent action, and event, so much so that we are confronted with it daily. Whether in our own lives, the news, or other media, the act of killing is an inescapable part of this modern life. Maybe, just maybe, it would be prudent for us to understand the psychological costs. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is one of the pioneers lighting the path for us to follow.
Stay safe and keep training