"I'm honored to work with my good friend and talented co-author, Scott McEwen, on American Commander,” said Congressman Zinke. “This is not a story about me, it's a story about America and what makes America and the men and women who defend her exceptional. From the time I was a kid growing up in a small timber and railroad town, to a young man who grew his career and family in the SEALs, and finally to a retired officer who now serves in Congress, I witnessed history. The more I saw, the more I realized there's a lot to be thankful for. I think that's discussed in a very intimate and relatable way in this book."
Ryan Zinke was a Commander at the most elite Navy SEAL Team, doing tours from 1991-1994 and from 1996-1999. A 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs, Zinke is a decorated officer and earned two Bronze Stars as the acting Commander of Joint Special Forces in Iraq (2004). Zinke trained and commanded many of the men who would one day run the covert operations to hunt down Osama Bin Laden and save Captain Phillips (Maersk Alabama). He also served as mentor to now famous SEAL Chris Kyle (American Sniper).
In American Commander, Zinke shares what it takes to train and motivate the most celebrated group of warriors on earth and then send them into harm’s way. American Commander also covers Zinke’s experience in running for Montana’s sole seat in Congress. Zinke’s passion for his country shines as he conveys his vision to revitalize American exceptionalism.
“The world has been given a glimpse of the results when the men of the United States Navy SEAL Teams (SEALs) are asked to protect this nation from its enemies-no matter how difficult or dangerous the task,” said McEwen. “Anything for God, Family and Country is more than a saying to these men, it is their solemn oath. Now you will come to understand how they are forged to be this elite fighting force. What we started with American Sniper has come full circle with the story of Ryan Zinke, the American Commander.”
“We are honored to partner with Ryan Zinke on this book that is not only important but a true page-turner,” said Matt Baugher, Senior Vice President of Thomas Nelson and Publisher of W Publishing Group. “We have all been moved by past stories of Navy SEALs and some of this country’s greatest warriors. To now have the perspective of one of the men who actually trained and commanded them is as inspiring as it is challenging. Congressman Zinke has much to say on the state of our country and the character traits that have always made America great.”
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