Fran's Favorite Non-fiction

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Marcus Luttrell

$17.99 $16.55

Fran says: I read intros, prologues, etc in the front of books most have interesting things about the book. This one had me in tears before I got to chapter 1. Marcus Luttrell is the lone survivor of a SEAL team mission. I learned a lot about SEALS and what they go through. Traumatic, uplifting, gritty and just plain good.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

Eric Metaxas

$29.99 $26.99

Fran says: Dietrich Bonhoeffer played many different roles in World War 2, but the main one was his steadfast conviction in his faith in God. The title of the book indicates where his activities took him. Eric Metaxes does a fabulous job of taking you through his roots to his growing faith and his standing strong in the face of Hitler's evil and the loss of many family members doing their duty to God. I've read it twice. Just so inspiring.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown

$18.00 $16.56

Fran says: I'm not really into sports books, but I loved this one. I read it as a part of a reading list I was going through. I love success stories about motley crews of people getting it together and working toward a common goal. I also knew nothing about rowing, which made it a learning experience too. Set against the background of Hitler before we got involved in the war, it was truly inspiring, kinda similar to the Miracle on Ice story but with more serious political and international ramifications. Great character development of the rowing team.

No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the Seal Teams to the Bin Laden Raid

Joe Layden and Will Chesney

$28.99 $26.09

By Will Chesney - a Disclaimer, I'm not that much of an animal person. However, after watching my Army vet son struggle with his PTSD and other stuff, and the relationship he has with a 3 times rescue female pit bull, my attitude has changed some which is why I chose to read this book. Having read Lone Survivor about Marcus Luttrell's survival in Afghanistan and losing his entire team, I was familiar with the training regimens talked about in this book. I completely and totally admire SEALs. Will Chesney unintentionally ended up with being a dog handler to a Belgian Malinois. The relationship between dog and handler is one based on trust and authority. They saved each others lives and participated in the Osama Bin Laden take-down. Both were injured at different times in their careers causing the dog, Cairo, to be taken out of service and left Will with severe PTSD, physical and mental. This is the story of their journey; inspiring and honorable.