The Trident - Jason Redman & John Bruning

The Trident

By Jason Redman & John Bruning

  • Release Date: 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 366 Ratings


Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq, locating more than 120 al-Qaida insurgents. But his journey was not without supreme challenges—both emotional and physical. Redman is brutally honest about his struggles to learn how to be an effective leader, yet that effort pales beside the story of his critical wounding in 2007 while leading a mission against a key al-Qaida commander. On that mission his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range.

During the intense recovery period that followed, Redman gained national attention when he posted a sign on his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds." His sign became both a statement and a symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

From his grueling SEAL training to his search for a balance between arrogance and humility, Redman shares it all in this inspiring and unforgettable account. He speaks candidly of the grit that sustained him despite grievous wounds, and of the extraordinary love and devotion of his wife, Erica, and his family, without whom he would not have survived.

Vivid and powerful, emotionally resonant and illuminating, The Trident traces the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father, a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines the SEALs, one of America's elite fighting forces.


  • The Trident

    By MRB 22
    Excellent excellent excellent! Great book with balanced insight and full of "learning experiences." As a former US Marine, I appreciate the honesty and unselfishness. God Speed, Mr. Redman
  • Interesting story

    By Shibumi 2012
    There is a lot to like about this story: a) It's a leadership tale that describes a common problem as leaders grow in an organization - how hard it is to transition from one level to another. Even in an elite SEAL unit that trains leaders and spends a lot of money building teams, people have a hard time making this transition. The description of the author's initial failure to make this transition and his recovery are worth reading. b) It's a war tale that shows the importance of family, the brutality of war, the apathy of many Americans to our wars and our vets, and how hard work, support, and determination can help injured vets recover. c) Finally, it's a tale of personal triumph, of overcoming faults, and rebuilding one's life. Despite that, it wasn't worth the read because it wasn't that well written. Much of the story was rather banal and trite. And it was very hard to like Mr. Redman. He is clearly a hero and deserves our support and praise, but he comes across as an egotistical, opinionated individual, with whom I wouldn't like to spend very much time. I bought the book to support a vet. Unless you are a diehard SEAL fan, I can't think of any other reason to buy or read it.
  • Excellent book! Could not put it down.

    By GWTrombley
    It has all the stuff you would expect from a warrior. There is also a love story or two in the book. The love this man has for his country, team mates and his family is all over the the stories. Thanks Jay for serving and sacrificing for us all and thank you Erica for standing by your man no matter what. You are both incredible.
  • A truly inspiring book

    By Rick Blue
    I could not put this book down. It read like a novel yet there were so many inspiring and inspirational points that would be an inspiration to daily living. Richard Blue, PhD Psychologist
  • Captivating

    By 20down/20togo
    I heard Lt. Redman speak during a men's breakfast at my church. His story was one of honor, strength, and determination. This story provides a great overlay of action in the battlefield with a man struggling with the responsibility of leading the most motivated, over achieving men in the world. This book is set apart from others by Naval Seals with one word, humility. Jay peals back all the layers of his life for a look inside a man fighting himself. Thank you for sharing your life with us. God Bless you and your family, and thank you for your service.
  • The Trident

    By hkeithmurray
    Awesome. Finally a navy seal story that doesn't portray himself as a superman with no faults. Jay Redman provides an open look at his life, short comings and his road to leadership. Great job.
  • Leadership insights few will ever experience directly

    By imdoinglaundry
    Some components of leadership are universal. However, Lt. Redman and Mr. Burning write from a perspective most of us will never have. The leader that Lt. Redman strived to be literally held lives in his hands. I am better for having read The Trident and I thank these gentlemen for sharing it.
  • The Trident

    By K9Paul
    The Trident may be one of the best books I have ever read. It deals with Warrior life on all levels. Most importantly, it exemplifies the courage to transcend from a survivor, to a Legend. I am truly humbled by Jason Redman. God bless you and your family. And please realize that there are plenty of Americans that are so thankful for the sacrifice you and your Brothers have made, so we may sleep peacefully through the night.