Touching the Dragon

Touching the Dragon

And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars

Book - 2018
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"Former Navy SEAL Senior Chief James Hatch tells a fierce, moving tale of being badly wounded on a special ops mission that ended his two-decades-long military career; his searing recovery; and the struggle to live life off the speeding train of war"-- Provided by publisher.
"From former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief; master naval parachutist (four Bronze Stars with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Medal recipient, etc.); fighter in 150 missions (Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Africa); expert military dog trainer and handler whose SEAL dogs were partners and medal winners--a fierce, moving tale of a return from hell, being badly wounded on a special ops mission that ended his two-decades-long military career, his searing recovery, and the struggle to live life off the speeding train of war. In Touching the Dragon, James Hatch, Naval Special Warfare Operator, expert commando, tactical master in deadly operations, twenty-four years in service to his country (he enlisted in the Army National Guard at age seventeen), writes of hisyears of military service, from joining the Navy at eighteen, becoming a SEAL, to his joining the Naval Special Warfare Development group ("If I died in a gunfight, it would be doing something I loved"). He writes of the harrowing secret missions (Iraq, Bosnia, Africa); and of the fateful final mission (Afghanistan), that left him badly shot (a bullet exploding through his femur and out the back of his leg) as Hatch and his SEAL team crew were attempting to rescue a rogue soldier--Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl, whodeserted his post, was captured by Al Qaida and Taliban militants, and was set to be smuggled to a part of the world where Americans could never reach him. Hatch writes of the horrific wound to his leg; of having no choice but to end his military career;of coming home to the country he'd spent his life defending; of the ordeal of getting well physically (eighteen surgeries; twelve months of recovery; learning to walk again); of having to find out who he was as a man apart from the chaotic world of special operations missions; of days and months of despair, alcoholism, the pull toward suicide; and of finally, through love of family, friends, soldiers, and his specially trained military dogs, touching the dragon, of going through the fear of feeling unfitfor society, of finding a purpose and a way back to life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451494689
0451494687
Call Number: 362.4092
Characteristics: pages cm
Subjects: United States. Naval Special Warfare Development Group -- Biography.
United States. Navy -- Commando troops -- Biography.
United States. Navy. SEALs -- Biography.
Hatch, James,
SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military.
Conduct of life.
Amputees -- United States -- Biography.
Disabled veterans -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Veterans -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American.
Additional Contributors: D'Andrea, Christian - Author

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