The Way Forward: Master Life’s Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy

Dey St. Mar. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780062994073. $28.99. MEMOIR/SELF-HELP
In this dual biography, veterans O’Neill (Navy SEAL; author of the best-selling The Operator) and Meyer (U.S. Marine; author of the best-selling Into the Fire) come together to tell stories of their early lives, military experiences, and the effects of fame after Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan and O’Neill became known as a member of the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden. Their narratives describe episodes that were important to their lives—family support, training, deployment and execution and, later, handling the aftermath of war and needing help to readjust to civilian life. Both struggled with PTSD and addiction. O’Neill also describes having trouble reconnecting with family, especially after his public remarks about the Abbottabad raid (there are differing accounts of who fired the shot that killed bin Laden) and his decision to speak to the press. Both O’Neill and Meyer are skilled storytellers; O’Neill is also an inspirational speaker on overcoming challenges. They tell their stories in alternating chapters, lending a conversational style to the narrative.
VERDICT This memoir is likely to be popular among readers of military books. While speaking to their own challenges, O’Neill and Meyer offer plenty of advice for veterans navigating reentry to civilian life.
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