Adm. William McRaven talks about life, career and leadership in 'Sea Stories' | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Adm. William McRaven and the cover of his book, Sea Stories


LBJ professor of national security chronicles his years of service, the bin Laden raid and what makes a leader in both the military and in life.

Sea Stories begins in 1960 at the American Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II — the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.

Adm. William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

Action-packed, inspiring and full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders.

Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Make Your Bed, which expanded on his blockbuster speech at the 2014 University of Texas at Austin commencement. In his 37 years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a four-star admiral, his final assignment was as commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Georgeann.

Praise for Sea Stories

“McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, follows his self-help guide, Make Your Bed, in which he shared principles for success learned during his more than 30 years as a Navy SEAL, with this collection of fascinating stories from his time as commander of the Special Operations Forces…McRaven’s war stories deliver remarkable insight into the life of a wartime leader.”
Publishers Weekly Review

"Engaging...Sea Stories is more than an autobiography, more than a narrative of recent military history, and more than the sum of one remarkable man's experiences. In his excellently flowing prose...McRaven not only allows readers the opportunity to vicariously experience daring adventures and the command of elite warriors heading into harm's way, he also shares practical everyday wisdom."
Booklist (Starred Review)

"Readers interested in the essential work of military special forces will be inspired by McRaven's adventures."
Kirkus Review

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