The Road to Unafraid: How the Army’s Top Ranger Faced Fear and Found Courage Through "Black Hawk Down" and Beyond, by Captain Jeff Struecker, with Dean Merrill (ISBN 0-8499-0060-3, Thomas Nelson, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214, phone: 1.800.251.4000, Fax: 615.902.2745, Web site: www.thomasnelson.com. Hardcover, 6" x 9 1/4", 210 pages, 2006, $19.99).
During a ten-year hitch with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Jeff Struecker experienced combat in a variety of campaigns, including the invasion of Panama and the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 1996 he won the David L. Grange Best Ranger Competition. Currently, he is a Ranger chaplain. In this refreshingly modest autobiography, Struecker recounts his memorable career in the Rangers, including a particularly gripping account of his role in the Mogadishu incident. Along the way, Struecker provides keen insights into how to lead men effectively in battle, and explains how his religious faith has enabled him to confront and master his deepest fears, from childhood to today’s battlefields.—Thomas R. Kailbourn