Three Wise Men: A Navy SEAL, a Green Beret, and How Their Marine Brother Became a War's Sole Survivor

Three Wise Men: A Navy SEAL, a Green Beret, and How Their Marine Brother Became a War's Sole Survivor

by Beau Wise, Tom Sileo

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From the youngest and sole surviving of three brothers who enlisted and fought in the US “war on terror,” Three Wise Men is Beau Wise’s tribute to his siblings’ — and his family’s — great sacrifice. It is as well, a powerful and emotionally complex tale of family, self and service, of what it means to be a modern “warrior,” what that means to family and the personal impact of being told that you can no longer serve on the front lines.

From Beau Wise and Tom Sileo comes Three Wise Men, an incredible memoir of family, service and sacrifice by a Marine who lost both his brothers in combat--becoming the only "Sole Survivor" during the war in Afghanistan.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, three brothers by blood became brothers in arms when each volunteered to defend their country. No military family has sacrificed more during the ensuing war, which has become the longest ever fought by America’s armed forces.

While serving in Afghanistan, US Navy SEAL veteran and CIA contractor Jeremy Wise was killed in an al Qaeda suicide bombing that devastated the US intelligence community. Less than three years later, US Army Green Beret sniper Ben Wise was fatally wounded after volunteering for a dangerous assignment during a firefight with the Taliban. Ben was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, while Jeremy received the Intelligence Star—one of the rarest awards bestowed by the U.S. government—and also a star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall.

United States Marine Corps combat veteran Beau Wise is the only known American service member to be pulled from the battlefield after losing two brothers in Afghanistan. Told in Beau’s voice, Three Wise Men is an American family’s historic true story of service and sacrifice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250253453
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 9,161
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

SERGEANT BEAU WISE served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2016 with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He is the only known American service member to receive the Department of Defense’s “Sole Survivor” designation as a result of the seventeen-plus-year war in Afghanistan. Three Wise Men is his first book.

TOM SILEO is an author, senior editor of The Stream, and recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2016 General Oliver P. Smith Award for distinguished reporting. Tom has written several books, including 8 Seconds of Courage and Brothers Forever.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Oldest Brother vii

1 Wising Up 1

2 The Fight 16

3 The Decision 29

4 Ghost Soldiers 42

5 Back to Iraq 65

6 U-Turn 85

7 The Big Push 97

8 Intersection 111

9 War and Grief 137

10 CIA Star 157

11 The Cave 175

12 Not Again 215

13 Sole Survivor 237

14 De Oppresso Liber 255

Afterword: A Word on the Wises 275

Acknowledgments 279

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