‘Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL’s Guide’ by Brandon Webb and John David Mann — Into the pool
on October 5, 2019
I grew up on the water. I love it—spent my childhood in it and a good chunk of my adulthood, too. But there’s a reason people use water when they want to drive you to the edge of sanity and break your spirit. If I say, “I’m going to drape a cloth over your mouth and soak it with water,” that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Oh, but it is. It can push strong-willed men right over the edge. In my military training I became familiar with the process of waterboarding. In essence, you are slowly, methodically being drowned to death, engulfed by water. There is something primal about the terror this touches.