Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is thrilled to announce the acquisition of THE HERO CODE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM LIVED WELL LIVED by William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired), a short, inspirational book about the qualities of true, everyday heroes, on April 6, 2021. Sean Desmond, VP, Publisher of Twelve acquired the North American rights to the book – which will be published on the GCP list – from Robert Barnett of Williams and Connelly. The book will be published in hardcover, e-book and an audio edition by Hachette Audio on April 6, 2021.
Ben Sevier, SVP, Publisher of GCP, said: “In The Hero Code, the long-awaited follow-up to the multimillion-copy seller Make Your Bed, Admiral McRaven deploys powerful examples to define innate qualities of the human spirit that will uplift our next generation of everyday heroes –and profoundly shape our future. GCP is proud to bring this important and inspirational work to readers everywhere.”
When Bill McRaven was a young boy growing up in Texas, he dreamed of being a superhero. He longed to put on a cape and use his superpowers to save the earth from destruction. But as he grew older and traveled the world, he found real heroes everywhere he went — and none of them had superpowers. None of them wore capes or cowls. But they all possessed qualities that gave them the power to help others, to make a difference, to save the world: courage, both physical and moral; humility; a willingness to sacrifice; and a deep sense of integrity. THE HERO CODE is not a cypher, a puzzle or a secret message. It is a code of conduct; lessons in virtues that can become the foundations of our character as we build a life worthy of honor and respect.
THE HERO CODE is Admiral McRaven’s ringing tribute to the real, everyday heroes he’s met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world.
Admiral William H. McRaven is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestseller Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. In his thirty-seven 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.