Harvard graduate Robin Moore's classic best seller The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit is a gripping work of fiction, heavily based on time which the author spent embedded in a US Army Special Forces unit that toured Vietnam in 1963.
Jim Frangione's performance in this eye-opening audiobook is spot-on, his gruff voice perfectly suited to the endless action and often horrific descriptions of on-the-ground combat in a violent and unpredictable warzone. Even after half a century, Moore's tight, tense prose is still gripping, and his insights about humanity in wartime still stirring and relevant.
Robin Moore became one of the first true embedded journalists by training with and fighting alongside the Green Berets in Vietnam. Though fictionalized, his work is an eye-opening exposé of the horrors of the Vietnam War and the basis for the hit John Wayne movie of the same title. Taut, fast-paced, and interspersed with unforgettable accounts of combat, Moore's novel features an American major who goes "native" with Montagnard tribesmen, a courageous Vietnamese girl who poses as a rabid anti-American Communist to capture a murderous Viet Cong officer, and the unforgettable acts of courage of soldiers in the field.
©1965, 1999, 2007 Robin Moore (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"Not as in depth a look at the service as expected"
I was hoping for more insight into the tactics and training. But it was entertaining.
"Stands the tests of ages"
This is one of the classics as far as war fiction goes. Except, as the author notes, it isn't really fiction. The stories told in this tome may be altered to preserve confidences, but the events they describe are real. Within this novel you will find heroism and tragedy, and even love. The audible narration is particularly noteworthy for its professionalism; a true story time narration.
the stories recounted in this book are a truely inspiring collection. No matter where you stand on the political scale everyone must acknolage the dedication and sacrifice given by these men. They went out on a mission for there country without hessitation knowing they weren't expected to return and never hesitated. My hat's off to the soldiers and to the Author for accurately telling their stories. Trying to not make this a political post I'd like to say hopefully the elected politicians in Washington can look back on history and learn from there mistakes.
"This is about the 100th time and just as good as 1"
Perfect narration. Great read and alot of fun. Needs another movie. Thanks you Robin Moore.
"What was true and what wasn't"
This is a confusing book in many ways. It's a work of fiction. However, it's based on the authors experience. He went through Jump School and training with Special Forces before going over to Vietnam. It's hard to be sure what's representative and what might be fictional. It's represented by the author is being based on events with names and places changed to protect sources. It's worth reading, if for no other reason, than it influenced many to join the Green Berets, or so the author claims. It was the source material for the 1960's movie of the same title starring, John Wayne. I felt that the Americans came off as too good, and too clean to be fully true, but maybe I'm just a post Watergate cynic? I found the book read well overall. There is a extensive glossary up front which can help those not as familiar with a lot of the military terms and slang used. The last chapter of General Shelton seemed out of place somehow.
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