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Author: James Webb Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781442372351
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James Webb— author of Fields of Fire, the classic novel of the Vietnam War; former US Senator; Secretary of the Navy; recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart as a combat Marine; and a self-described “military brat”—has written an extraordinary memoir of his early years, “a love story—love of family, love of country, love of service,” in his words.

Webb’s mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. His father and lifetime hero was the first of many generations of Webbs, whose roots are in Appalachia, to finish high school. He flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation’s most advanced weaponry.

Webb’s account of his childhood is a tremendous American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military, with his stern but emotionally invested father, loving and resolute mother, a granite-like grandmother who held the family together during his father’s frequent deployments, and an assortment of invincible aunts, siblings, and cousins. His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but, in the end, triumphant. His description of Vietnam’s most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war.

Webb’s novelist’s eyes and ears invest this work with remarkable power, whether he is describing the resiliency that grew from constant relocations during his childhood, the longing for his absent father, his poignant goodbye to his parents as he leaves for Vietnam, his role as a twenty-three-year-old lieutenant through months of constant combat, or his election to the Senate where he was known for his expertise in national defense, foreign policy, and economic fairness. This is a life that could only happen in America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Former Virginia senator Webb employs hard lessons from his own life to explain his reasons for not seeking re-election in 2012…An eloquent military memoir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This memoir takes the author from his birth shortly after World War II to the present, and is a rumination on the changes that the world, the United States, and the military have endured in the interim…Webb is a clear and accessible writer who credits his history, and that of his family and forebears, with molding his convictions and guiding his career choices…A convincing memoir filled with ideas by a man who might be called a contrarian in today’s politics.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

James Webb, former Senator from Virginia, has been a combat marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and secretary of the Navy, an Emmy-award winning journalist, a filmmaker, and the author of ten books, including the Vietnam War classic Fields of Fire. Mr. Webb has six children and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Hong Le.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.