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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James R. McDonough Narrator: Joel Rooks Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9780739304013
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A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.'

"Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri of combat yarns. . . McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller’s eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. . . . For the author’s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about.”–Army Times


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/29/2013

    " This is an excellent book that is both a fast paced and interesting read. It tells of the author's time spent in Vietnam with the 173d ABN. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 9/8/2013

    " One of the better books of this Vietnam Infantry genre. He doesn't make himself out to sound like the ultimate warrior bent on death and destruction like a ton of these guys do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 7/25/2013

    " A great book for a new platoon leader "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/22/2013

    " Required reading at The Basic School. A well written, straightforward Vietnam memoir with thoughts on platoon level combat leadership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petrina | 6/17/2013

    " Interesting an din depth. All that soldiers do reallyhits home. A bit dry and hard to read, but good. It is on teh Armys Lt. required reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhett | 6/2/2013

    " this is my 2nd read through. It is not at all comprehensive of the Vietnam war but it is very interesting and keeps you glued to the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Oakes | 4/2/2013

    " Good memoir on leading young men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ko | 2/24/2013

    " I read and enjoyed this book. I later listened to the audio record featuring the narration/ reading by Joel Rooks my long time friend. Joel gets 5 stars from me for this performance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wachlin007 Hotmail | 12/24/2012

    " This book was written by an army 2nd Lieutenant on his experiences as a platoon commander in Vietnam. It was very entertaining. It closely resembled Fields of Fire by James Webb. Both were great reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 11/26/2012

    " Colonel McDonough was my commander many years ago... He was a fine leader, and so was his son who I also has the pleasure of working for for a short period of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/24/2012

    " Great book. Good enough that I've read it at least three times. A must read for any Army officer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Heeyeaah | 11/13/2012

    " I would probably have liked this book more if I hadn't met this guy. What a pompous ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Russo | 10/20/2012

    " A classic and an excellent book. For anyone who'd like to learn what it was like to be an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. Like all good war books, this not just about war, but also about leadership. For a young Army officer or officer-candidate, it's an absolute must read. "

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