Fields of Fire

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Fiction - 496 pages
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They each had their reasons for being a soldier.

They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo — Death Before Dishonor — before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes.

They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire....

Fields of Fire is James Webb’s classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell — until each man finds his fate.

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User Review  - Kevin82abn - Borders

This is probably the best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War. I read this as a child a number of times. I just completed it as an adult, recently. This book flows well, a well thought out ... Read full review

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Aside from having read "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" my literary exposure to the Vietnam war was very limited prior to picking up Fields of Fire. I have always been a big fan of the work James Webb undertook as Secretary of the Navy and this book loosely based on his experiences as a Lieutenant serving in the United States Marine Corps is simply superb. The descriptions of the emotions and general confusion that comprised pieces of the Vietnam conflict are well written even to those unacclimated with military history or terminology. A must read for anyone interested in Vietnam or the Marine Corps in general.  



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James Webb, who has worked and traveled in Vietnam extensively since 1991, was one of the most highly decorated combat Marines of the Vietnam War. An attorney and Emmy Award-winning journalist, he has served as secretary of the navy, assistant secretary of defense, and full committee counsel to the U.S. Congress. He lives in Virginia, where he has authored five critically acclaimed, bestselling novels.

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