Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat
Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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I read this book from american library mumbai.The book shows how the war is distructive and should be the last resort.How soldiers carry out their duties in not comfortable circumstances.Great BOOK.
Great book which I have enjoyed reading many times. I also had the pleasure of serving with Phil Tack (making his appearance in the book as "Phil Nail") late in his career in the mid 1980's. Mr. McDonough does a great job describing Tack but I think an entirely new book would have to be written to contain all of that personality. He was a great NCO and I'm sure serving under McDonough in Vietnam had a great deal to do with that.
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