About Face by David H. Hackworth audiobook

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior

By Colonel David H. Hackworth, (US Army, Ret.)  and Julie Sherman
Read by John Pruden

Blackstone Publishing 9780671526924
40.65 Hours Unabridged
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Called “everything a twentieth-century war memoir could possibly be” by the New York Times, this national bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth presents a vivid and powerful portrait of a life of patriotism. From age fifteen to forty, David Hackworth devoted himself to the US Army and fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth’s story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment of the Pentagon’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and of the bureaucracy of self-interest that fueled the war.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A Military Book Club Main Selection

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Korean War Personal Narratives

Called “everything a twentieth-century war memoir could possibly be” by the New York Times, this national bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth presents a vivid and powerful portrait of a life of patriotism.

From age fifteen to forty, David Hackworth devoted himself to the US Army and fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation.

From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth’s story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment of the Pentagon’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and of the bureaucracy of self-interest that fueled the war.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A daydream of battlefield glory come true.” New York Times
“Starling and important insights on American Values in war and peace.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Honest, extremely intelligent, and perhaps the best military leader this country has had since Patton.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“The engrossing autobiography of a fierce and fiercely outspoken warrior.” Publishers Weekly
“America’s most decorated living soldier tells his life story in formidable detail with outstanding battlefield realism. Colonel Hackworth left the Army and went into exile over the conduct of the Vietnam War…Earnest and self-revealing…A rousing good book which will be useful to military professionals as well.” Library Journal
“An exceptional warrior…A warrior’s heart.” Washington Post Book World

Reviews

Reviews

by kentbateman 2/24/2020
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Inspiring

– In a world where patriotism is a much needed value, Colonel Hackworth has written a memoir of the war memoir that reminds us of how valuable such a principal is. Devoting all his life from 15 to 40 in the Army, he becomes what heroism is all about. Then, he seems to have an epiphany when he appears on television in ’71 and makes the case for the unwinnable war in Vietnam. He lives the life of a career Army man and then effectively disowns it due to the insufferable number of betrayals he’s experienced. Sadly, Colonel Hackworth died some years ago, for his courage and military insights could surely be of value today in the war torn Middle East. Wonderful, inspiring book as read by John Pruden. A recommend with no hesitation.
by Odin 12/8/2019
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Eye opening

As narrated by Joh Pruden, this book should not only be required reading for the military, but for laymen alike. Having felt Vietnam a mistake, he didn’t make many friends by writing this document of warrior focus. Firmly believing there was a way to win the Vietnam war, his approach was never taken seriously. Nevertheless, his savy military mindset is second to none and writing this brutally honest memoir is a tribute to all fighting men. Recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Colonel David H. Hackworth (US Army, Ret.)

Author Bio: Colonel David H. Hackworth (US Army, Ret.)

Colonel David H. Hackworth (US Army, Ret.) spent almost five years of combat duty in Vietnam, as well as twenty-five years in the service of our nation’s defense. His books include About Face, a New York Times bestseller, and Hazardous Duty and The Price of Honor, national bestsellers.

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Author Bio: Julie Sherman

Author Bio: Julie Sherman

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 40.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English