The true story of Carlos Hathcock, a Marine sniper in Vietnam with probably over 300 kills. The author does embellish some. As an example, he puts dialogue in the North Vietnamese mouths and minds which detracts from the authenticity of the story. The story of Hathcock hunting the enemy female sniper "Apache," known for torturing her captives by cutting off their eyelids and other appendages is highlighted, along with Carlos' battles with snipers who were sent to kill him. At one time the North Vietnamese had a wanted dead or alive poster of him paying substantial money for his death. Much of this story reminded me of the film "Enemy at the Gates," another story about snipers hunting each other. As of this date Youtube has a decent interview with Hathcock and it's worth searching for if you enjoy the book. I would recommend this title along with two other recent audio war books: "House to House" by David Bellavia and "War" by Sebastian Junger.
Dan Harris suffered a panic attack while delivering the evening news in front of millions of people. I can't imagine anything more personally and professionally embarrassing. You can see the actual panic attack on youtube. His career path in jeopardy, Dan Harris knows he's got to literally change the way he thinks and lives. What follows is an intense personal journey to find out why this happened and the search for practical processes he can use for real and lasting change. Dan is one hell of a writer and his love of words and the English language shines. His writing really flows. He writes the truth as he sees it and never spares his own faulty missteps in telling his story. The writing is sharp, informative, interesting to hear and occasionally very funny. Although quite detailed he is never boring and I followed his story to the end with high enthusiasm. So wonderfully detailed, I personally would read a book on any subject Dan Harris would care to write. If you have ever dealt with stress overload and/or panic attacks you would find this a very worthy listen. Dan Harris reads the book and his reading is excellent, he has a great voice, very Peter Jennings-esque in his delivery which I liked.
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