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  • To Hell and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Audie Murphy
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Audie Murphy was a desperately poor eighteen-year-old orphan when he joined the Army, nineteen when he first saw a buddy die from an enemy bullet and an enemy die from one of his own. By VE day, he had killed at least 240 Germans, had single-handedly destroyed a German tank in one battle and held off six tanks in another, and had become the most decorated soldier in American history, winning every medal his country offered, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    charles says: "Great book by one of the true American heroes"
    "Hell and Back"
    Overall

    I was impressed with how Audie Murphy (and his ghostwriter) were able to focus on his consciousness, all the things he thinks about while in war. He deals with the same difficulties that continue to this day. For example, having to follow the rules of engagement. He had to take care of the Germans who they had wounds. He talks about why he fights: to stay alive and keep your buddies alive. He talks about how incredibly lucky he was. He talks about seeing a prostitute but leaving it unsure if they consummated the relationship. Audie and his brothers in arms used extensive humor to be able to tolerate the war. He does not mention any of the awards he was given. He describes the event that awarded him the Metal Of Honor. He does a very good job detailing how he had so may lucky incidents. Audie jumps on a tank and takes the 50 cal and begins shooting the Germans. THe Germans expected the burning tank was abandoned because it was about to blow up. Audie says he didn't know this and probably wouldn't have if he'd have known. different lucky incident. There was then a wind the blew the snow in such a way to allow him to remain unseen while he killed the Germans. My conclusion is that it is a great war memoir and is as pertinent to it today as it was in 1950's when it came out.

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