Harvard graduate Robin Moore’s classic best seller The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army’s Elite Special Forces Unit is a gripping work of fiction, heavily based on time which the author spent embedded in a US Army Special Forces unit that toured Vietnam in 1963.
Jim Frangione’s performance in this eye-opening audiobook is spot-on, his gruff voice perfectly suited to the endless action and often horrific descriptions of on-the-ground combat in a violent and unpredictable warzone. Even after half a century, Moore’s tight, tense prose is still gripping, and his insights about humanity in wartime still stirring and relevant.
Robin Moore became one of the first true embedded journalists by training with and fighting alongside the Green Berets in Vietnam. Though fictionalized, his work is an eye-opening exposé of the horrors of the Vietnam War and the basis for the hit John Wayne movie of the same title. Taut, fast-paced, and interspersed with unforgettable accounts of combat, Moore’s novel features an American major who goes "native" with Montagnard tribesmen, a courageous Vietnamese girl who poses as a rabid anti-American Communist to capture a murderous Viet Cong officer, and the unforgettable acts of courage of soldiers in the field.
©1965, 1999, 2007 Robin Moore (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This is a confusing book in many ways. It's a work of fiction. However, it's based on the authors experience. He went through Jump School and training with Special Forces before going over to Vietnam. It's hard to be sure what's representative and what might be fictional. It's represented by the author is being based on events with names and places changed to protect sources. It's worth reading, if for no other reason, than it influenced many to join the Green Berets, or so the author claims. It was the source material for the 1960's movie of the same title starring, John Wayne. I felt that the Americans came off as too good, and too clean to be fully true, but maybe I'm just a post Watergate cynic? I found the book read well overall. There is a extensive glossary up front which can help those not as familiar with a lot of the military terms and slang used. The last chapter of General Shelton seemed out of place somehow.
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