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  • Things I'll Never Forget

  • Memories of a Marine in Viet Nam
  • By: James M. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Things I’ll Never Forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his brain. This is not a pro-war book, nor is it anti-war. It is the true story of what the Marine Corps was like in the late 1960’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stirred up memories

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-01-19

One of the best...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

books on the Vietnam War about life as a US Marine Corp grunt. Hopefully, our youth will want to read this and become a bit more smarter about that nasty conflict.

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  • Tree of Smoke

  • A Novel
  • By: Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tree of smoke

  • By ed spilka on 12-13-07

Should be a movie!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

A bit confusing at times, but over all its a pretty good read. I can also this as a good movie as well.

  • Dispatches

  • By: Michael Herr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its first publication, Dispatches still retains its resonance as America finds itself amidst another military quagmire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the GREAT war memoirs of ALL TIME!

  • By Darwin8u on 04-11-12

Absolutely. ..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

mind blowing! Strap yourself in for this ride ladies and gents. It's gonna take you for a wild ride!

  • Close Combat

  • The Corps Series, Book 6
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

As Japanese forces close in for an all-out effort to recapture Guadalcanal from the American forces occupying the island, many fates converge and intertwine. First Lieutenant William Dunn, 21 years old but already one of the only two pilots remaining from his fighter squadron’s original 16, must learn what it is like to lead men - and to lose them. Hot-tempered Sergeant Thomas McCoy finds he has a hero’s welcome waiting stateside - if he can avoid a court-martial first. On a bloody island, Major Jake Dillon discovers just how much combat is involved in a combat correspondent’s life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captures your attention.

  • By R. Hansen on 05-30-15

Absolutely brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-17

There are only two words that can best describe these books in this series. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Counterattack

  • The Corps Series, Book 3
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

"From the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to America’s first bold counterstrike against the Japanese on the beaches of Guadalcanal, this compelling story takes you to the front lines of victory and defeat - and into the very heart of courage, loyalty, and valor. It is a heroic story of pride and passion you will never forget.... Griffin’s books are distinguished by their high action and suspense, his dashing irreverence toward high command, and his clear picture of war and its wartime leaders.” (The Florida Times-Union)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be misled

  • By James E. Omalley on 06-08-12

Totally Awesome read!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

These books are difficult to put down. I'm so happy to be able to read and re-read them as many times as I want.