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A. C. Hudson

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  • Life and Death in the Central Highlands

  • An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)
  • By: James T. Gillam
  • Narrated by: Todd Belcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African-Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative

  • By Doc Holliday on 04-03-17

Best I've Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-17

This is the most honest and sincere account of what it was like to fight as a drafted soldier for the Viet Nam war. Incredibly engaging.

  • Hammerhead Six

  • How Green Berets Waged an Unconventional War Against the Taliban to Win in Afghanistan's Deadly Pech Valley
  • By: Ronald Fry, Tad Tuleja - contributor
  • Narrated by: Ronald Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another War Story

  • By Jason on 02-28-16

Just terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I knew this work would be preachy as soon as "LDS" was mentioned. I was right.

Almost zero combat described.