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K. Subra

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  • Dead Men Flying

  • Victory in Viet Nam: The Legend of Dust Off: America's Battlefield Angels
  • By: Patrick Henry Brady, Meghan Brady Smith
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Viet Nam may be the only war we ever fought, or perhaps that was ever fought, in which the heroism of the American soldier was accompanied by humanitarianism unmatched in the annals of warfare. And the humanitarianism took place during the heat of the battle. The GI fixed as he fought, he cured and educated and built in the middle of the battle. He truly cared for, and about, those people. What other Army has ever done that? Humanitarianism was America's great victory in Viet Nam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and Engaging

  • By K. Subra on 07-21-18

Insightful and Engaging

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Reviewed: 07-21-18

I enjoyed the book from start to finish. The author's first-hand knowledge of helicopter medical rescue ("Dustoff") cannot be over-emphasized. Brady's experience from almost getting discharged from the Army for not making rank to becoming commander of a dust off unit during his second tour in Viet Nam brought this to life. I knew nothing of "Dustoff" and their pilots before this book. I now believe them to be some of the most courageous heros of any Amercian military conflict. Well-written book which highlights the deeds of many unsung heros.

  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fresh Look at a Famous Battle

  • By W. F. Rucker on 07-03-13

Very interesting, well researched, and engaging.

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Reviewed: 05-09-18

Very interesting, well-researched, and engaging. I was amazed a the depth of detail of this work. I also enjoyed the Q & A with the author at the end.

  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!

  • By Chris on 04-09-12

A gritty account of love and loyalty

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Reviewed: 08-30-17

A sobering and yet warm account of love and loyalty that developed amongst a platoon of men under amazingly difficult conditions. Shocking, yet also heartwarming.

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Way better than the movie.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Told from the perspective of many participants on both sides, and from a clearly neutral and honest approach, I highly recommend this well-researched account of Task Force Ranger.