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Platoon Leader

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    James R. McDonough(Author)
A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.' "Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri of combat yarns. . . McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller's eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. . . . For the author's honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about."-"Army Times" "From the Paperback edition."

Col. James McDonough, USA (Ret.), graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader in the legendary 173d Airborne Brigade. A military theorist who has helped shape the post-Cold War army's thinking, he is also the author of The Defense of Hill 781 and The Limits of Glory. Now retired from active duty, McDonough lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Malcolm Pagett on 31 July 2017

    This is an excellent read. It tells the story of James. R. Mcdonough (Col. Ret). A young and first time Platoon leader at the height of the Vietnam war. The memoir shows how he wents threw doubts and fears, to trying to earn the respect (and giving well earned respect) to the already experience members of his platoon. Lt. McDonough also highlighted the problems almost always present in the vietnam war, from the constant shortage of men, to never knowing who the enemy is and who hinders and help their efforts.

  • By Mr Mark L Payling on 13 September 2017

    Platoon Leader is a vivid first hand account of leadership of an infantry platoon defending a Vietnam village. This is not an account of the airborne helicopter search and destroy campaign. Nevertheless the steady attrition of the platoon's number by booby traps and snipers, while they patrol the area around the village, makes a depressing account of the remorseless pressure applied by the enemy that generally comprised the menfolk of the village (occupied only by women, children and old men) being protected. So the final brutal attack on the village by the enemy, murdering its own people, provides a ghastly insight into the ruthlessness with which the Viet Cong fought this conflict.

  • By MR C. on 19 July 2016

    Wow a powerful and emotional account of the authors experience of the Vietnam warI would thoroughly recommend reading this book.This book also can teach you how to be an effective leader. Not just in a military setting but in life in general. It won't explicitly tell you point by point instead it's wrapped within the authors narrative and its up to the reader to think and analyze.

  • By Guest on 10 August 2008

    A brilliant, very personal, brilliantly written book about a leader's role. A very interesting look into a good leader's head and his thoughts, doubts, concerns. If you look for a good leadership book - this is the one. Balanced, yet very personal. If you look for a good memoire from Vietnam - this is the one. The real tragedy of that war in his own words, in personla experience. No big glory, no medal of honor, yet a humble but very respectful personality. Touching.A book I think I am going to read again - this is just how good it is.Absolutely recommended.

  • By bookworm on 25 February 2013

    Excellent book about command. Made a change to get the officer,s viewpoint rather than the grunt. Would recommend to anyone interested in Vietnam War.

  • By Stu on 12 August 2012

    To date this is the best Vietnam book I have read, once i started to read it I could not put it down. The authors honesty and attention to detail are a credit to a man that lived through one of the biggest and most shocking events a soldier should witness.I can not recommend this book enough if you have an interest in the Vietnam War Era then this book should be at the top of your list, you will not be disapointed.

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