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Old January 9th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #1
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Col. David Hackworth's "About Face"

A review of the complexities of the war in Vietnam which was run from central command in distant WDC rather than soldiers in the field of operations placing US troops in intenable situations that cost many America combat causalties.

No matter what you think of "Hack" this book will dispell the notion that war is a precise clinial operation that can we run from afar.

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Old January 15th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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About Face by Col. David Hackworth is an excellent book . Well-written , knowledgeable , articulate . From the Korean War and inclusive of the Vietnam War "Hack" has written a thoughtful book that one refers to it often. He was an excellent small unit tactician -platoon, company and battalion .
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #3

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An excellent book. Hackworth is one of the best writers about the war in Vietnam, and military leadership in general you will find anywhere.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #4

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Yeah, read it many years ago. I'd like to read it again.
A great account of a mans life in the US army through two wars and then his disillusionment with it.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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I also read it several times, together with A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan. Both brilliant books that should be essential reading for anyone interested in mid-20th century US military history.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 08:24 AM   #6
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Good to find agreement (for once).

Hack's description of the interface between the command struture and the soldier is most revealing in modern warfare. Some might see war as clinical procedure rather grewly ordeal testing the very limits of human endurance yet it goes on over and over again.

Peter, Paul and Mary's "The Anwer is Blowing in the Wind" laments this condition in a plantive song probably long forgotten. It was popular during the "Peace Movement" during the sixites and the anti-war protestors.

It seems only human to repeat history and here we have it again.

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