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Author: Julie Sherman,David H. Hackworth
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Title: About Face: Odyssey of an American Warrior
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Language: English
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (March 1, 1989)
Pages: 875

About Face: Odyssey of an American Warrior by Julie Sherman,David H. Hackworth



David H. Hackworth (Co. . Army, Re. spent almost five years of combat duty in Vietnam, as well as twenty-five years in the service of our nation's defense. Eilhys England produces feature films and writes with her partner and husband, David Hackworth. They live in Connecticut and Australia. Raw, unvarnished life experience of Col Dave Hackworth. You can see his pessimisism and contempt build throughout the book for what the Army had become by the end of his service in uniform. Recommend this to anyone interested in basic leadership or military matters.

Everything in this book is written to contrast 'Hackworth the Warrior, Stud of Studs, Master of Battle' against the 'Perfumed Princes' who lied failed to achieve victory in Korea or Vietnam, and betrayed the trust of their troops the American people through a cabal that covers up inadequate training and shoddy procurement. About Face: The Odyssey of An American Soldier by Col David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman. It was released in hardcover in March 1989. This 875 page book chronicles the 25 year career of David Hackworth. The writing is excellent and interesting. In one section of the book, Colonel Hackworth proceeds to describe his effort to turn the 4/39th into an effective fighting force. Casualties went down and morale went up.

David H. Hackworth, Julie Sherman. Simon and Schuster, 1. Called everything a twentieth century war memoir could possibly be by The New York Times, this national bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth presents a vivid and powerful portrait of a life of patriotism. From age fifteen to forty David Hackworth devoted himself to the US Army and fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their. A serious autobiography and war(s) memoir. About Face is the defining book on Colonel David Hackworth. Coming in at just under 1000 pages, this tome surprisingly reads fast. I read "after" having read.

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior. by Julie Sherman and David H. Hackworth.

Colonel David Hackworth is not considered to be one of the biggest thinkers. In fact, he turned down many opportunities to get in the most popular educational institutions such as West Point and Army War College. Turning these opportunities down was influenced by his so-called warrior attitude which his book reflects. The lessons learned from Hackworth’s book, About Face, The Odyssey of An American Warrior, shall be analyzed and applied onto recent issues that affect both management and administrative employees.

by David H. Other authors: See the other authors section. Overall, my opinion of Hackworth hasn't changed drastically from reading About Face. He's still egotistical, he's still lacking in certain moral areas, but what Hackworth really was was a pure, dyed-in-the-wool soldier. A brave and decorated man who lived an incredible, if not crazy life.

With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth?s story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment of the Pentagon?s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and of the bureaucracy of self-interest that fueled the war. If you want to download �About Face: The Odyssey Of An American Warrior� in PDF for free, this is recommended.

At age 15, David Hackworth lied about his age and joined the post-World War II Army, at 20, he won a battlefield commission in Korea, and at 40, a full colonel, but weary, embittered and demoralized after four tours of duty in Vietnam, he handed in his papers and went off to live in Australia-"the farthest place I could find from. His memoir is the story of a boldly adventurous life spent in the service of his country and at the same time an indictment of an institution that he loved but eventually found he could no longer abide. To a degree it is the kind of expose of the Army that every reasonably literate recruit dreams one day of writing. With anger that still flares brightly 18 years after he resigned, Hackworth describes some of the crimes, follies, flagrant inefficiencies and shoddy breaches of faith that he saw and experienced in the course of his full and honorable career.

Hackworth came up through the ranks and served as an infantry officer in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was revered by his men and respected by all who worked with him. While the stories of combat are incredible and there is so much to be learned about battlefield tactics in the book, the real lessons for me are about leadership. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth’s story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military.

Hackworth's disenchantment culminated in a 1971 appearance on "Issues and Answers" that ended his career. Yet his criticism is both intemperate and indiscriminate, leaving unclear exactly what lessons he draws from Vietnam, other than that the army is no better positioned now for the most likely wars-unconventional, messily political, limited conflicts in the Third World-than it was then. About Face: The Odyssey Of An American Warrior. By Col. David H. Hackworth, USA (Re. and Julie Sherman. Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Called "everything a twentieth century war memoir could possibly be" by The New York Times, this national bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth presents a vivid and powerful portrait of a life of patriotism. From age fifteen to forty David Hackworth devoted himself to the US Army and fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. With About Face, he has written what many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam, Hackworth's story is that of an exemplary patriot, played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment of the Pentagon's fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and of the bureaucracy of self-interest that fueled the war.
Reviews: 7
Bludworm
I had some e-mail correspondence with Hack back in the 1990's, sharing our Army experience. I wish I had read this book back then to have a better appreciation of what a great man and soldier he was. His exploits, his almost insane bravery on the battlefield, are breathtaking. More poignantly, Hack was a no-nonsense practical soldier who grew to despise the numerous examples of careerism, "yes-man ism" and other forms of corruption that detracted from the Army's excellence as a fighting force. After 30 years in the Army I too left it with a fair amount of disillusionment, which is tragic for an institution that is so vital to the survival of the American nation. I was in Kosovo in 2005 when I heard the news he had died. I was very sad then...and am even more sad now to know even better what a wonderful man, soldier, and Ameican we lost. We need a lot more like him...but today's military weeds out the true warriors because they are looked upon as being too 'uncouth.' No wonder we no longer win our wars.
Mr.Twister
It's a classic and deserves to be. Hackworth is a heroic solider and a heroic critic of the army and government he served. The descriptions of battle and living conditions are vivid and illustrate the 'war is hell' mantra. The insights into failed strategy, top-level political decisions and pathetic self-serving military bureaucracy are, frankly, frightening. As a history of Korea and Viet Nam this book invaluable, if you want a dirt and mud-eye view of the wars and the cost of top-level incompetence and ignorance.
Risteacor
Opinions vary on Colonel Hackworth's political views, but nobody questions his integrity and bravery. "About Face" is an extremely thorough autobiographical look at Hack's career from his humble beginnings as an underage recruit in the Merchant Marines all the way to his resignation. It is a fascinating journey. Hack had a way with words that only a grunt can truly appreciate. He was the true master of guerrilla warfare in the US Army. His courage in battle sometimes verged on foolhardiness, but is was unquestionable.

Hack will be sorely missed by many of us. I recommend this book highly for anyone with an interest in leadership, military history, Korea, Vietnam, or just the journalist David Hackworth. It gives a well rounded picture of what built him, and who he was as a man. This book is a must read.
Voodoogore
Hack loved the Army and loved his country, and this comes through every page and word in this lengthy autobiography. There is so much information contained in the over 800 pages, spaning the life on an Infantryman from the Merchant Marine in the final stages of WWII until his retirement after his last Vietnam tour in 1971, that probably everybody will find something to like and/or dislike. He chose to tell his story in detail and with a clear aim, and he succeeded. If you serve(ed) in the Armed Forces, this book is a required reading and will give you plenty of material to think about. If you never wore a uniform, a few things might not be readily understandable but you will still have an interesting story to read (maybe skipping a few pages here and there) - highly recommended.
Berkohi
One of the best books written about the Korean War and the View Nam war. No holds barred, written by a man who was on the front lines. A career military man who when he started to question the Viet Nam war was hounded by government agents. A lot of military house mouses subsequently questioned his "patriotism".
GoodBuyMyFriends
An absolutely superb, candid account of David Hackworth's long career
in the US Army. His unflinching review of the mistakes made at every
level, from training to front line combat is breathtaking--and appears
to still be true today. Last week 8 US GI's were KIA when their combat
base--in an isolated valley surrounded by enemy-controlled mountains--
was overrun by a large enemy force. That was in Afghanistan, 2009; but
it could easily have been Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968! As Hackworth states
repeatedly, lessons learned the hard way are simply not passed on to
those who need them. He notes the total one hour of training on mines at
Ft. Lewis, with no "demonstrator" mines, at a time when mines were
causing 50% of US casualties in Vietnam! This book should be required
reading before anyone is commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, but it is
also fascinating for those of us who enjoy military history.
Jorad
Raw, unvarnished life experience of Col Dave Hackworth. You can see his pessimisism and contempt build throughout the book for what the Army had become by the end of his service in uniform. Recommend this to anyone interested in basic leadership or military matters.
I have read and re-read this book for many years. It contains many insights into the nature of leadership and the costs of resisting the status-quo and speaking the truth. Col. Hackworth was an American warrior in both mind and spirit.He was ultimately vindicated in his pronouncements on the worthlessness of our involvement in Vietnam. His insights on the nature of political-wars, like Vietnam and now in Afghanistan and Iraq remain just as vital today as they were earlier. May the spirit of Col. David Hackworth live on in the ranks of the US military.