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Kertomus miehistä, joiden päässä on vihreä baretti, John F. Kennedyn erikoisjoukkojen tunnus. Näitä miehiä on kaikkialla kehitysmaissa, joissa kommunisteilla on vallankumouspyrkimyksiä: he toimivat kommunismin vastustajien neuvonantajina ja sotilaskouluttajina. Tämä kirja kertoo pääasiassa näiden erikoismiesten operaatioista Etelä-Vietnamissa, jossa tilanne on muuttunut ra Kertomus miehistä, joiden päässä on vihreä baretti, John F. Kennedyn erikoisjoukkojen tunnus. Näitä miehiä on kaikkialla kehitysmaissa, joissa kommunisteilla on vallankumouspyrkimyksiä: he toimivat kommunismin vastustajien neuvonantajina ja sotilaskouluttajina. Tämä kirja kertoo pääasiassa näiden erikoismiesten operaatioista Etelä-Vietnamissa, jossa tilanne on muuttunut raivokkaaksi sodaksi. Yksi heistä on Steve Kornie eli suomalainen Mannerheim-ristin ritari Lauri Törni, jonka johtamia taistelutoimia kirjailija laajasti kuvaa tehden Törnistä erään Vietnamin sodan suurimmista sankareista. ”Vihreät baretit” on kirjoitettu kaunokirjalliseen muotoon. Silti näillä sivuilla olevat asiat, joita on ehkä vaikea uskoa, ovat totta. Nimiä ja yksityiskohtia on kirjailija muuttanut, koska erikoisjoukkojen operaatiot Vietnamissa ovat toisinaan varsin epäsovinnaisia. Jos sellaiset tapahtumat esitettäisiin todenmukaisina ja ilmoitettaisiin nimet, päivämäärät ja paikat, voisivat Yhdysvaltojen Vietnamissa olevat suunnittelijat joutua vaikeaa tilanteeseen ja upseerien urat vaarantua.


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Kertomus miehistä, joiden päässä on vihreä baretti, John F. Kennedyn erikoisjoukkojen tunnus. Näitä miehiä on kaikkialla kehitysmaissa, joissa kommunisteilla on vallankumouspyrkimyksiä: he toimivat kommunismin vastustajien neuvonantajina ja sotilaskouluttajina. Tämä kirja kertoo pääasiassa näiden erikoismiesten operaatioista Etelä-Vietnamissa, jossa tilanne on muuttunut ra Kertomus miehistä, joiden päässä on vihreä baretti, John F. Kennedyn erikoisjoukkojen tunnus. Näitä miehiä on kaikkialla kehitysmaissa, joissa kommunisteilla on vallankumouspyrkimyksiä: he toimivat kommunismin vastustajien neuvonantajina ja sotilaskouluttajina. Tämä kirja kertoo pääasiassa näiden erikoismiesten operaatioista Etelä-Vietnamissa, jossa tilanne on muuttunut raivokkaaksi sodaksi. Yksi heistä on Steve Kornie eli suomalainen Mannerheim-ristin ritari Lauri Törni, jonka johtamia taistelutoimia kirjailija laajasti kuvaa tehden Törnistä erään Vietnamin sodan suurimmista sankareista. ”Vihreät baretit” on kirjoitettu kaunokirjalliseen muotoon. Silti näillä sivuilla olevat asiat, joita on ehkä vaikea uskoa, ovat totta. Nimiä ja yksityiskohtia on kirjailija muuttanut, koska erikoisjoukkojen operaatiot Vietnamissa ovat toisinaan varsin epäsovinnaisia. Jos sellaiset tapahtumat esitettäisiin todenmukaisina ja ilmoitettaisiin nimet, päivämäärät ja paikat, voisivat Yhdysvaltojen Vietnamissa olevat suunnittelijat joutua vaikeaa tilanteeseen ja upseerien urat vaarantua.

30 review for Vihreät baretit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    The #5 bestseller in 1965 was a tough read for me. In 1965, I graduated from high school. By 1967, I was a full-blown protester against the Vietnam War. When I started My Big Fat Reading Project, reading books from the 1940s, I found many antiwar sentiments alongside books about, and even glorifying, war. For decades I embraced pacifism. Now in my 70s, I realize that pacifism is a fine ideal but does not work out in real life. All the way from what would you do if someone was trying to destroy The #5 bestseller in 1965 was a tough read for me. In 1965, I graduated from high school. By 1967, I was a full-blown protester against the Vietnam War. When I started My Big Fat Reading Project, reading books from the 1940s, I found many antiwar sentiments alongside books about, and even glorifying, war. For decades I embraced pacifism. Now in my 70s, I realize that pacifism is a fine ideal but does not work out in real life. All the way from what would you do if someone was trying to destroy a loved one to what if some country is trying to destroy your own. I have also espoused non-violence but observed that eventually most oppressed humans resort to violence. Robin Moore was a journalist who got permission to train as a Green Beret and then imbed himself with these Special Forces units in Vietnam to get first hand information on how and why they practiced guerilla warfare. He turned those experiences into fictional stories about some of the operations. According to him, JFK wholeheartedly backed the endeavor, including CIA involvement in some of the operations. The idea grew out of the realization that for Western nations to fight communism in the far east, it appeared impossible to win by conventional military manuevers. Having read the book, mainly loathing it the whole way, I understand those pressures better. I also learned how the US Military was at war with itself over these new approaches and how some of the top generals actually sabotaged the Special Forces. I felt fortunate to have read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, in which I got the story of the conflicts within the Vietnamese governments. Fast forward to the present when the art of war has become even more complex. I don't need to explain. Just read the news. I still believe that war is not the answer to human problems though it sure seems that to many it is just accepted as the way things are. I don't mean to discount the bravery, patriotism and commitment of soldiers but I do condemn the huge loss of human lives as the price we pay. I really do wonder, if any entity could do a correct poll or survey, what the majority of human beings think about the necessity or inevitability of war. What do you think? Now we are fighting another war against little invisible things called viruses. War news has suddenly become almost absent but it is for sure war and human beings are not united in this war either. Of course there are plenty of courageous and dedicated individuals doing all they can to save lives, to do the right things concerning the spread of the virus; there are officials taking appropriate steps to protect lives. We will get through it somehow but again the result is huge losses. I am sorry if this post brings you down. I pondered whether or not I should enter this review into the conversation today. Still, this could be a time for us to dedicate ourselves to becoming more educated and responsible for our fellow man, to consider alternatives to the past and what we as individuals, families, groups, can do for each other and our planet. Out of suffering and mistakes and destruction can come new understandings and intelligence and bright ideas. Keep the wisdom!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Burnam-Fink

    It seems only right that the first Vietnam War novel would come out about the same time as Gulf of Tonkin resolution. Robin Moore got as close to the Green Berets as possible, going through jump school and special forces training to build trust with his subjects, and not be liability in the field. He definitely did go to Vietnam, and spend several months in a very secret war that most people didn't even know about. The blend of first-hand reporting, war stories, and outright fiction is strongest It seems only right that the first Vietnam War novel would come out about the same time as Gulf of Tonkin resolution. Robin Moore got as close to the Green Berets as possible, going through jump school and special forces training to build trust with his subjects, and not be liability in the field. He definitely did go to Vietnam, and spend several months in a very secret war that most people didn't even know about. The blend of first-hand reporting, war stories, and outright fiction is strongest when it sticks closest to Moore's personal experience. The defense of an isolated outpost, patrols, and helicopter med-evacs all have that live wire electricity of great reporting. The war stories are weirder: being the only white man commanding a Montagnard warrior band in Laos, or recruiting a female agent to honeypot a VC spy, and don't capture the psychological dimension of the characters. The last section of the book is an outright fantasy about setting up a guerrilla network in North Vietnam. Many attempts along these lines were made, and they universally ended in disaster against the Communist police state of the north. Moore has some great little word portraits of the Special Forces and their Montagnard allies, a period look at sophisticated new weapons like the claymore mine and AR-15 rifle, and nothing but derision for the South Vietnamese and the remaining French. A fascinating bit of history, but one that has not aged well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    These are some amazing stories about Vietnam-era US Army Special Forces ("Green Berets") by an embedded reporter. It's hard to tell how much of this is accurate -- it was fictionalized for operational security reasons (among other reasons), but I believe it is widely perceived to be plausible/representative of that early stage of the conflict. I'm much more familiar personally with modern SF (2005-2010 or so), and this is pretty much another world from what "white" SF did in Iraq/Afghanistan, bu These are some amazing stories about Vietnam-era US Army Special Forces ("Green Berets") by an embedded reporter. It's hard to tell how much of this is accurate -- it was fictionalized for operational security reasons (among other reasons), but I believe it is widely perceived to be plausible/representative of that early stage of the conflict. I'm much more familiar personally with modern SF (2005-2010 or so), and this is pretty much another world from what "white" SF did in Iraq/Afghanistan, but that's because in those conflicts they were not really being used for their doctrinal mission, were kept on a short leash, and all the secret squirrel stuff was by definition done by JSOC. The crazy thing (which could never happen today) is that the author went through Airborne/Jump School and SF training, and got very close to the action on various missions (to the level of carrying extra ammunition for others, but not generally a weapon.) At the time, SF wasn't directly fighting, just advising, so it is a little more understandable, but wow, times have changed. Essentially, life at small bases, working with indigenous forces, struggles with the Republic of Vietnam government, interactions with CIA ("Combined Studies Group"), and some dirty tricks with agents (recruiting people who had personally been harmed by the communists, and operations across borders). Most of the stories are riveting while also being sad, and overall the whole thing is much sadder once you realize this was the early escalation phase of an ultimately doomed conflict. A few of the stories seemed completely plausible -- details about how Vietnamese Government forces failed in the field, and politics between SF ODA and the conventional army. There was some weird fantasy stuff about running massive guerrilla operations with undercover networks and armies raised seems unlikely to have happened at that stage in the war.

  4. 5 out of 5

    L.

    A bit eye-rolling at times, caused by Testosterone Overload. It also didn't help to have Lee Greenwood constantly humming in my ear as I read. Based on true stories but told as fiction, the book follows a civilian reporter who collects the personal stories of, trains with, and sometimes participates on missions along side of members of the Special Forces known as the Green Berets. They go around showing how Americans are the bestest of the restest. Manly men who are taller and stronger than the A bit eye-rolling at times, caused by Testosterone Overload. It also didn't help to have Lee Greenwood constantly humming in my ear as I read. Based on true stories but told as fiction, the book follows a civilian reporter who collects the personal stories of, trains with, and sometimes participates on missions along side of members of the Special Forces known as the Green Berets. They go around showing how Americans are the bestest of the restest. Manly men who are taller and stronger than the Asian men they're fighting with/against, as the author keeps reminding us. I found it interesting that whenever there was persuasive interviewing of prisoners going on, it was always done by our allies. Americans may suggest the torture, they may sit in and watch the torture going on, but they never did the torture. Because torture is unAmerican. As to be expected by a book so top heavy with testosterone, what few female characters that are mentioned are usually given the shaft. Not even a hen gets away with retaining her dignity. Poor hen. Author Robin Moore mysteriously labels one story as a "romance" when all it is is a G.I. desperate to get into a local woman's drawers and the Vietnamese basically telling him, "Me not so horny. Me not love you long time. Me go to college." Another chapter details how the Special Forces successfully turn women into WAC's (Whores Against Communism). But it all works out in the end, as the money made from the whorehouse will go towards paying for teachers. Everybody wins! *Note: before anyone gets their panties in a wad, I am not criticizing the actual Green Berets. This is a review of a book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is a confusing book in many ways. It's a work of fiction. However, it's based on the authors experience. He went through Jump School and training with Special Forces before going over to Vietnam. It's hard to be sure what's representative and what might be fictional. It's represented by the author is being based on events with names and places changed to protect sources. It's worth reading, if for no other reason, than it influenced many to join the Green Berets, or so the author claims. It This is a confusing book in many ways. It's a work of fiction. However, it's based on the authors experience. He went through Jump School and training with Special Forces before going over to Vietnam. It's hard to be sure what's representative and what might be fictional. It's represented by the author is being based on events with names and places changed to protect sources. It's worth reading, if for no other reason, than it influenced many to join the Green Berets, or so the author claims. It was the source material for the 1960's movie of the same title starring, John Wayne. I felt that the Americans came off as too good, and too clean to be fully true, but maybe I'm just a post Watergate cynic? I found the book read well overall. There is a extensive glossary up front which can help those not as familiar with a lot of the military terms and slang used. The last chapter of General Shelton seemed out of place somehow.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Educational. Informative. Disturbing. "The men whose names are on The Wall, and thousands of others whose lives were destroyed by the Vietnam War, did not make their sacrifices so we would repeat our mistakes and fear "sending the wrong message". Their families do not want to believe their men died in vain. We must be a decisive nation when we recognize human catastrophes, whether we are dealing with African despots, Balkan dictators or Chinese human rights violators." Excellent ending. Educational. Informative. Disturbing. "The men whose names are on The Wall, and thousands of others whose lives were destroyed by the Vietnam War, did not make their sacrifices so we would repeat our mistakes and fear "sending the wrong message". Their families do not want to believe their men died in vain. We must be a decisive nation when we recognize human catastrophes, whether we are dealing with African despots, Balkan dictators or Chinese human rights violators." Excellent ending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    Very good stories of the exploits of the special forces group. Well written as not a history but the memories of the writer. Very Recommended

  8. 5 out of 5

    April

    Loved it!!!! Very insightful and written!! From a Vietnam Veterans Daughter!! Welcome Home to all who have served! A must read to everyone!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    “The Green Berets” is a collection of fictional short-stories that are based on actual events. I seriously doubt the book could be written today because the US Government and the Army most likely wouldn’t allow a civilian reporter to complete the various training programs for the Green Berets nor would they allow a civilian to carry a weapon in an armed conflict. But, things were a lot different in the early 1960’s, and this book paints a picture of the brave men who earned the right to wear the “The Green Berets” is a collection of fictional short-stories that are based on actual events. I seriously doubt the book could be written today because the US Government and the Army most likely wouldn’t allow a civilian reporter to complete the various training programs for the Green Berets nor would they allow a civilian to carry a weapon in an armed conflict. But, things were a lot different in the early 1960’s, and this book paints a picture of the brave men who earned the right to wear the green beret and serve in the special forces during the Vietnam Conflict. The stories cover the early stages of the war when the Americans were serving in advisory roles, and there was still hope of actually winning in Vietnam; however, the author doesn’t pull any punches when he shows how unwinnable the war would became as the Green Berets battled not only against the Communists, but also against the Vietnamese government, the United States government, religious tolerance, greed, and corruption. In this updated version, I was glad the author showed the human side of the war by including a short love story. The other stories got into some of the grisly things the soldiers had to endure and also into some of the tactics they used to fight against the Communists. The Vietnam Conflict is a sad era of the US Military, but the author showed the braveness and loyalty of the special breed of men we call Green Berets.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carina

    This book really is rather un-put-downable at times. Unfortunately I was reading it on trains and in lunch breaks so I had to! But if that were not the case I can pretty much say this would have been a two day read for me. Although I found the end of the book to be a bit... self-serving (I could have done without the "Consumate Green Beret" chapter if I am honest - it dates this book a hell of a lot) the rest is just really engrossing. The introductions and the description of how the book came to This book really is rather un-put-downable at times. Unfortunately I was reading it on trains and in lunch breaks so I had to! But if that were not the case I can pretty much say this would have been a two day read for me. Although I found the end of the book to be a bit... self-serving (I could have done without the "Consumate Green Beret" chapter if I am honest - it dates this book a hell of a lot) the rest is just really engrossing. The introductions and the description of how the book came to be written and the history of the Green Berets are really interesting and set the book up well. This is the first 'war' book that I have read that actively made me cringe at a torture scene. I was reading it on the train into work and I had to put the book down for a moment because the description is just... well, descriptive. I've read other books that deal with torture (most recently The Railway Man where the author tells us of the torture he underwent) so I am not 100% sure why it effected me so much more here... the only thing I can think is that I know the pain of ripping a nail so the idea of having something forced underneath and then deeper into a finger is something I can vaguely relate to? To be honest, even the thought of it is making me wince. There were some stories here that seemed to cut off abruptly, for example the story told in "Hit 'Em Where They Live" - it would be nice to know if any of the berets made it out alive, and what other actions they did. I also felt the same about Kornie from the first story in the book - I'd have loved to have read more about him. I completely understand why we don't though - this book is telling us snippets of what went on, not the whole story. This really is an ode to the Green Berets, written by someone who knows what they go through, and admires them. They clearly have faults but these aren't dwelt upon in this book because that isn't the purpose here. The back of the book says this is what introduced the American people to the horror of Vietnam and if that is what it set out to do then it suceeded. I don't doubt that the men of the Green Berets deserve recognition (everyone in the armed forces does) and I think this is a fantastic read for anyone interested in either that aspect of the US military or in the Vietnam war.

  11. 5 out of 5

    brian andrews

    I started on this book based on the John Wayne film of the same name. You can see many plots of the film taken from the book. Also see references to Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness with the major in the jungle with the local tribe. Quasi fiction with mix of real stories intermixed. Would I recommend it? think its for the boygonne era of 70's and Vietnam War. For me it's read but something I wouldn't go back to again. I started on this book based on the John Wayne film of the same name. You can see many plots of the film taken from the book. Also see references to Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness with the major in the jungle with the local tribe. Quasi fiction with mix of real stories intermixed. Would I recommend it? think its for the boygonne era of 70's and Vietnam War. For me it's read but something I wouldn't go back to again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Eldredge

    Pretty amazing book for me. I worked George Hoffman, a Green Beret, with our scouts in Del Rio, Texas. I was in the USAF there ‘86-‘90. He taught our scouts some judo and knots. I still use the knots all the time. I still think I could knock someone to the ground if attacked. We went hiking and camping, I heard his stories. I thought of him as I read the book. Tonight I looked him up. At least check this one out: http://www.vietvet.org/crushed.htm More: http://www.vietvet.org/sonny.htm Pretty amazing book for me. I worked George Hoffman, a Green Beret, with our scouts in Del Rio, Texas. I was in the USAF there ‘86-‘90. He taught our scouts some judo and knots. I still use the knots all the time. I still think I could knock someone to the ground if attacked. We went hiking and camping, I heard his stories. I thought of him as I read the book. Tonight I looked him up. At least check this one out: http://www.vietvet.org/crushed.htm More: http://www.vietvet.org/sonny.htm

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy D Wilder

    educational Not being from a military background some of it was difficult to follow. I found many of the individual stories captivating and would love to know what happened to some of them. I also leave knowing more about the green beret history and function which was fascinating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Peter Barnett

    A Blend of Historical Fiction and Reality For the those interested in the Viet Nam War this is an interesting, if somewhat glamorized, view of history. What's true and what is fantasy we will never know but it makes a good read. Many of the biographies of the real characters can be found online so there is more than the usual grain of truth found in historical fiction. A Blend of Historical Fiction and Reality For the those interested in the Viet Nam War this is an interesting, if somewhat glamorized, view of history. What's true and what is fantasy we will never know but it makes a good read. Many of the biographies of the real characters can be found online so there is more than the usual grain of truth found in historical fiction.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Calysta Queener

    Green Berets Curiosity about this book developed from watching the movie of the same name. Viet nam was a well reported war. I was a bit too young to remember much and my brother was not talking about it as most who lived through it. This gave me a little more insight of the times.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Wombold

    Vietnam A very interesting book about the behind the scenes efforts of the Green Berets in Vietnam. Just like all special forces, I was amazed at some of the things that were done for God and country. A great read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Will England

    Good historical (fiction) account of the early days of the Vietnam War Clearly written, compelling stories. A good read, and a good reminder of our history. Each story is separate from the others but form a cohesive, coherent narrative.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joel Walton

    45 years later the politicians still are worthless politicians they won’t learn History repeats itself . The mistakes then are the mistakes the pols still make. Do not go if hot to win.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    20th Century Lure of Military Adventure The best summation for me of this book is that it reminds me of reading books like Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe. Absolute reality and adventure. But even more reality given the basis of this text. Wonderful read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justinas Rastenis

    Great book about U.S. Army's Special Forces that is mainly based on experiences in Vietnam War. What I enjoyed the most was the fact that the book is based on different stories from operators as well as writer's own experience. It was enjoyable and easy to listen. Great book about U.S. Army's Special Forces that is mainly based on experiences in Vietnam War. What I enjoyed the most was the fact that the book is based on different stories from operators as well as writer's own experience. It was enjoyable and easy to listen.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This was the book that the John Wayne movie"The Green Beret's" was based on. It is a collection of stories from the early day's of the Vietnam War around 63-64 when it was mainly "advisors" which consisted for the most part Special Forces (aka: Green Beret's) and support personnel. From what I can tell only one or two of the stories were used for the movie itself. It gives an interesting look at our involvement in the early part of the war before we had gotten more directly involved. You also ge This was the book that the John Wayne movie"The Green Beret's" was based on. It is a collection of stories from the early day's of the Vietnam War around 63-64 when it was mainly "advisors" which consisted for the most part Special Forces (aka: Green Beret's) and support personnel. From what I can tell only one or two of the stories were used for the movie itself. It gives an interesting look at our involvement in the early part of the war before we had gotten more directly involved. You also get the picture that it was a confusing war with a complicated strategy and no clear battle lines. In a way the book mirrors the war as it moves from one story to the next without a clear connection. It's a decent book that's worthwhile if you'd like to get an idea what the early days of Vietnam War were like.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Bishop

    An excellent read A close up and personal accounting of war prevented in a no nonsense way. A view that can not be gained by viewing it from afar. Great stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Dorf

    Unique and fairly raw perspective on a relevant global event with so many less-informed, more distant perspectives in the media.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Collection of individual, short, non-standard war stories.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Troy Stemen

    A classic Vietnam novel which bears little resemblance to the John Wayne movie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    Rambling nonsense.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hurricane453

    Excellent Read Takes the reader through some of the conflict in Vietnam so they come to understand what exactly our special forces were up against both in the field and through the chain of command. Those running the war had no clue just how to fight a battle in this atmosphere and didn't seem to care. Excellent Read Takes the reader through some of the conflict in Vietnam so they come to understand what exactly our special forces were up against both in the field and through the chain of command. Those running the war had no clue just how to fight a battle in this atmosphere and didn't seem to care.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott Holstad

    I love this book. I first read it many years ago in high school and it's stuck with me ever since, so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I bought it and reread it and I'm glad I did. The Green Berets is journalistic nonfiction being marketed as fiction to protect the identity and locations of the people and places involved. Since this book was published in 1965, the north Vietnamese could have read it and done some damage with it if it named actual people or locations. Since it was published in I love this book. I first read it many years ago in high school and it's stuck with me ever since, so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I bought it and reread it and I'm glad I did. The Green Berets is journalistic nonfiction being marketed as fiction to protect the identity and locations of the people and places involved. Since this book was published in 1965, the north Vietnamese could have read it and done some damage with it if it named actual people or locations. Since it was published in 1965, you can guess that it's about American military "advisers," not actual servicemen as the war hadn't started yet. But it had, secretly. This book has stories on green berets in Laos with local militias they've recruited and trained hitting the Viet Cong and the NVA (Viet Minh, as they're referred to here). This book shows real life heroes in action, in harm's way, far from safety, doing a lot of damage to Uncle Ho. Makes one wonder if Special Forces had been allowed to keeping fighting the war their way how differently things might have gone. There's a sweet, but sad, love story in the book. There are some humorous moments. I think one thing that really has stuck with me over the years is the fact that this book started my disrespect for the South Vietnamese military, which was full of crooked pansies who wouldn't fight at night, wouldn't get up early in the morning to march, wouldn't land their helicopters in "hot"" DZs, demanded to be in charge but when the fighting started, would run away and let the Americans do it. This surprised me, but as I've read dozens and dozens of books on the Vietnam war over the years, this fact is told over and over again. Yet I've never understood why. The northern Vietnamese army was tough as nails, to be feared, would charge into machine gun fire without thinking. The south Vietnamese army was a bunch of pussies. Why? They were supposed to be fighting to save their country. Didn't they care? I have read accounts where some of them said let the Americans do it, we won't. That's a sick attitude. Frankly, it was a civil war and the US had no business being there. I'm glad the country's reunified, even if it is communist. It's just a shame that so many had to die. However, the book is not for the squeamish. There are accounts of Viet Cong atrocities that turn your stomach. But that's war and it happened, so it had to be reported. I'm sure Moore could have made his book twice as big with all of the stories he collected while he was over there serving in the field himself, and I sometimes wonder why he chose the ones he did, but they're all good. By the way, before the green berets let him tour with them, they made him become, essentially a green beret. He had to go to jump school, get scuba training, jungle warfare training, all of it. He earned his beret. Great book. Strongly recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jason Munson

    I will start by saying this book took me longer to read only due to events in my life, not its readability or my interest in the book. I think I remember seeing some reviews on the book critizing it for the sake that it ends up being identified as fiction, due to the nature of some of its short stories. It would make me wonder who the reader of this book is today, nearly 60 years removed from its original publishing? If you are a reader who has little understanding of history, more importantly, I will start by saying this book took me longer to read only due to events in my life, not its readability or my interest in the book. I think I remember seeing some reviews on the book critizing it for the sake that it ends up being identified as fiction, due to the nature of some of its short stories. It would make me wonder who the reader of this book is today, nearly 60 years removed from its original publishing? If you are a reader who has little understanding of history, more importantly, the role the US played in Vietnam prior to "Combat Troops" the Marines in '65 making their offical arrival....then do not place critizism to this book. More importantly, if you do not know much of the events that took place prior to '01 and our war to this date, do not give critizism to this book. Most importantly, if you have never served in an elite unit that gets it mission and executes it flawlessly or executes it flawlessly while hamstrung, do not give critizism to this book. Mr. Moore and what he has provided the reader is a rare glimpse into the military might, (near the end of the book) and the dedication of a select group of men (throughout the entire book) that few Americans will ever get a chance to know or understand. Wars will never be won by reducing risk and attempting to minimalize lose. I would clearly say on this book, the best group of people to read it would be anyone who makes a policy descision on the young men and women who defend our nation and fight its wars. Those individuals may receive some insight as to what it take to win and suceed, full commitment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has military interest, I am not saying as a history book but as a well constructed, very accurate work of fiction that dipicts a generation of heros in their truest role. And I will conclude by saying, if you want to be one of those hippie mothers who wants to blame Mr. Moore for her son wanting to be a Green Beret, she should instead thank him, for 100 men will test today but only three, win the Green Beret. Take comfort in the fact that your son was amongst the best population of the mightiest and greatest nation the world has seen. And though her Green Beret has met his fate, he ensured that future generations of Americans will live safe, free of oppression.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Hmm...this is a difficult book to review. Its an important book in the story of the Vietnam War. It carried great influence at the time, causing many young men to want to become Green Berets, enhancing the aura of Green Berets, and spawning a famous song and John Wayne movie. Author Robin Moore gained great credibility because he actually completed Green Beret training as a reporter. I believe he's the only civilian ever permitted to do that. Although its technically a work of fiction, Moore pla Hmm...this is a difficult book to review. Its an important book in the story of the Vietnam War. It carried great influence at the time, causing many young men to want to become Green Berets, enhancing the aura of Green Berets, and spawning a famous song and John Wayne movie. Author Robin Moore gained great credibility because he actually completed Green Beret training as a reporter. I believe he's the only civilian ever permitted to do that. Although its technically a work of fiction, Moore plainly indicates that the stories are strongly based on facts and that he actually experienced a lot of the situations in Vietnam in the 1964-65 era. The book is entertaining and an easy read. There's no doubt that Green Berets are exceptional and very resourceful warriors, and quite driven and patriotic soldiers. Much of the book is quite disturbing, however. Moral and ethical questions abound (hell, we're talking about no holes barred war, not every day life). And in modern asymmetric warfare, Special Operations Forces are increasingly important. My difficulty with the book is its undisguised hero-worship. No one should mistake Robin Moore as an objective reporter of events, he's not and I doubt he has ever claimed objectivity. I would have liked a more rounded perspective. Recruiting women into spying/prostitution, sexual exploitation by American troops of native women, and other very disturbing activities at minimum deserve thoughtful discussion, not the wink and nod that Robin Moore gives it. These things were done by American troops meaning they were done in our name. Read the book and decide for yourself.

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