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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455121355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455121359
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,801,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 1997
Format: Hardcover
Anton Myrer, a former U.S. Marine, has written the all-time greatest novel of a soldier's life of service. The protagonist, Sam Damon, was commissioned on the battlefield but never forgot his simple and honorable roots as a citizen and enlisted man. He lived a life of dedicated service, loyal to his subordinates, leaders, the Army, and the nation, and rose to two-star General officer rank. His nemesis was a West Point graduate, Courtney Massengale, who was never a soldier at heart, but merely a careerist... out for himself. On one level, these two characters provide contrasting types of military officers, one noble and self-sacrificing, and and the other obsessed with personal aggrandizement. On a more intimate level, these two characters represent the struggle within every soldier's heart between the allure of promotion and prestige, and the call to duty and humble loyalty to his men and profession. Myrer died of cancer on Robert E. Lee's birthday in January 1996. I read the book before I was commissioned at West Point in 1976 and the story stuck with me throughout my own humble 20+ year career as a constant conscience and counselor against self-promotion. This is a character-building tale!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 1997
Format: Hardcover
You've had Total Quality Management. You've read Sun Tzu and Musashi on business as war. You've been to Outward Bound and you've undergone Team Building exercises until you're blue in the face. Now read the novel that has more to say about the qualities a real leader should have than any text written by a management guru--Anton Myrer's classic "Once an Eagle."
The book is a youth-to-death story of "Sad" Sam Damon, a midwestern boy who steeps himself in military history and a code of honor that requires him to step forward and take the lead in almost every situation. Myrer has tapped into a simple truth. That's what real leaders do; they lead.
While Sam Damon is a military hero, he's no marble monument. Myrer shows us that real world leaders are assailed with doubts, real fears, and insecurities that can lead them to cave in to expediency under extreme pressure. But in Sam Damon, Myrer shows us that true leadership can consist of recognizing your mistakes, swallowing hard, and stepping up to the plate again to do the right thing.
Such a strong protagonist clearly needs a strong opponent. Myrer delivers with Courtney Massengale, a supremely brilliant and ruthless adversary whose weakness, as Sam Damon realizes, is that he does not love any man. It is the byplay between these two characters that Myrer uses to telling effect in illustrating how love is a key element in leadership.<b> I know of half a dozen executives who have patterned their management styles on Sam Damon's lessons. They are the best bosses I ever had. This is a book that should be required reading in our service academies, and as part of every MBA program and civil service exam in the country. Fortunately, it's also a wonderful read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mccleskey on 4 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Most of those who review this book are military or retired military. As a teenager, I saw the mini-series (if only they would show it again) and it truly inspired me. It inspired me to respect all those who aspire to the military calling. This novel embodies the best ideals of the military, and speaking as a civilian, this novel best communicates why soldiers serve. If you read one book in your life, let this be it -whether you are a soldier or a civilian. This book has had a greater impact on my life than any other.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many reviewers, especially in the US, say this book tells more about the US military than any other, is even based on real people, though no-one's really saying who. It is even being taken on as compulsory reading for the country's main military training establishments. It was reprinted mainly because of its popularity with military personnel. It's even been called America's 'War and Peace'. Try typing the title into a search engine and you'll see what I mean.
Me? What I know about the military can be written on a pin-head, but I read this book avidly in my teens (70s)and was so taken with it I've read it every year since, but don't take it on a mini-break because it's a 'big' book. It is definitely my favourite book of all time. The mini-series didn't do it any harm and I think the lead character was particularly well-cast, but I digress...
It's a people saga, knitted in with WWI, WW2 and Vietnam, with a couple of other campaigns in between and before. It tells the story of families and individuals in the military, never letting go of the military, about how politics and machination run and ruin good people's lives, even in peacetime. It does well what 'We Were Soldiers' tried to do, but failed to do in the time given over to a film. The characters are particularly well-wrought, I'd go to the ends of the earth with Sam Damon!
My copy is now so dog-eared, I thought I'd try Amazon to see if I could get a used copy, thinking it was out of print. I was surprised at its resurgence - not because I don't think the book's worth it, it means I can have a new copy of my very own and read it every year for the next 25 years.
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