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Recondo: LRRPs in the 101st Airborne [Kindle Edition]

Larry Chambers
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Author Larry Chambers vividly describes the guts and courage it took to pass the though volunteer-only training program in Nha Tarng to be part of the 5th Special Forces Recondo School, the hair-raising graduation mission to scout out, locate, and out-guerilla the NVA. Here is an unforgettable account that follows Chambers and the Rangers every step of the way--from joining, going through Recondo, and finally leading his own team on white-knuckle missions through the jungle hell of Vietnam.

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"I made this book mandatory reading for my Rangers. . . . We went from the worst platoon in the regiment to the best platoon in six months. In training we'd get to the objective so fast they had to hold us back."-US Army Master Sergeant H. "Max" Mullen Ret. 75th Ranger Regiment

About the Author

Larry Chambers spent fifteen months in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne as a LRP/Ranger. Among other awards and decorations, Chambers earned two Bronze Stars for valor, a Purple Heart, two Air Medals for valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was with L Co., 75th Infantry (Ranger) and F Co., 58th (LRP), in Vietnam. After returning home he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree form the University of Utah, and graduated as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Chambers lives in Ojai, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (10 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049P1M0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many Britons my idea of the Vietnam war has been shaped by the Hollywood movie machine. Platoon and Full Metal Jacket! I thought I knew it all.This book has changed that preconception.Larry Chambers describes his training and subsequent arrival in Vietnam and his on the spot decision to volunteer for the LRRP's.The hair raising, awe inspiring patrols into the enemy's backyard. Firefights in what can only be described as hell. The fearsome Recondo training course in Nha Trang, where Mr Chambers personally took an NVA officer prisoner.This book will move and inspire anyone interested in matters military and tales from the sharp end.I have served with British airborne units and feel justified in saying that Mr Chambers and his colleagues were (and no doubt still are) special men- the veteran LRP's -the Old Foul Dudes- were aged around 20 years old!Read this book, you will not be disappointed.I find it incredible that so many films portray the American Infantryman with a burning desire to be anywhere but in Vietnam. Why... has nobody made a film about these professional, dedicated and patriotic men?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, detailed and an eye opener 19 Nov. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the Mogadishu fiasco sparked my interest in the specifics of special forces units and the human story behind them I have read about and talked to many veterans of various conflicts. But Mr Chambers has opened my eyes and way of thinking about the Vietnam war in a way that no other person has been able to.
Intelligently and passionately written, here is a man who faced the worst kind of odds and didn't back down. No matter what your political or historic view of Vietnam is (and I don't think many people are aware of it in enough detail) this book is as enthralling and engaging as you could hope for. The detail in Mr Chambers recollections is superb, and although I'm sure dramatic flurries may have crept in, gives a stunningly clear snapshot of a war of attrition from a man beyond the tip of the spear. This is no glamourisation or justification of the war, just a personal and intricate account of it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but what a waste of money. 7 Nov. 2011
By Gdog
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't like posting 1 star reviews but this deserves it!

The writing in this book is awful, it's a shame, sounds like a good story but rarely do i ever give up on a book and this is one of the few.

Gave it over 100 pages but it's woeful, poor english and a just down right dull, please don't waste your money. This should never of been published. I bought this and 'Acceptable Loss' which was 50 times better and roughly the same price.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, fiction, but based on his own experiences in Nam was the best book I have read in 10 years and could not put it down, rare to read such a wonderful and sad novel, buy that instead, that's my opinion anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is hard to put down..EXCELLENT!! 27 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is full of suspence, sometimes you have to look away from the book and glance at your surroundings just to make sure you aren't in the jungle with these guys. Keep up the good work and write more books and that goes for all the LRRP's and Rangers in the Vietnam war. Thank you and May God Bless all of you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stupidity and intelligence 20 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Chambers shows the ingnorance and smarts of a LRRP from induction to long after the end of the Vietnam WAR. His actions are will inspiring. Movie perfection with out any changes. Funny and at the edge action. A book a romantic can't let down. Thanks Larry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has all the attributes of a great book! 23 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has suspense, comedy, and realistic war accounts, all the attributes of a great book! I couldn't put the book down. It made me want to go out and sneak around. Thanks for the great book Larry, and all the LRRPs, keep up the great work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 24 Nov. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once you pick up this book, you cannot put it down. Larry Chambers captures your attention with the first paragraph. If you are intrigued with the Vietnam story and wonder what it was like to be there, read Recondo...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recondo 10 Nov. 2012
By Rob
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A fly on the wall account of by the guys who were in it up to their necks I have read numerous books on LURPS and this is as good as they comet very brave and dedicated men in very dangerous situations a must read .
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