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on 16 March 2015
A fantastic and interesting book and a surprisingly easy read. A good book.
Hard material to read but so well written I would recommend this to anyone who wants to find out a bit more about the 2nd world war from a certain view point.
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on 22 December 2009
I bought this to replace an older copy. Audie has written about everything that happened to him and his comrades and never once went into any great detail that this was his war, this was his great glorious moment. This alone should tell you what this man was like, without the knowledge that he was America's most highly decorated soldier - his reputation only enhances this work and never once colours it. He never glorifies the conflict, highlighting again and again the whole scale of human tragedy. He doesn't demonise the Germans either - he tells it plainly and unvarnished and relatively unbiased. This is the definitive book that everyone who has any interest in the fighting men of the Second World War should read and it is a book that everyone should read out of the necessity to understand the sacrifice of men, regardless of nationality, regardless of politics and who truly want to learn something.

Thank you Audie, for teaching me things.
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on 20 June 1998
With little mincing of words, Audie shares his experiences of WW II. The shock at the discovery of the reality of war, and the honesty that Audie shares with the reader when he questions its impact on his psyche, makes this one of the most emotionaly stirring accounts of battle that I have ever read. I found myself wondering why this wasn't mandatory reading in school.
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Brilliant, marvellous and nothing like the film. What brave people they were. There was no glory seeking in this book, no 'look what I did during the war' attitude just a down to earth account of what happened to Audie and his comrades and why he did what he did.

Wonderful, would recommend it to anyone interested in WW11 and the gorgeous Audie Murphy. I don't care if he was a womaniser he was a true hero and should never be forgotten
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on 28 December 1998
"Lord of the Ring-Trilogy" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Teachings of Don Juan-Trilogy" by Carlos Casteneda", "Hammer of the Gods": the Led Zeppelin Story, "Wired", the Life and Times of John Belushi and this book are the only ones that you really don't want to put down until you're finished! Young Audie Murphy spent more than 200 days on the front lines of WWII and survived. The detailed and graphic account of individual and group battles will move you to experience emotions you didn't think you had. By the time he was 19, this scrawny Texas teenager became a man, a professional soldier and an American hero. Perhaps his greatest contribution to today's soldiers and leaders is recognition that the welfare and safety of his men came before his own comforts and needs. His leadership styles, personal ethics and moral examples are emulated and continued today with the Noncommissioned Officers of the SGT Audie Murphy Club. These excellent leaders and modern day warriors have all read this incredible tribute to a leader who cared for his soldiers, loved his country....and remained humble as the sharecropper's son he was. Word for word, this is as powerful as REAL war drama gets without actually experiencing it yourself. If you are a military leader in any branch of the service NCO or Officer or if you are a corporate head, read this book and learn how to care for your subordinates/workers. By the way, I've been a member of the SGT Audie Murphy Club since April 1994.
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on 10 May 2013
Nearly finished reading it. I have the film but wanted to read the book. Audie Murphy always fascinated me because he looks so innocent and young and yet he was a real man and as tough as boots, fascinating.
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on 2 June 2009
This book is both like and unlike more recently written WWII memoirs. The accounts of his exploits are so extraordinary you wonder how he survived or whether indeed they are true. Audie Murphy is in no way reticent in telling the reader what he did and against what little odds. However unlike other WWII memoirs he never refers to his decorations or how / when he earned them.

Audie Murphy is a gifted writer in the way he conveys the horror of war. His accounts are almost a matter of fact portrayal which leave the reader stunned but conveys how brutalised he must have become. This is however great humanity and laughter in his writing which accentuate the hell around them. The conversations he writes are witty and very entertaining and serve to underline humanity amongst the horror. If you want to laugh, cry and be shocked in one page then this is a book for you.
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on 21 September 2013
I bought this as a birthday present for my cleaning lady after she expressed an interest in it. She is a BIG fan of Audie Murphy. Both she and I were under the impression that it was an autobiography of Audie Murphy. It is not. It is about the film bearing the same title that the actor starred in.
I know my cleaning lady was a bit disappointed. She states that it is a good book of the film, but that is not what we both wanted.
We will have to be more careful in the future.
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on 1 September 2015
It covers the early life in the American army of the most decorated soldier. Pity that the book is badly written and reads more like a comic and does not cover any background detail of the events.
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on 18 September 2013
This is an excellent account of the war avtivities of a real war hero in his own words. The film based on this book was good in it's own right but this book covers a lot more
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