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James Webb in his life went through many interesting, exciting and dangerous events – as a Marine he received Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart, while in his political career he managed to become Secretary of the Navy and U.S. Senator.
Born right after the WW II finished, in a family of former WW II airman it was not a wonder that James wanted to continue on the path that his father had outlined. Though describing events from his youth, for me the best part of book were actually the part that deals with war in Vietnam and the role he personally played in it.
After being awarded medals for courage, Webb will return to US, graduate Law School and began to write. In everything he did James was successful and therefore it is not surprising that his novel ‘Fields of Fire’ became one of the most important books about conflict in Vietnam.
In the final part of the book he talks about his political career and his opposition to wars and US interventions, far to the east, while the book ends with Webb’s well-earned retirement after a turbulent life.
‘I Heard My Country Calling’ is a story in which there are no sentiment, instead reader will be introduced to a man who never complained about himself, a man who on the first place always tried to help his country. And therefore James Webb’s autobiography full of interesting and patriotic stories is definitely worth a read.
James Webb, Jr was born in 1946, one of the earliest members of the "Baby Boomer" generation. His parents, both of Scotch-Irish ancestry, were from hard-scrabble backgrounds. His father, James Sr, was a self-made man, becoming an airman in WW2 and continuing on, rejoining the military after his WW2 service ended. He was rose swiftly through the officer ranks, and held many top positions in the post-war/Cold War US Air Force. Jim's mother raised four children and moved with her husband around the United States - and to England for two years - as his career proceeded. The four children were true "military brats", continually changing communities and schools, but somehow his parents provided a stable home environment for the family. Jim knew he wanted to serve his country - as his father did - and entered the Naval Academy in 1964, after spending one year at the University of Southern California. He devoted a couple of chapters in the book to both life at the Academy and to "his" war in Vietnam. He has an historian's appreciation of both the war and his own part in it.
After earning two Purple Hearts and other medals in combat, he was sent back to the US. Trying to figure out what to do with his life, he graduated from Georgetown Law School. And he began to write. He became an author of novels - including "Fields of Fire", a generational book about the Vietnam War - as well as histories and other works of non-fiction. He has been critical of US intervention in both the Vietnam and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he has written about his own Scotch-Irish ancestors and their contribution to American society.
In politics he was tapped to serve in the Reagan Administration as Secretary of the Navy. In 2006, he was elected to the US Senate from Virginia, serving one term as a Democrat, and retiring in 2013.
Webb is a very good writer and his memoir is a powerful reminder to us all that patriots come in all guises. This book is well-worth reading.
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Jim Webb seems to have described the fulfillment of his civilian ambitions as follows: “Sooner or later, rather than finding a civilian career, and civilian career would find me”. That sounds like someone who does what he cares about and waits for something good to happen. Well if it does and a run for the Presidency finds him, who would vote for Jim Webb? He rails on and on about elitists, then creates his own elite category of men who have served in combat. It is a great point, but unfortunately less than 1% of Americans serve these days so how far will that take him? Well if a run for President does find Jim Webb, I would vote for him. Look at the alternatives, from Hilary to Mitt, from Rand to Chris. None have ever donned a uniform, and while that is not a pre-requisite to be President, at this time in history, it should count. Also, we have some things in common, like age, the Corps, love of the Pacific especially the Philippines and The Trust Territory/Mariannas (We may well have met in Saipan circa in 1974).
This is my kind of guy, and while some of his book was tedious, when I put it down I knew where he was coming from. Keep coming, Marine.
The trip is most worthwhile. Webb is wisely selective. He focuses on his amazing father, whom one comes to admire enormously, and his grandmother (ditto).
But the most amazing character, depicted with an honest writer's eye, is the author. Webb's ability to navigate through uncertainty and to arrive at decisiveness (what else does a company commander do?) is extraordinary and admirable, even if no reader will agree with all the author's decisions.
Some of the most celebrated episodes in Webb's life are not written about. One must refer to Robert Timberg's The Nightingale's Song for an account of his boxing match at the Naval Academy with Oliver North; his service as Navy Secretary is barely mentioned; one meets no Presidents and no Senate colleagues.
But Webb's choices make great sense. OK, I could have done with a little less about the strategic importance of Guam and Tinian, but the author deserves the benefit of the doubt. His description of the Naval Academy in the mid-1960's is unforgettable. And so is his account of defending a Marine who was convicted of war crimes though the platoon leader who gave him the orders was freed.
To one who served in Vietnam (in much less danger and with no distinction), Webb's account of his time with Delta Company, 3-5 Marines, is the highlight of the book. It is hard reading and extraordinary writing.
If there is a weak part of the book, it is the first half of the epilogue, in which the former Senator turns his voice to today's politics (perhaps even with an eye to future campaigns) and sounds a bit more like your average politician than the amazing author of the previous chapters.
But Webb is surely the best writer ever to serve in the US Senate. And this is an extraordinary book.
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