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on 26 January 2014
Audie came from an extremely poor background to become a world famous personalty,from the sharecropper world to the world of celebrity. Joined the army as a private. By the time he was 19, had gained a commission in the field, won evey medal for valour that the US, that would obviously include the medal of honour, the US equivalent of the Victoria cross. Also the Legion of merit medal normally awarded to full colonels and above. None of this is mentioned in the book* (the award of the field commision is). he then went on to become one of Hollywoods best know movie stars, mostly in westerns, although he did make a biopic, entitled the same as the book. All of this came at a price though. This book tells of that very high price.

*He does not mention the the medal awards in the book.
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on 21 January 2015
Read this as a child in the 70s and several times since. Still holds up. Has dated well. Although ghostwritten, you still get a sense of Murphy. Vivid scenes and believable emotional reactions by the characters involved. Some of the dialogue is a tad corny, but you have to take into account when it was written. Watered down on purpose, removing the cuss words that would have alienated post-war America. Probably the best first-narrative of WW2, if not warfare in general. The qualifier is there because I have not read every account ever penned.
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on 19 July 2017
Great book
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on 6 July 2015
This book by Audie Murphy (and ghost written by David McClure) was published in 1949.

It is one of the best first person World War II narratives I've ever read. Heck, only now I know from where Sven Hassel took a lot of his narratives ideas, the idea of getting soldiers talking histories and anecdotes, including some really funny quotes, instead of filling page fter page with gory battle scenes.

But the battle scenes here, when Murphy narrates them, are indeed violent, bloody, cruel. The writer gives some perspective of on which offensive the skirmish is included, but there is not mention of grand strategy all around, not names of division generals, Army generals, battalion commanders, nothing like that. The only superior officer whose name is mentioned is company commander Captain Hogan.

Also interesting is the fact that Murphy does not mention one single decoration he ever received. Talk about humility (this is in unison with his desire to be buried in a common graveyard in Arlington).

The books focus solely in Murphy's war exploit (with only a brief mention of his very harsh upbringing), and, of course, nothing about his acting career or the personal demons he faced after the war (after all, the book was published soon after the war - 1949).

All in all, I found this book to be a extremely good reading, albeit a sad one.
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on 15 June 1999
At first I was skeptical about the book. It is obviously ghostwritten. However, the ghostwriter is talented, his style a synthesis of Hemingway and Mickey Spillane. And Audie Murphy has a great and heroic tale to tell. Murphy's war is a lot different than say Eisenhower's and Patton's. Murphy became a master at small unit infantry tactics. He was one of the men. Ike and Patton were masters of strategy and were not really part of the men. What Murphy's story also illuminates is it is often just pure chance whether a soldier survives a war. Two pals of his were wounded in the right spots. Another had his heart pierced by a small shell fragment. Another buddy trusted a group of Germans faking a surrender and received a chest full of German lead for his trouble. For all those who liked the fictional "Battle Cry", you will like this book.
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on 29 January 2004
I have always admired Audie Murphy, and once you've read this account of his personal war time experiences I am positive you will too.
This is a blood and guts no holds barred account by a man who is modest to the end when telling of his bravery and loyalty to his comrades. I'm not surprised that he won the Congressional Medal of Honor, and many other bravery decorations.
What I particularly love about this book is that it is about all fighting men and does not criticise any other nation or in the same vain hype up the actions of one particular Army.
I recommend this enthralling and modest account to anyone with an interest in truth. You won't regret or forget it.
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on 27 February 1999
I first read this book as a young man before entering high school. The book and Audie Murphy became a symbol of not only what one man can do, but what one man can stir in the friends and comrades around him.
Murphy's acts, thoughts, and efforts described in this book make him an absolute hero not only during the war, but should be displayed for generations to come as a man that believed in our country and the American Cause. It is the ideals that he fought for, and the American people that he believed in that make this book a must read for all types of people that would want to feel good about the United States of America and to be personaly uplifted and moved by the challenges that this soldier endured and overcame.
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on 18 August 2009
It's hard to do justice to this book, people say it was ghost written well it does not matter if it was or not, whoever sat down and put it together its a great book. You can hear Audi's voice in the words the way he speaks so calm and matter of fact and its so compelling a story of a man and his courage that it's really tough to put it down. So many war films and books have made incidents of heroism almost a cliché but cliché is born of a lack of knowledge of a subject. This book has great knowledge about people and how they deal with war with its horror and pain. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. If you have any interest in this subject and history this book will take you to a time and a place and to the hart of a man who can tell you some truth about war. Some of the dialog is written like lines from a great film script though it's not like the film its much more enduring. A story of a poor boy that turns out had a wealth in his own character that no businessman or king could ever dream of. The book is a treasure and I give it the highest recommendation.
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on 6 July 2015
this book is a must , its the battle diary of a real Hollywood ''Hero''.....I remember many years ago seeing the movie which Audie played himself and if people are expecting the plot in the book to follow the movie......no it is more a personal story of how soldiers in combat rely on each other to survive the situations/battles their in.....there are parts were your eyes are going to mist up and a lump grow in your throat....when you consider the ghost writer got you to see/understand a very young soldiers actions....( he was about 22/23 years old when this biography was written ) years later. Am I disappointed I bought the book ''NO'' could it have jelled more .yes...but war is like that just have a read then make your own mind up............finished it ( book ) this yes I did the first bit when half way thro, I know now what a true hero is/was he describes actions that when digested make you relise Audie L Murphy was the real thing and he never once bragged when lesser men would have been bleeting about their greatness ,his only sorrow was he lost so many comrades to the stupidity of war
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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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