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Joe is an American warrior, and for that I will always respect him. His book suffers from his bitterness and anger that becomes more evident as he proceeds. Toward the end of the book, it becomes a very pervasive factor. I thought it detracted from the story that I was hoping to find from the book's title. As the book ends, Joe shares that his post military career has suffered from job problems and domestic issues. He's obviously carrying some trauma, or he has a personality disorder that's causing him some serious issues ... maybe both. It certainly becomes evident in his book. If I were Joe's mentor, I would advise him to do what I did after I returned from Vietnam .... go to the VA and get some help. They saved me from myself. Unfortunately I suffered for 30 years before I admitted it was time to go. It will make him a much better writer! Joe has experiences that very few people will ever have and many of us want to hear about them and learn from them. He could do a tremendous job if he would cull the anger and bitterness and political shadowboxing. Joe, my era's soldiers tend to despise Johnson. Yours will find their fall guy. Check out Col. Hal Moore's book, We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young. You'll find a book that informs the public and does it in a classic way w/o any of the distractions. It takes us there with him. Try again, Joe. You can teach us a lot.
One of my sons is also doing exactly what Joe was doing. So far, he's doing well. Good luck Joe.
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Posted November 18, 2012
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