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Noble Warrior: The Story of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

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    Best first hand account I ever read

    I was a Marine, and I thought a good one. But Livingston and his Echo Marines were astounding. This book brought so many images to my mind. The brotherhood that is the Corps, the bravery and selfless dedication to your brothers, getting the job done, and hopefully surviving, while kicking the enemy hard in his six jumps off the pages.

    I also enjoyed the general's candid comments on life, our nation, political issues, and foreign policy concerns. I am unsure if this is just a military history book, autobiography, political science subject, or human interest. It covers the whole spectrum.

    I have read Night Fighters by Heaton and Lewis, and was engrossed in the details, and the first person interviews with the legends of air power were unsurpassed. This book is just as good if not better, and should be required reading at every military academy and base on the planet, and not just by American servicemembers.

    I think foreign military leaders could gather great wealth within these pages. I know that our politicians could learn something about leadership and crisis management. Livingston should run for president, and take his co-authors along as aids. This was one of the best books (I think) that has ever been published.

    Semper Fi!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    As a Marine, Maj. Gen. Livingston is a living legend. I was able

    As a Marine, Maj. Gen. Livingston is a living legend. I was able to meet bhim at the B&N in Jacksonvill when he and his coauthors did a booksigning. I attended every booksigning I could for all the books Heatn and Lewis signed at various noccasions. Noble Warrior is right up there with Col. Wes Fox's books, and is in the same plane of narratives with Chesty Puller and Dan Daley.

    The gruesome battle at Dai Do is told so well by the general, if someone read this to you, you could close your eyes and feel, hear and smell the battle. The best part of the book are the many comments from other Marines who served. The general did not write an "I was there and did this" book. Instead he wrote a "we were there and my men did that" kind of book. This shows that he was (and is) a real leader, taking no personal credit for his actions, but aising his men for their accomplishements in the face of massive, well trained and quite determined enemy.

    I was impressed with the great collection of former generals and commandants who wrote forewords, supporting the general. If you are a Marine, you must read this book to round out your professional development. If you are an American, you should read this book and see what your feollw citizens have done to give you the freedoms that we, as a collective, often take for granted.

    The tactical wizardry employed by Weise, Vargas, Livingston and their men combined with their courage under intense fire is chilling, real, and worthy of praise. The general even predicted many of the issues regarding foreign policy in the book written a few years ago, that have proven true today. His insights and experience have been passed on to us. It is our job to make sure future generations learn from his and his Marines' examples.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Excellent journey into the heart of darkness

    Livingston provides a brilliant first-person account of the Battle of Dai Do - a decisive encounter of the Vietnam War, where U.S. Marines defeated a numerically stronger North Vietnamese force which threatened to overrun key U.S. bases in the south. As well as providing a detailed analysis of this crucial encounter, Livingston also pays heed to the wider strategic aspects of the conflict. In doing so, he pulls no punches in his criticisms of a hostile media which, in his view, ultimately destroyed any chance of a military victory. As one of the last troops out of Saigon during the 1975 evacuation, Livingston also gives an excellent description of what turned out to be "the largest and most sustained air evacuation by helicopter in history". (During the 1980's co-author Colin Heaton served under Livingston as a U.S. Marine Corps scout sniper).

    In the claustrophobic setting of the South Vietnamese jungle, readers are fully exposed to the brutal intensity of a relentless fight to the death between elite units of opposing forces. In these circumstances, one gets a real sense of Livingston's heroic leadership qualities as he struggles to contend with potentially destabilizing effects of the fog of war.

    In my opinion, this book deserves to be high up on the reading list of key policymakers who are charged with formulating strategy for today's fight against global terrorism in all its guises. As Livingston has demonstrated, a sustained willpower, coupled with a coherent and consistent military strategy that is both flexible and resilient to changes on the ground, is key to overcoming even the most determined and committed of enemy forces.

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    Is this the nursery

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    Wakes up

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