Highpocket's War Stories: And Other Tall Talesby Peter L. Hilgartner, Sam Ginder
Hilgartner tells of leading troops
Highpockets War Stories is an eloquent account of combat leadership in Korea and Vietnam. Colonel Peter L. Hilgartner is widely recognized in the Marine Corps as a successful combat leader, first as a junior officer in Korea and later commanding the First Battalion, Fifth Marines fighting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army.
Hilgartner tells of leading troops in counter-guerilla action, and major battles with North Vietnamese troops -- Union I, Union II and Swift -- to control the strategic Que Son Valley. His story gives never-before-told, vivid descriptions of Marines in hand-to-hand combat with North Vietnamese troops from the perspective of Marines who were there. Every grunt will appreciate this gripping account.
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Check yourself against the true 'Lead or Die' stories in Highpockets War Stories by Col. Peter Hilgartner, USMC-The best of over 120 leadership books within the Barnes & Noble inventory! Give it 5 stars!
This is a wonderful and insightful read. COL Hilgartners literary approach to his experiences in Korea and Vietnam is simple but poignant. Leadership is an art, but this tried and tested combat commander provides his readers with the basic foundation necessary to develop successful warriors even in todays modern military. The author uses anecdotes of his times in the Naval Academy, serving in multiple facets of Marine Corps life, and even his hunting expeditions in the woods of Northern Virgina to ensure the book is fun while at the same time teaching a critical lesson. Even this Marine's insights will be good for those of us that call the Army home - Three HOOAHs for this book. Outstanding Job, Semper Fi.
An outstanding read for anyone slightly interested in the Naval Academy, in the Korean and Vietnam War or in Hunting. It is told with great humor and deep sensitivity by a true patriot of the USA. Highly recommended and very worthwhile.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Witty and engaging, but at the same time, thought provoking and full of wisdom. Leadership is an art. Like any other form of art it requires energy, enthusiasm and creativity. A select few are masters of this art form, blessed with the intuition and insight which mark the truly great leader. Colonel Hilgartner is such a leader. The anecdotes which pepper his narrative provide valuable lessons for those who would lead others, whether in battle or in business. The short vignettes which make up this book make it an ideal read for subway commuters and others who are often interrupted. Its easy-going humor and thoughtful insights make it a book which I will go back to over and over again.
This book is an easy read about achievement of goals and successful leadership of Marines. It focuses on three important battles in Vietnam fought in the spring/summer of 1967 by a Marine officer who also served in Korea. His competency and bravery as a soldier are inspirational to me as I also served in Vietnam. There are great anecdotes about him and his men and the combat stories are gripping. I don't usually like books about Vietnam but this one was an enjoyable read.