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

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

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by James E. Livingston, Colin D. Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis, USMC (Ret.) Gray
     
 

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New addition to the "Commandant of the Marine Reading List, 2011"

 

Major General James E. Livingston received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his role as an infantry company commander at Dai Do, Vietnam, during a three-day grinding battle of attrition in which the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, numbering only 800 men,

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New addition to the "Commandant of the Marine Reading List, 2011"

 

Major General James E. Livingston received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his role as an infantry company commander at Dai Do, Vietnam, during a three-day grinding battle of attrition in which the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, numbering only 800 men, victoriously battled 10,000 or more NVA. His remarkable life and career is recounted in a book that has it all: exciting first-person eyewitness account of historic battle; the history of the development of tactics and strategies used in today’s war on terror; and a compelling story of leadership in action and individual courage in combat.

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Publishers Weekly
Military history enthusiasts will enjoy Livingston's eyewitness accounts of the Vietnam War in his first book. Hailing from rural Georgia, Livingston left his family's farm to join the Marine Corps in 1962 after receiving his draft notice. He knew he "wanted to be with a very aggressive outfit," and this gung-ho attitude, combined with a meticulously eye for detail (some episodes are described down to the hour), informs the accounts of his wartime experiences in Vietnam (for which he won the Medal of Honor) and the Philippines, and his Marine Corps "twilight years" in California, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Livingston spent most of his life in the military and it shows; he knows his stuff and speaks with the voice of authority. Though he clearly benefited from the research assistance of Heaton, who served under his command as a scout sniper, and Lewis, who holds a master's degree in international relations from American Military University, the prose is flat and a liberal use of jargon, clichés, and a tendency toward political pronouncements unrelated to Vietnam distract from an otherwise engaging tale. (Aug.)
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MARINE CORPS GAZETTE
"Written in a blunt and unyielding style that coauthors Heaton and Lewis wisely left unchanged, Noble Warrior: The Story of MajGen James E. Livingston, USMC(Ret), Medal of Honor is well worth reading."

BOOKVIEWS BY ALAN CARUBA
"When you consider that 80% of all Medals of Honor are awarded posthumously, his story is even more inspiring because, despite wounds received, his service in the Marines was far from over after that battle."

KEPLER’S MILITARY HISTORY BOOK REVIEWS
"Noble Warrior is more than the story of Maj. Gen. James Livingston and how he earned the Medal of Honor. It is an excellent book on leadership that uses his story to convey the lessons."

LEATHERNECK MAGAZINE
"Marine leaders and those who seek to lead will surely benefit from this book. The often blunt, direct style is refreshing and makes it an easy read. The pearls of wisdom are there as is the dramatic battle leadership examples."

POST AND COURIER
"Noble Warrior is two parts U.S. military history, with exciting first-hand accounts of critical battles, and one part opinion narrative regarding the state of affairs in America today, chiefly military and political affairs."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Noble Warrior documents the life and career of a major general who has seen historic battles and who analysis these events at the highest military level. Personal stories of battlefront experiences and his Medal of Honor actions makes for a powerful survey of a World War II vet who also helped plan and execute the evacuation of Saigon. Military collections will find this inspiring, vivid reading!"

BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS
"Maj. Gen. James Livingston is an authentic Marine hero...Reading the descriptions of fighting, I am reminded of a quote from Gen. J. Holland Smith about the battle on Iwo Jima, 'uncommon valor was a common virtue.' I think that quote could justly be applied to Livingston and his men at Dang Ha."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616739904
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
340,034
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
LEATHERNECK MAGAZINE
"Marine leaders and those who seek to lead will surely benefit from this book. The often blunt, direct style is refreshing and makes it an easy read. The pearls of wisdom are there as is the dramatic battle leadership examples."

POST AND COURIER    
"Noble Warrior is two parts U.S. military history, with exciting first-hand accounts of critical battles, and one part opinion narrative regarding the state of affairs in America today, chiefly military and political affairs."
 

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW   
"Noble Warrior documents the life and career of a major general who has seen historic battles and who analysis these events at the highest military level. Personal stories of battlefront experiences and his Medal of Honor actions makes for a powerful survey of a World War II vet who also helped plan and execute the evacuation of Saigon. Military collections will find this inspiring, vivid reading!"

BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS
"Maj. Gen. James Livingston is an authentic Marine hero...Reading the descriptions of fighting, I am reminded of a quote from Gen. J. Holland Smith about the battle on Iwo Jima, 'uncommon valor was a common virtue.' I think that quote could justly be applied to Livingston and his men at Dang Ha."
 

BOOKVIEWS BY ALAN CARUBA   
"When you consider that 80% of all Medals of Honor are awarded posthumously, his story is even more inspiring because, despite wounds received, his service in the Marines was far from over after that battle."

KEPLER’S MILITARY HISTORY BOOK REVIEWS    
"Noble Warrior is more than the story of Maj. Gen. James Livingston and how he earned the Medal of Honor. It is an excellent book on leadership that uses his story to convey the lessons."

 

MARINE CORPS GAZETTE    
"Written in a blunt and unyielding style that coauthors Heaton and Lewis wisely left unchanged, Noble Warrior: The Story of MajGen James E. Livingston, USMC(Ret), Medal of Honor is well worth reading."
 

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