A Terrible Beauty

A Terrible Beauty


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A Terrible Beauty by Michael D. Miller

Michael D. Miller graduated from West Point in 1964 and, as a captain in 1968, he led American soldiers in Vietnam. This is the story of their struggle to survive and prevail. Michael once said, "Vietnam was a mystical experience. What we experienced transcended the normal experience of life. My soldiers and I were forever transformed by what happened to us."

By building schools for poor, rural Vietnamese villages, we showed the Vietnamese that we were there to help them. This had a dramatic effect on the local people. Had our program been more widely implemented, we feel that we could have won the war. This lesson should not be forgotten, especially as we now struggle to fight wars in other third-world countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

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ISBN-13: 9781467511834
Publisher: A Flair for Writing
Publication date: 01/29/2012
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. I met Mr. Miller in China five years ago. I had no idea that he had experienced such an adventure. I feel better about myself as a result of reading the book, and knowing that I come from the same gene pool as did his wonderful soldiers.. The world has got to be a better place as a result of their work. The writing was sincere and easy to follow, a relaxed style that I enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am from a younger generation, and unfortunately most my understanding about war and what it does to people comes from movies and media. WWII was a war we had to fight and the more recent movies about WWII touch on the camadarie factor because the soldiers are viewed as victims. I don't recall seeing much about the Korean War, unfortunately. And then Vietnam movies are mostly dark and tragic because we didn't have to fight that war, therefore the tragedy of the war is usually the focus. And at the same time, the country was going through its own civil rights battles, and somehow the soldiers of this war were totally disregarded as being due their civil rights when they got home. This book is a new spin on Vietnam. Yes, it was a tragedy, but this story is really awesome because it reminds us that these men are no different than anyone else, and they developed the most intense bond and found a way to come together and do something positive for themselves and humanity... in the middle of hell.
cleoM More than 1 year ago
Excellent job of telling a story many American do not want to acknowledge. Michael lead us through his transformation from a young American officers to a true combat veteran. A Terrible Beauty (Task Force Builders) is a story of dedicated, resourceful men making a difference in a war no one wanted to hear about. Michael and his fellow Task Force Builders have a story to tell which this book did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi everyone, my name is Mike Cash, I was one of Capt. Miller's jeep drivers. To be reunited after 40 years with Capt. Miller and the other men of the Task Force Builders, and Mike's book, " A TERRIBLE BEAUTY." is a TRUE WELCOME HOME. Enjoy the book. Mike Cash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book to read about military adventure. But I ended up getting more; I ended up with a deeper understanding of the wonderment of the human spirit, and man's ability to survive and prevail under extreme adversity. I am glad that I did not have to go through the hardship and danger that these men did, but by sharing with me, I now feel that I have an understanding of what they experienced, and how they were transformed spiritually by their experience. Their program to build schools in a combat area is also an interesting idea that should not be forgotten.