If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need

If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need

If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need

If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need


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A Medal of Honor recipient looks back at his own service in the Vietnam War—and ahead to America’s future.

Jack Jacobs was acting as an advisor to the South Vietnamese when he and his men came under devastating attack. Wounded, 1st Lt. Jacobs took command and withdrew the unit, returning again and again, saving fourteen lives—for which he received the Medal of Honor.

Here, Col. Jacobs tells his stirring story of heroism, honor, and the personal code by which he has lived his life, and expounds with blunt honesty and insight his views on our contemporary world, and the nature and necessity of sacrifice.

If Not Now, When? is a compelling account of a unique life at both war and peace, and the all-too-often unexamined role of the citizenry in the service and defense of the Republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425229842
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Jacobs retired from the Army as a full Colonel in 1987, after more than twenty years of service. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s most knowledgeable—and outspoken—military analysts. His career has bridged the disparate worlds of the military, business and academia. Jacobs serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy and appears about 500 times annually on television, commenting on defense issues, terrorism, and international affairs.

What People are Saying About This

Nelson DeMille

"As good a Vietnam War memoir as I've ever read. And if that's not good enough, Jack Jacobs makes some very brutal, honest, and disturbing observations about America then and America now, and most importantly, about where we are headed. Jack Jacobs won/earned the Congressional Medal of Honor forty years ago, and he's earned it every day since."--(Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Wild Fire and Night Fall)

Barry M. McCaffrey

"This book is a classic. Jack Jacobs is the bravest-and funniest-soldier I met in thirty-two years of military service. He is also an intellectual with a writer's gift of description. Jack tells a life story of military service with a sense of humor that makes palatable the brutality of intense combat."--(General Barry M. McCaffrey, U.S. Army (Retired))

Bob Kerrey

"Jack Jacobs was probably the shortest officer in the U.S. Army. He was certainly among the bravest. It is about time he wrote this memoir, and it's about time you read it."--(Bob Kerrey, President of The New School University, Former U.S. Senator)

Tom Brokaw

"It's a privilege to call him friend and an honor to recommend this remarkable life story."

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