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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New addition to the "Commandant of theMarine 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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ISBN-13: 9781616739904
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication date: 11/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 660,538
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Major General James E. Livingston retired from the United States Marine Corps following more than thirty years of active duty service. He and his wife, Sara, live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines as a scout sniper under Livingston's command. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: Secret Weapons and has authored several books of military history: German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939–1945 (Schiffer Publishing 2001); Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939–1945 (Naval Inst. Press, 2008), which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis, Noble Warrior: The Story of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret), Medal of Honor (Zenith Press, 2010), also coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis; The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders (Zenith Press, 2011), also coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis, and Occupation and Insurgency: A Selective Examination of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on the Eastern Front (Algora, 2008). He taught history and military history at American Military University from 2002 to 2009.

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"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."

"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."

"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!"

"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."

"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."

"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."


"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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
turboguyMT More than 1 year ago
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.
MJRLONDON More than 1 year ago
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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