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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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.
What People are Saying About This
"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."