Once an Eagle

Once an Eagle

by Anton Myrer
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Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer

First published in 1968 at the height of the conflict in Vietnam, Once An Eagle captured the imagination and heart of a war-torn nation, reaching number one on the New York Times bestseller list twice and selling more than three million copies. Published in nineteen languages, Anton Myrer's novel was made into an acclaimed television miniseries.

Thirty years after its initial publication, Once An Eagle has become a touchstone for the military professionals who devise and carry out our nation's defense. According to the New York Times, "Once An Eagle has worked its way over a generation into the mindset and lexicon of the American military." Named to the Marine Commandant's Reading List, it is required reading for all marines, is assigned to West Point cadets, and is featured in the United States Army War College's annual leadership seminar. Soldiers emblazon the protagonist's name-Sam Damon-across their tanks, and military officers at every level make decisions by asking themselves, "What would Sam do?"

Once An Eagle compellingly recounts the making of one special soldier, Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a soldier's soldier, the consummate professional, decorated in both world wars for bravery under fire, who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self-interest. Massengale, the consummate political animal who disdains the average grunt, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power.

Begun amid the carnage of the Argonne, the conflict between Damon and Massengale solidifies in the isolated garrison lifebetween the wars, intensifies in the verdant and deadly Pacific jungles of World War II, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War-Vietnam.

A sweeping chronicle of American warfare in the twentieth century, this gripping story portrays as well the often overlooked and cruel difficulties of life in peacetime. Once An Eagle is more than a novel of battle; it is a study in character and the values we continue to cherish: courage, nobility, honesty, and selflessness. Powerful and unforgettable, it is ultimately the epic story of a man who serves as an inspiration not just for soldiers, but for us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425065761
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 06/15/1983
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

While attending Harvard University, Anton Myrer (1922-1996) enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after the Pearl Harbor attacks. He served for three years during World War II until he was wounded in the Pacific. He is also the author of the novels The Big War, The Last Convertible, and A Green Desire.

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Once an Eagle 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
HankGreenberg More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. I served in the military and have great respect for the men and women that served during the impossibly horrific wars that Sam Damon lived through. Anton Myrer hits the nail on the head with this novel. It's an epic. It's one of those that I wish could have gone on for a thousand more pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been in my library since 1968, and I re-read it each year. Sam Damon exhibits the character, courage, honesty and values that all men should aspire to. Although Sam is a fictional character, he has been a inspiration for me for over 35 years. A 'six' star read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a soldier, this should be a must-read for you. If you are a human, this should be on your top ten. Meyrer brings to light some issues that our military today struggles with: retention in a post-war draw-down with a thriving economy; maintaining the soldier spirit through all the political BS; most important -- being a good human over a good soldier (p.815). A real page turner, but if you plan to read it all in one sitting you'd better pack a healthy lunch.
Bobc743 More than 1 year ago
For a baby boomer who gave his first ever grammar school book report on "Guadalcanal Diary" this book later became my all time favorite. I understand it is required reading at West Point and the author certainly deserves that kind of respect from our military. For those of us old enough to remember the television mini-series, it makes the book an easy read when you picture Sam Elliot as Sam Damon.
CatManDo More than 1 year ago
I have purchased this book as a gift for several friends. I read it about 10 years ago. It is about the career of a young army enlisted man who joins in World War I, who advances up the ranks to General, then retires a General and goes to Vietnam during the conflict there. It chronicles America in war and peace over a 60 year period. It is the best book about the military and one of the best books on any subject I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long but worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree. Plus, I was joking. About the kidnap part. Your ad warmed us of a kidnapper and rapist, but then you added to have us give you a place to meet at. :/
kenstar23 More than 1 year ago
This is a one of he best books that I've read along with 'Soldier of the Great War'. It covers the all the major wars of the 20th century with Sam Damon as the honorable and brave soldier who gives everything he has to serve his country. Very well written and utterly believable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once an Eagle is a great book for colloge students. This book will encourage a lot of young adults. To do what you love even if it seems impossible is my theme that i got from this book. It includes funny moments, sad moments, happy moments and so on. I would recommend this book to anybody that thinks that his/her dream is impossible to reach, expecially to the people who want to go to the army and stant up for his country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the most interesting story that I had ever read. It was a story about a man named Sam Damon that wanted to show the world that he could do anything only if he put his mind to it. Sam had a character like no one else. He was one of a kind. His character should be the mark of what a American is really about. Honestly, trustworthy, has courage, is not self-center, but believes in himself and the people around him. You got to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting. It was amazing how Myrer told the story like he was their with Damon. The author did a great job keeping the story interesting considering how long the book was. The story was very motivational and his desire to win encouraged me to succeed at whatever I do and never give up. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs encouragement or just wants a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books that i have read in years. The author did an amazing job describing war and how anyone can achieve their dreams if they really push themselves. This is a great book to read if you are unsure about going for your dreams because it talks about a man that no one really believed in but he believed in himself and he ended up being the man everyone looked up to.... it was an amazing book....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I read it a little a while ago, and I'm still in middle school. This book is so good, that I keep re-reading it. It is a story of a great man name Sam Damon who is an excellent commander. He goes through tough times, but always comes out on top. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why have they never made the TV series available to the retail market? It was a wonderful book, but also, an excellent movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the mini-series and was captivated. I read the book and was afraid that I might be disappointed. Sometimes, the book isn't as good as the movie and vice versa. The book was so good that I sent it to my dad who was a career Army office and retired as a bird colonel after 33 years. He really liked it, so much so, that I couldn't get it back from him! He would read it and then, re-read it again. Daddy passed away this year and I don't know where the book is, so I'm going to get myself another copy! I wish I could see the mini-series again....it was excellent and cast perfectly. You HAVE to read this book!