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Harvard graduate Robin Moore’s classic best seller The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army’s Elite Special Forces Unit is a gripping work of fiction, heavily based on time which the author spent embedded in a US Army Special Forces unit that toured Vietnam in 1963.

Jim Frangione’s performance in this eye-opening audiobook is spot-on, his gruff voice perfectly suited to the endless action and often horrific descriptions of on-the-ground combat in a violent and unpredictable warzone. Even after half a century, Moore’s tight, tense prose is still gripping, and his insights about humanity in wartime still stirring and relevant.

Publisher's Summary

Robin Moore became one of the first true embedded journalists by training with and fighting alongside the Green Berets in Vietnam. Though fictionalized, his work is an eye-opening exposé of the horrors of the Vietnam War and the basis for the hit John Wayne movie of the same title. Taut, fast-paced, and interspersed with unforgettable accounts of combat, Moore’s novel features an American major who goes "native" with Montagnard tribesmen, a courageous Vietnamese girl who poses as a rabid anti-American Communist to capture a murderous Viet Cong officer, and the unforgettable acts of courage of soldiers in the field.

©1965, 1999, 2007 Robin Moore (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jawbone
  • 2017-10-07

Green Berets Nam and beyond

Being a Green Beret Commo Man I identified with so very much coming out of Oki in 69 as a 05B/C as I did, Commo Men were hard to come by, and we shuffled thru POR near Kin Village and on to where ever we were needed, CCK, Thailand, Nam, Laos, Cambodia and this book although Fiction, was tight with a lot of truth...Much credit was given to both sides of SF, and about how ferocious in fact the VC were...Definitely not afraid to die for their Country... I truly enjoyed this Audiobook and very well done and Moore was awesome... Recommend anyone who is interested in SF and some Green Beret history needs to either read or listen up, it’s definitely five by... 1st & the 7th SFG(A)...

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  • A. H. Sudbury
  • 2016-08-29

Stands the tests of ages

This is one of the classics as far as war fiction goes. Except, as the author notes, it isn't really fiction. The stories told in this tome may be altered to preserve confidences, but the events they describe are real. Within this novel you will find heroism and tragedy, and even love. The audible narration is particularly noteworthy for its professionalism; a true story time narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-15

The best Veitnam war book I have ever read.

I've read alot of book on the history of war and the us special forces (green berets and navy seals). This book is the best one about the veitnam war and the green berets. Tolded from a place of honesty and bluntness I can appreciate.

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  • Red
  • 2020-10-14

Worst Naration I ever heard

I am a big history guy, with an extreme interest in the Viet Nam war. That being said, the reader in the book lost his place! Meaning, he sounded like the 1970's Saturday morning Godzilla cast. A story told by an American journalist with the grit and respect of the Group guys to be allowed out into the bush with them. Heck you couldn't tell who was who with this reader! I just happen to be dumb enough and stubborn enough., if I start it I will finish it. Believe you me this book took all I had to do that.

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  • Philip Anderson
  • 2020-12-27

I first read this book 50 years ago

Not long after this book was published and the Vietnam war was in full swing, I read this book when in middle school. In high school in East Oakland, CA as a young white teenager I found myself in Jr Army ROTC in charge of a company of 40 black youths off the streets, learned leadership from sergeant instructors just back from Vietnam. A cousin who served in the Marine Corps with two years in Vietnam came to live with my family to readjust to peacetime life said this book told the real story of the war. The truth about corruption in the command structure happening back then as my cousin related it first hand, and literally today hearing in a podcast Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher tell how he was hung out to dry by lies told and accepted by his command . . . Confirmed my decision to NOT join the military back then when my many Jr ROTC achievements made me a prime target for them.

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  • Eric Phillip Cotter
  • 2020-12-24

A classic

Heroes larger than life and sacrifice, what more.....?? When i lived through the edges of that time, the memories, tarnished as they were, come flooding back. Painful, but real.

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  • PNW Prime
  • 2020-12-03

Modern Day Heros

In our current world where news comes from bloggers and Facebook, it was incredibly refreshing to read first hand accounts from Robin Moore, who is not only a writer but a civilian graduate of airborne school and special forces training. I wish the writing was a little more engaging, personal, and actual names and places were used, but otherwise this is a great book.

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  • Just_Shoppin
  • 2020-12-01

Too Bad, This novel missed it.

Well, it starts off with an hour of disclaimers, NDA -Non-Disclosure Agreements. This is not a story with an arc of a story. No this is more of an events documentary. Of course, since it's all NDA the names and events are not the same but Maybe close to the actual activity, Ya, De, Da! So as you can tell I started off on a bad note, So I may be judging this book wrong. That being said I finished the book, and just said SMH, I want my 8 hours back.

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  • Phillip Owen
  • 2020-10-28

no other act of love ...

...is greater than when a man lays down his life for his friends John 15:13

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-25

great book

read the original many years ago and figured I'd do the updated version. wonderfully written and well narrated.