Originally published in 1949, To Hell and Back was a smash bestseller for fourteen weeks and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself. More than fifty years later, this classic wartime memoir is just as gripping as it was then.
Desperate to see action but rejected by both the marines and paratroopers because he was too short, Murphy eventually found a home with the infantry. He fought through campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Although still under twenty-one years old on V-E Day, he was credited with having killed, captured, or wounded 240 Germans. He emerged from the war as America's most decorated soldier, having received twenty-one medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. To Hell and Back is a powerfully real portrayal of American GI's at war.
In this compelling, highly unusual collection of amazing but true stories, U.S. soldiers reveal fantastic, almost unbelievable events that occurred in places ranging from the deadly Central Highlands to the Cong-infested Mekong Delta.
"Finders Keepers" became the sacred byword for one exhausted recon team who stumbled upon a fortune worth more than $500,000--and managed, with a little American ingenuity, to relocate the bounty to the States. Jorgenson also chronicles Marine Sergeant James Henderson's incredible journey back from the dead, shares a surreal chopper rescue, and recounts some heart-stopping details of the life--and death--of one of America's greatest unsung heroes, a soldier who won more medals than Audie Murphy and Sergeant York.
Whether occurring in the bloody, fiery chaos of sudden ambushes or during the endless nights of silent, gnawing menace spent behind enemy lines, these stories of war are truly beaucoup dinky dau . . . and ultimately unforgettable.
From the Paperback edition.
More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland. Between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, traveling in groups of families and bringing with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition, and, over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working class America, and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself.
Born Fighting is the first book to chronicle the full journey of this remarkable cultural group, and the profound, but unrecognized, role it has played in the shaping of America. Written with the storytelling verve that has earned his works such acclaim as “captivating . . . unforgettable” (the Wall Street Journal on Lost Soliders), Scots-Irishman James Webb, Vietnam combat veteran and former Naval Secretary, traces the history of his people, beginning nearly two thousand years ago at Hadrian’s Wall, when the nation of Scotland was formed north of the Wall through armed conflict in contrast to England’s formation to the south through commerce and trade. Webb recounts the Scots’ odyssey—their clashes with the English in Scotland and then in Ulster, their retreat from one war-ravaged land to another. Through engrossing chronicles of the challenges the Scots-Irish faced, Webb vividly portrays how they developed the qualities that helped settle the American frontier and define the American character.
Born Fighting shows that the Scots-Irish were 40 percent of the Revolutionary War army; they included the pioneers Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston; they were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain; and they have given America numerous great military leaders, including Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Audie Murphy, and George S. Patton, as well as most of the soldiers of the Confederacy (only 5 percent of whom owned slaves, and who fought against what they viewed as an invading army). It illustrates how the Scots-Irish redefined American politics, creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. And it explores how the Scots-Irish culture of isolation, hard luck, stubbornness, and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue-collar America, the military services, the Bible Belt, and country music.
Both a distinguished work of cultural history and a human drama that speaks straight to the heart of contemporary America, Born Fighting reintroduces America to its most powerful, patriotic, and individualistic cultural group—one too often ignored or taken for granted.
Detailing incredible and evocative feats—including an Army pilot who rescued two fellow pilots from a deadly crash in hostile territory and strapped himself to the helicopter’s exterior for the flight to the hospital—Greenblatt provides glimpses into the minds of these men as they face gut-wrenching decisions and overcome enormous odds.
However, this book is much more than tales of riveting action. Each chapter goes beyond linear combat stories to explore each hero’s motivations, dreams, and the genuine emotions that were evoked in the face of extreme danger. Readers will be transported to a variety of settings—from close-quarters urban fighting in Iraq to mountainside ambushes in rural Afghanistan to a midnight rescue in the middle of the Atlantic—as they accompany the men who do not see themselves as heroes but as patriots in the line of duty.
These great warriors lived on the knife edge between life and death, and their pending mortality acted to reveal eternal truths about human life through both their motives and acts. Thus the warrior perspective is universally unique and therefore still applicable today in our more complex modern world.
Warrior Wisdom includes a huge collection of unforgettable quotes, sayings and writings from warriors and warrior leaders, both past and present, and from around the world. This exhaustive book reveals the essentialities of the Fighter’s life, speaking with great heart, eloquence, wisdom and an earned authenticity on subjects still crucial to you today: leadership, loyalty, honor, courage, tactics, strategy and much more.
Read what warriors – Western and Eastern, obscure and famous, admirable and despicable – have said about themselves and others. Be inspired by the words of such important figures from Alexander the Great to General George Patton. Benefit from the pithy strategic wisdoms of Xenophon, Miyamoto Musahi, Sun Tzu and Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy the wit of Winston Churchill, and the philosophical and spiritual musings of Marcus Aurelius and King David. Warrior Wisdom offers a unique opportunity to thoroughly explore what it really means to be a warrior...in the worlds of yesterday and today.
Warrior Wisdom Features: Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Machiavelli, Marcus Aurelius, Themistocles, Archidamus III, Beowulf, Thirty-Six Stratagems, Sun Tzu, Sun Bin, Alexander the Great, King David, Joshua, Belisarius, Saladin, Judas Maccabeus, Joan of Arc, William Wallace, Vercingetorix, Xenophon, Archilochus, Horace, Lamachus, King Leonidas of Sparta, Xerxes, Demaratus, Herodotus, Shaka Zulu, Brasides of Sparta, Tsukahara Bokuden, Yagyu Munenori, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Wu Qi, Jiang Taigong, Huang Shi Gong, Uesugi Kenshin , Miyamoto Musashi, George Washington, Napoleon, Henry V, Frederick the Great, Lord Moran, Winston Churchill, General Patton, George C. Marshall, Karl von Clausewitz, Erwin Rommel, John Paul Jones, Horatio Nelson, Ulysses S. Grant, General Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, Lawrence of Arabia, Audie Murphy, Sallust, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Thucydides, Crazy Horse, The Emperor Maurice, Oliver Cromwell, Lucius Aemilius Paulus, Siegfried Sassoon , Viscount Slim of Burma, General Tecumseh Sherman, Sir Basil Liddell Hart, Tacitus, Nathan Hale, Takeda Shingen, Shiba Yoshimasa, Stonewall Jackson, Taisen Deshimaru, Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, Bernard Law Montgomery, Captain John Parker, Mao Zedong and much, much more.....
It is fair to say that Tom Mathews’s relations with his father, a veteran of World War II’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, were terrible. He came back from the war to a young son he’d barely met and proceeded to bully and browbeat him—for his own good, he thought. In the course of puzzling out almost fifty years of intermittent conflict, Mathews came to understand that their problems were not simply personal, they were generational—and widely shared by millions of other baby boomer sons. And so, to write this powerful book, which traces the kinetic effect of the war on the men who fought it, their sons, and their grandsons, Mathews has uncovered nine other dramatic and telling father-son tales of veterans in some ways missing in action and how internal war wounds shaped their lives as fathers. These include a combat infantryman whose life was saved by the fabled Audie Murphy, and a black member of the storied Tuskegee Airmen corps. In a moving final chapter, he and his father return together to Italy to revisit scenes from the war—and attempt, at long last, to forge their own separate peace.
In a very real sense, Our Fathers’ War tells the secret history of World War II and its echoes down the years and generations. In the course of doing so, it offers a portrait of evolving styles of American manhood that many, many fathers and sons have been needing and awaiting.
In addition to write First Blood, David Morrell is the acclaimed author of numerous New York Times bestsellers that include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards as well as the International Thriller Writers’ prestigious lifetime Thriller Master award.
“David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller writer living today, bar none.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
“David Morrell is a master of suspense.”
—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer
“Morrell, an absolute master of the thriller, plays by his on rules and leaves you dazzled.”
—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of 77 Shadow Street
That was how Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy justified his heroic actions in World War II. As long as there have been wars, men and women in the military have watched their friends die. Experts warn that delaying our grief will complicate our lives. But what about those who have no choice but to delay it until the battle is over?
In Friend Grief and the Military: Band of Friends you’ll meet military and non-combatants who struggle with the grief and guilt of losing their friends. You’ll learn, too, in the amazing ways they help each other, that “leave no one behind” is a life-long commitment.
Shedding light on 500 years of suppression, this shocking expose reveals the pivotal role in American history played by its most invisible minority--zombies.
From colonization and revolution to World Wars and global hegemony, A Zombie's History of the United States tells the powerful and moving stories of this country's living-dead underclass, including:
-The zombie massacre of European colonists at Plymouth Rock
-The gruesome killing of a zombinated Meriwether Lewis by his fellow explorer William Clark
-The doomed defense of the Alamo against hordes of the attacking undead
-The heroic, platoon-saving charge into a hail of German fire by an undead Lt. Audie Murphy
-The top-secret NASA missions that launched(and often lost) zombies into space
-The anti-terrorist program to stop the weaponization of the zombie virus
"Let each man hear his own music and live by it. Th e drums roll one way for one man, I guess, and another way for another. You have to listen to your own."- Audie Murphy
His best-known films included A Crooked Road (1954) with Mickey Rooney, To Hell and Back (1955) with Audie Murphy, and The Forbidden Planet (1956) with Leslie Nielsen. In the late 1960s on American television, Jack hosted Sale of The Century, starred in Get Christie Love (1975), and also appeared on The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (1977) series. After he retired from show business, he served as a City Councilman and Mayor of Huntington Beach, California, and he was also a newspaper publisher. He loved some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, became a husband, and would probably tell everyone that his greatest joy was in being a father.
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The 12 historical photos/pictures for the Texas Photo Pack includes:
¥ REN ROBERT CAVALIER, SIEUR DE LA SALLE, French Explorer
¥ STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, Known as ÒThe Father of TexasÓ
¥ SAM HOUSTON, First President of the Republic of Texas
¥ ANTONIO LîPEZ DE SANTA ANNA, Military Officer and President of Mexico
¥ JAMES BOWIE, Frontiersman and Leader in the Texas Revolution
¥ WILLIAM B. TRAVIS, Leader in the Texas Revolution
¥ CHARLES GOODNIGHT, Trailblazing Texas Cattleman
¥ SCOTT JOPLIN, Composer and Pianist
¥ BESSIE COLEMAN, First African American Female Pilot
¥ AUDIE MURPHY, Hero of World War II
¥ BARBARA JORDAN, Politician and Civil Rights Leader
¥ U.S. PRESIDENTS, ThFREE U.S. Presidents from Texas
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