The Wars of the Green Berets: Amazing Stories from Vietnam to Present Day by Michael Lennon and Robin Moore brings forth fictionalized accounts of Green Beret operations from the 1950s to the first Gulf War. Mr. Moore is a published writer, and also co-wrote the lyrics for the famous Ballad of the Green Berets (1966).
- 241 pages
- Publisher : Skyhorse Publishing
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0739484516
I did not know that this book was fiction, and frankly, I would have had a difficult time figuring it out if it wasn’t disclosed to me by the book’s description. The stories are told through the fictional eyes of a bunch of characters engaged in conflicts in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Afghanistan, as well as Iraq.
There are a lot of historical contexts, which I found to be very interesting, and some of it certainly enlightening. I liked reading about the tactics, as well as what it takes to become a Green Beret.
However, I felt that the conversations whose only purpose was to educate the reader were wooden and annoying. They did nothing to move the story forward and were ridiculous given the context.
I appreciate what the authors tried, and somewhat succeeded to do in this book. They brought together warriors of past decades and intertwined their fates. This was cleverly done, and as an amateur student of history, I was impressed to read of how past policies still have influences, as well as relevance, to current affairs. After all, history is fluid, actions have consequences, and these men felt it.
Many of the operations talked about were familiar to me from previous readings. But I could not shake off the feeling that I have read better, less clumsy, narratives of these events. I also disliked much of the preaching in the book, and the epilogue was just rambling which I thought could have been discarded. This is just me, however, I don’t like to be preached to no matter where I’m at.
Regardless of these minor issues, I learned several things from The Wars of the Green Berets: Amazing Stories from Vietnam to Present Day by Michael Lennon and Robin Moore, and had fun while I was at it. The fact that these are fictional narratives did nothing to distract from actual events.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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