How does the US Army mold a video-game generation with its thumbs on the joystick into a proud fighting force with its fingers on the trigger - and lives on the line - in America's War on Terror? Michael J. MacLeod, already an accomplished professional photographer and journalist, decided to find out the hard way: by enlisting in the armed forces at age forty-one. What he observed and experienced as an embedded reporter and a serving soldier makes for an unflinching and inspiring portrait of endurance, sacrifice, discipline, and courage.
From the trials of basic training on the home front to the ranks of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division to taking fire in the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, MacLeod chronicles the soldier's evolution as only one who's been in those boots can. Candid, wise, and powerful, his memoir takes listeners on an unforgettable journey through war and allows them to witness bravery firsthand.
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"A real story of war."
enjoyed the narrator, story was well written I would find myself laughing at times then wanting to cry, I like how nothing seemed to be sugar coated it was real. As a veteran myself I salute you Michael McCloud.
"mature account of war and it's warfighters."
From the view of a 40+ man who joined the 82nd as a enlisted journalist. Probably the best account I've read or listened to, expertly narrated.
"Best modern military book I've listened to lately."
Outstanding story that was written and performed outstandingly well. A win, win, win! Trifecta! Bravo!
Events extremely well written and
Patrick Lawlor brings them to life.
Unable to put it down.
"Utterly fascinating US Army memoir"
In 2008 Michael McLeod, a 41 year old husband, father, and Montana native with no military experience, decided to join the US Army as a buck private. He hoped to become a military journalist and photographer. This is his story of his 5 years as an enlisted man beginning with boot camp and including a tour without combat in Iraq and a tour with heavy combat in Afghanistan. The perspective of a well educated 40+ year old is fascinating and even humorous at times. McLeod was old enough to be the father of most of his peers and even many of his superiors,so his perceptions are certainly different than others.
I recommend The Brave Ones without reservation to all. It is a wonderful and well narrated audiobook!
"Most insightful on the Army itself"
I'd recommend this book especially to anybody with curiosity about the Army. The author explains what the Army is in ways I hadn't heard before.
To give just one example, MacLeod explained how a soldier's time is in a sense an inventory problem to the Army. The Army, owning the 24-hour day of a soldier, doesn't want time used in ways that don't serve its purposes. So by default it makes soldiers get ready far ahead of schedule and then wait - lots of waiting in a state of readiness.
I've enjoyed Lawlor's performance in other military books, including Silent Heroes. His voice betrays a sensitivity that goes well with first person military history books. He makes author insights especially credible and appealing.
The book is too complex and rich for me to have grasped well in the first go while being entertaining enough to stick with for long stretches. The second pass for me yielded as much as the first one. I may eventually listen a third time.
"Great telling of the 82nd Airborne action in Iraq and Afganistan"
Told from the personal perspective of a combat photographer living through combat tours in both AO's, the book is both insightful and poignant. He honors those who served, fought and in some cases died serving with their brothers in arms. Humorous and touching stories and mixed with detailed battle operations. Well worth the time.
"Enjoyed this one"
Probably the best modern day representation of life in the 82nd. It brought back a lot of memories of my time there in the early 90s. Not much has changed. Really good narrator too.
This was an outstanding book! I am a veteran of 25 years of active duty with the US Army and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It is authentic, detailed, and written with an air of patriotism as well as respect for the members of our armed forces and their families.
In my opinion,what really made this a great book was the fact that it was written by a soldier who not only observed what was happening, but was able to tell the story from the perspective of a soldier. The author kept a detailed record of his experiences from basic training throughout his period of service.
Very entertaining and informative. The author really shows you with his story how the News industry puts their own spin on things. I am glad; I listened to this. The narrator does an awesome job as well.
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