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I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils Audible – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 16 hours and 5 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: May 14, 2014
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KC09ADQ
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Format: Hardcover
Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.) has published his autobiography titled, "I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils". Robert K. Brown's (or RKB as he is known to his friends) book is more than just an autobiography, it is a monumental lesson in American and world history.

RKB's book reads like a Tom Clancy novel, may Tom rest in peace.

A lover of good whiskey, danger and going where the action is, usually on his own dime, makes him a modern day Ernest Hemingway. Unlike Hemingway who wrote fiction based upon his adventures, RKB writes non-fiction reporting on his personal experiences.

The best time in RKB's life was when he was Captain Brown, Special Forces Team Leader of A-334, Tong Le Chon, South Vietnam, just five kilometers from the Cambodian border from 1969 to 1970. RKB credits Special Forces LTC Michael Lanter for assigning him to the position, which he describes as the "most challenging and memorable" of his entire life.

So why is RKB the father of "participatory journalism"?

As Founding Father and President John Adams wrote, "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." RKB is more than a student of politics and war he is a practitioner of politics and war. As Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz wrote in Vom Kriege (On War), "War is the continuation of politics by other means." RKB has lived what Adams and Clausewitz captured in their statements. RKB is by definition the father of "participatory journalism", which means get to the war, if necessary participate in the war and then report on the war. He is also a "man among men", a phrase which has a special meaning to RKB. More about that later.
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Format: Hardcover
Reading about the life and experiences of Col. Brown was a fantastic experience. The books is written very well. You almost feel as if you are right there in the jungles, deserts and oceans with the SOF legend.

Thank you for your service
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I love this book. It tells the stories you don't hear about in the mainstream media about all the dirty little wars and actions that polite society has no clue about or won't discuss openly. This is all about where politics and violence meet.
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Format: Hardcover
I have had the good fortune to know Bob Brown for over 30 years, and have been even more fortunate to have survived many of the exploits regaled herein. If you must, forget the intrigue and the fascinating behind-the-curtains history of our most turbulent times, it is the humor and spirit in which this is written that is most appreciated. DO NOT HESITATE. This is a book one will read, take notes and laugh out loud. Bob Brown is indeed SOLDIER OF FORTUNE; flankers are out, double-time march to the sound of the guns! Move out!
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Mention Robert K Brown and many unawares will say "Who?" But, then add, SOLDIER OF FORTURE magazine and all will say, "Whoa!!" And, to most of the awares, the two names are gratefully synonymous. Bob Brown's been battling America's enemies, both foreign and domestic; elected things; wind bags; wind mouths; foam mouths; and truly lethal windmills most all of his adult life. Now, soon to hit age 81, not only are his morality, mentality and memory totally intact, so are his vital life values of honor, service, loyalty , plus true faith and allegiance to his country and the old values we used to hold true.
He has accomplished more action, brilliance, war correspondence, military service, exploration, outdoor sports than any other person most of us even dream about. Yet, his most known achievement is his historically brilliant SOLDIER OF FORTUNE magazine, conceived in Cuba in 1958 and founded in Boulder, CO in 1975.
At last, we finally got his memoirs.
Yes, finally, after years of nagging and bugging by his buddies, cronies, people whose lives, asses and careers he's saved, foreign and domestic, he has his memoirs, well, one volume thereof, published and titled very accurately as I AM SOLDIER OF FORTUNE. But, no single book, whether ink on paper or electronic, can truly document this great human being's experiences and accomplishments. There have to be two or three more volumes to document all the fun, fame, horror and honor. For example within a week of his awesome memoir being published, dozens of his soldiering colleagues, teammates from Vietnam, war correspondents, journalists, fellow hunters of all manner and species of prey had read this book and were praising it and its author with more and more memories and stories that were NOT in this memoir.
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This is a particularly interesting book written by a man was a unique place in history. To my knowledge there has never magazine like Soldier of Fortune. This is the story of how one man started a publishing empire and produced a magazine for the professional solider or independent contractor. It depends on your point of view.

I honestly enjoyed this book tremendously. It is a fantastically wild ride through the problems of the last half of the 20th Century. From the war in Vietnam, POW searches, the first war with Iraq, Yugoslavia and other places where problems happen, Brown and his team of reporters and trainers were there.

The number of risks his men and his publication have taken are pretty high. In fact some of his correspondents have been killed. Including, the late Bob MacKenzie, who was by all accounts killed and eaten by the enemy. You really can't make stuff up like this.

One of the more curious aspects of the book concerns the concept of participatory journalism. Brown claims to be the father of this style of involved reporting, but I can think of a few examples going back to the Second World War and the first, where this type of reporting was done.

Another interesting aspect is the fact that Brown left out a number of stories about his need for lawyers overs the years. There were a number of high profile cases that went to court as a result of advertising or news stories profiled within this magazine. But none of that is mentioned in this book. Probably because it's not nearly as interesting as the other material presented in the book.

The book is an excellent and easy read. But I would point out that it needed editing.
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