“The unique transition from civilian to Soldier has always generated tall tales... about the environment, the changes, and of course the ever-present Drill Sergeant who changes your life. While the portrayed events usually grow with exaggeration and some added humor as Soldiers grow older, Jack Jacobs and Dave Fisher have captured the ‘war stories’ of basic training in a uniquely hilarious and moving way. Well done, gentlemen and patriots!”—Mark Hertling, Former Deputy Commander for Initial Military Training, US Army
"Movies and television shows have taught us to think of boot camp as a grueling physical challenge—and it is that—but what we take away here is a deeper understanding of the punishing psychological component as recruits learn to box up their individuality in favor of conformity and the unfaltering following of orders."—Booklist
"Provides a clear and sometimes mordantly amusing overview of the training experience, punctuating it with personal accounts from soldiers."—Kirkus Reviews
“This is a book about transformation, the transition from civilian to soldier. … With insight and candor, Basic is certain to bring back memories for the 40 million people who have gone through it, and provide a grasp of what it is like for the others who have not.”—Tucson Citizen
“The two authors weave interesting facts and stories about basic training throughout their readable book, with personal accounts from service members interviewed.”—The Fayetteville Observer
Praise for If Not Now, When?:
“It’s a privilege to call [Col. Jack Jacobs] a friend and an honor to recommend this remarkable life story.”—Tom Brokow
“One warning: The book you are about to read, at its core, is a story about selflessness, sacrifice, and service. I will never view my friend Jack in the same way again. I just didn’t think it was possible to admire him any more than I already did.”—Brian Williams
In addition to his Medal of Honor, Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) is the recipient of three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars. He is the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and is an on-air analyst for NBC News. Colonel Jacobs is also the author of the Colby Award–winning memoir If Not Now, When? He lives in New Jersey.
David Fisher is the author of more than fifty books, including sixteen New York Times bestsellers. He lives in New York.
It gives you an idea of what to expect and how things will be for you.
Learning how to salute... and knock on the dictator's door as he bellows... "Louder clown... I can't hear you!"... (As I punch a hole through the wall.)
When I loaded it on my iPad and started reading, I could not stop reading and laughing about all the memories which were triggered on almost every page.
It's a okay read if you have been through basic training. If not I think you
would find it stupid. It brought back some memories.
A must read for those that survived boot camp regardless of branch of service. I laughed out loud several times at the antics and awkwardness that comes with boot camp. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Darren Sapp
This book is a must read for any parent or anyone thinking of going into the armed forces. It gives you an idea of what to expect and how things will be for you.Published 18 months ago by Walter Moore
This product has been invaluable for my husband. He wants to go into training for a state trooper and this helped him know more about what he might go through.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a wonderful story he can tell. Basic is not as good as "if not now, when", but he keeps you interested.Published 20 months ago by Regina K. Mcdaniel
A collection of vignettes told by recruits and their basic training experiences. I would have liked to learn about the philosophy that went into the modern Basic Training Program... Read morePublished 20 months ago by bob w