Rarely are the words "cool" or "hip" used to describe military life, but a unique new book from Unlimited Publishing LLC titled "To Benning and Back" may change the way young adults view what serving their country means in post-9/11 America.
"To Benning and Back: The Making of a Citizen Soldier" recounts the daily, blow-by-blow journal entries of NYC-based actor Monroe Mann, as he completed Basic Training and Officer Candidate School, became an officer in the Army National Guard, and saw duty at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.
On October 7, 2002, Mann (Age 25) appeared on CNNs Wolf Blitzer Reports in a lively broadcast highlighting Manns remarkable life as an actor, "gung-ho motivator," author of two books, and as a "Citizen Soldier" in the Army National Guard who served in NYC on 9/11. This book tells the rest of the story.
Written in the style and language of todays youth, "To Benning and Back" speaks to young Americans on their own terms, offering a refreshing new view of duty, honor and country for the 21st century.
2ndLt Monroe Mann (since promoted) To Benning and Back is one of those books not necessarily in the either the hate it or like it category--it has value. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Kennedy
I haven't read the book in question. It may or may not provide useful information to future officer candidates. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I've read the book front to back virtually without being able to put it down. I've read other reviews about it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Mahmood Wahid
I'm prior service and I've thought about going to Army OCS. I've read the Army Officer's Guide 49th Edition and other required reading recommended from the OCS website, but I never... Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by J. Parker
I read Monroe's book trying to trigger memories of my own boot camp days at Fort Polk in the 70's. It's amazing he found the time to write a journal during basic training. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Whamo
To Benning and Back was very informative and unlike any other material I have read before. It is one man's completely honest look into how it really feels to go into the Army and... Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by S. Hill
I cannot recommend "To Benning and Back" highly enough. I am currently applying to Army Officer Candidate School and it was the most helpful and informative thing I read. Read morePublished on September 10, 2005 by Nicholas Bakos