From Publishers Weekly
The superstar of rock music was already a celebrity when he was drafted into the army in 1958. Presley could have spent his military service entertaining troops; instead, he volunteered to serve in a combat unit. Assigned to a tank outfit in Germany, he trained hard, partied hard and won the respect of his comrades in arms. The author, Presley's platoon leader, depicts this with poignant word-snapshots from what were perhaps the happiest days in the life of this American icon: Elvis gleefully capturing an "enemy" officer during a field exercise; the King risking an Article 15 (nonjudicial punishment by the company commander) to help a buddy out of a jam; and one wonderful moment when Elvis, prevailed on to sing at a party, dedicated a spirited rendition of "Hound Dog" to the author. Taylor says Elvis is remembered by all who served with him as a fine young man who did his job to the best of his ability and tried to stay out of the limelight. A retired colonel, Taylor is senior vice-president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
You might think that everyone who had more than a nodding acquaintance with the king of rock 'n' roll has written their book by now, but no. Here comes Elvis' immediate commanding officer during his 1959 stint with the Thirty-second Tank Battalion in Germany. Taylor, then a lieutenant barely older than the famous private and now a retired colonel, tells simple tales of a young man who was basically a good soldier and a regular guy, tales that are pretty much just what reverent Presleyphiles want to hear. They are not exciting, though, so add this item for the fans' sake and steer those seriously interested in Elvis to Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis
(1994) and, soon, to its eagerly anticipated sequel. Ray Olson