“The sweep of this wonderful book makes it the alpha and omega of the Cold War’s truest children. It begins with pride and patriotism that comes from living with warrior fathers and ends with illusion dispelled by a bloody little war in Vietnam. It’s a brilliant personal recollection that also brings alive a forgotten period of American history.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Webb is a terrific writer, a great war novelist…a compelling book.” (TIME)
“A fascinating account of [Webb’s] early life. . . . anintensely personal narrative that traces his development from sometime-studentto Naval Academy Midshipman, Marine officer, novelist, and political figure. .. . Fellow military brats will take particular delight in his description oftaking to the road with an impatient father and three siblings jammed into an automobile’sback seat . . . Webb’s wonderfully written book is more than a personalaccount; it is the story of a patriotic American who “heard his country calling.” (U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine)
“An eloquent military memoir” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Webb writes not only of his life but also, of course, the forces and people who shaped him. He describes his memoir as “a love story — love of family, love of country, love of service” — and he supports those words with the candor and grace of this readable and revealing memoir.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“I Heard My Country Calling rings with unvarnished dictums . . . Without flinching, he tells us of the grisliness and heroism he witnessed as a Marine in Vietnam. . . . his narrative offers an inside, no-punches-held look at the life of a man to whom independence was more important than money or power. . . . riveting.” (Washington Independent Review of Books)
“I Heard My Country Calling is emblematic of many other Americans’ life stories, reflecting a sense of honor and patriotism that thankfully knows no generational bounds.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
“Deeply moving . . . a delightful, mentally therapeutic, and engulfing book.” (Military Review)
James Webb, former senator from Virginia, has been a combat marine, a committee counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and secretary of the Navy, an Emmy Award–winning journalist, a filmmaker, and the author of ten books. Mr. Webb has six children and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Hong Le, who was born in Vietnam and is a graduate of Cornell Law School.
So far as auto biographies go which preceed Presidential campaigns, this is quite good. There are frequent hints of genuine writing talent, which in my book, qualifies Jim Webb as... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gordon MacDowell
Senator webb's autobiography gives a great insight to what makes him the person -- and presidential candidate -- he is today. Fascinating reading.Published 28 days ago by Roger Granum
Josh Martin, I think you would like this book. I've always liked Senator Webb and there are so many things in the book that sealed it.Published 2 months ago by connie martin
James Webb is a unique individual. A glance at his resume tells you that. Naval Academy grad, Marine combat veteran (two Purple Hearts in Vietnam), accomplished author,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Georgia Thriller Writer
You need to have known Midshipmen , Lt, Capt, Major Jim to understand the character of this leader in combat!
This is kind of a different book for James Webb, but still a great read. You almost wished that the James had the time and space to go into greater detail of at least some of his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer