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“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)

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476741123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476741123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2014
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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has written a fascinating memoir/autobiography, "I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir". Webb, a man of many interests and talents, has lived his life with a sense of honor about his country and has served that country in a myriad of positions, both politically and militarily.

James Webb, Jr was born in 1946, one of the earliest members of the "Baby Boomer" generation. His parents, both of Scots-Irish ancestry, were from hard-scrabble backgrounds. His father, James Sr, was a self-made man, becoming an airman in WW2 and continuing on, rejoining the military after his WW2 service ended. He was rose swiftly through the officer ranks, and held many top positions in the post-war/Cold War US Air Force. Jim's mother raised four children and moved with her husband around the United States - and to England for two years - as his career proceeded. The four children were true "military brats", continually changing communities and schools, but somehow his parents provided a stable home environment for the family. Jim knew he wanted to serve his country - as his father did - and entered the Naval Academy in 1964, after spending one year at the University of Southern California. He devoted a couple of chapters in the book to both life at the Academy and to "his" war in Vietnam. He has an historian's appreciation of both the war and his own part in it.

After earning two Purple Hearts and other medals in combat, he was sent back to the US. Trying to figure out what to do with his life, he graduated from Georgetown Law School. And he began to write. He became an author of novels - including "Fields of Fire", a generational book about the Vietnam War - as well as histories and other works of non-fiction.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nested Grid on May 27, 2014
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Anyone who grew up in a military family will immediately identify with Senator Webb's description of family life in a time of tremendous change in the fabric of society. I grew up in a Navy family, attending 2 kindergartens, 11 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, and 3 high schools - most in different parts of the country.

But more than that, this incredible book is a journey of a son who wants to emulate his father, and live up to his expectations while trying to find his way in an increasingly restless world. The journey of Jim Webb reads like classic literature, but it's a journey of an intellectual in an insane world, and his attempt to make sense of it.

He succeeded - and my wish is that this book be made required reading in high schools. We're not too far removed from the Vietnam era. Senator Webb can teach us all about what being American is all about.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cody on June 30, 2014
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When Jim Webb ran for the Senate and won, I was elated, with high expectations for his impact there. I think the new Senator discovered that leadership in a command and control situation like the military, is a little different when 100 Senators all have an equal vote. Being a leader in that environment, is perhaps better defined as someone who others will willingly follow. Jim Webb quit after one term, worried that his father would not have approved, and he was probably right about that. Quitters were not featured in the Webb family diary. On the other hand, being President is more like a command and control position, sitting at the top of the administration, not to mention the role of Commander and Chief. Maybe that is where this is headed. Sound like a stretch? Think Senator Barak Obama.

Jim Webb seems to have described the fulfillment of his civilian ambitions as follows: “Sooner or later, rather than finding a civilian career, and civilian career would find me”. That sounds like someone who does what he cares about and waits for something good to happen. Well if it does and a run for the Presidency finds him, who would vote for Jim Webb? He rails on and on about elitists, then creates his own elite category of men who have served in combat. It is a great point, but unfortunately less than 1% of Americans serve these days so how far will that take him? Well if a run for President does find Jim Webb, I would vote for him. Look at the alternatives, from Hilary to Mitt, from Rand to Chris. None have ever donned a uniform, and while that is not a pre-requisite to be President, at this time in history, it should count.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 21, 2014
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‘I Heard My Country Calling’ written by James Webb are great memoir of a man who can say that he truly lived a rich life, but most of all that he was a true American patriot who always above all put the interest of the community and the country where he was born.

James Webb in his life went through many interesting, exciting and dangerous events – as a Marine he received Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart, while in his political career he managed to become Secretary of the Navy and U.S. Senator.

Born right after the WW II finished, in a family of former WW II airman it was not a wonder that James wanted to continue on the path that his father had outlined. Though describing events from his youth, for me the best part of book were actually the part that deals with war in Vietnam and the role he personally played in it.

After being awarded medals for courage, Webb will return to US, graduate Law School and began to write. In everything he did James was successful and therefore it is not surprising that his novel ‘Fields of Fire’ became one of the most important books about conflict in Vietnam.

In the final part of the book he talks about his political career and his opposition to wars and US interventions, far to the east, while the book ends with Webb’s well-earned retirement after a turbulent life.

‘I Heard My Country Calling’ is a story in which there are no sentiment, instead reader will be introduced to a man who never complained about himself, a man who on the first place always tried to help his country. And therefore James Webb’s autobiography full of interesting and patriotic stories is definitely worth a read.
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