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Prodigal Soldiers: How the Generation of Officers Born of Vietnam Revolutionized the American Style of War Paperback – June 1, 1997
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One of the officers who was featured quite prominently was Barry McCaffrey. I have come to appreciate his interesting analysis on television, but I never knew his life story. Though it didn't surprise me as I knew he retired as a general, but what an impressively courageous man he has been throughout his military career! What he went through in Vietnam is enough to amaze even the gutsiest American.
Another interesting aspect of the book was the coverage of contentious social issues that the military has had to deal with: race, women, and gays and lesbians. Kitfield pointed out the increasingly important role that blacks and women have played in the US Armed Forces.
Regrettably we are left to wonder what happened since then when our powerful military get sucked into a war in Iraq, starting in 2003 with no end in sight, without a plan to finish it. It's easy enough to point to Tommy Franks, Richard Myers, and others, but maybe there's a larger institutional story to tell about the debacle that is now Iraq. Hopefully Kitfield will tell that story too. He has a book out about Iraq, but since it was written a year or two ago, it can't possibly accommodate for all that has occurred since publication.
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Enjoyed the book so far, not quite finished 80% completed.Published 7 months ago by Phyllis L. Ledbetter
This book is, in part, the story of how a generation of political and military leaders were forged in the quagmire of Vietnam. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Griswold
I'm writing this review nearly 20 years after this book was first published. It is incisive, caustic and uplifting, depending on which chapter one's reading, mood at the time and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles A. Krohn
One of the best treatments of the ground war in Nam, in my opinion. If you've read Halberstam's, Caputo's, O'Brien's Vietnam books, you'll appreciate Prodigal Soldiers. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Karen Zerr
My military career has paralleled those officers discussed in this factual book. From the early days of Viet Nam to Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, I served in the US Army... Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Miller L. Love