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“I made this book mandatory reading for my Rangers. . . . We went from the worst platoon in the regiment to the best platoon in six months. In training we’d get to the objective so fast they had to hold us back.”
–US Army Master Sergeant H. "Max" Mullen Ret.
75th Ranger Regiment

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Author Larry Chambers vividly describes the guts and courage it took to pass the though volunteer-only training program in Nha Tarng to be part of the 5th Special Forces Recondo School, the hair-raising graduation mission to scout out, locate, and out-guerilla the NVA. Here is an unforgettable account that follows Chambers and the Rangers every step of the way--from joining, going through Recondo, and finally leading his own team on white-knuckle missions through the jungle hell of Vietnam.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891418407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891418405
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi I'm Larry Chambers. Today I live in Ojai, California. I have two great and successful kids, Christin (27) is a singer, song writer and realty show producer and Logan (23) has a degree in Marine Biology UCSC and is a California State Beach Life Guard.

I found a way to merge my passions; writing, art, adventure and family into - The Chambers Company we write and publish ebooks.

My first two books; Recondo and the First Time Investor pushed me in a new direction and launched a writing career that my teachers would have told me is impossible - once they stopped laughing. I was guy always distracted, inattentive, impatient, forgot his homework, and spelled words that looked more like turds.

But I beat the odds. I've written over 50 published books and hundreds and hundreds of magazine articles.

It wasn't until I was plopped down in the jungles of South Vietnam that I moved to 'the head of the class.' Distractibility, risk taking and impulsiveness were liabilities in school, became survival traits in combat. I would noticed things others overlooked, a blade of grass bent in the wrong direction or VC snot dripping from a tree leaf. Without being able to explain why, I'd knew when things were about to happen.

MILITARY BACKGROUND: served with F 58th Inf LRP and the originating L Co 75th Rangers 101st Abn ("Merrill's Marauders') company organized as the parent unit for the separate long-range reconnaissance patrol companies 1968-69.

AWARDS: Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, two Air Medals; Combat Infantryman's Badge; Parachute Badge; Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Metal, Good Conduct Metal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign Metal. Recondo Badge.

BACKGROUND: Corning High School, located in Northern Cal, where he played football, basketball, track and boxing. He spent the summers milking cows and delivering feed to neighboring ranches. Went to Shasta College during the summer worked in the Forest Service as a fire fighter. After Vietnam he moved to Utah and completed his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. A certified ski instructor he also taught skiing for the University of Utah. After graduation he became a stockbroker for EF Hutton & Co, started Hunter/Chambers Construction Company and Credibility Marketing a hi-bred marketing and writing service.

AFFILIATIONS: Vetrepreneur (magazine for military Veterans who own a business) Advisory board member for the Journal of Retirement Planning; Associate Editor for the Journal of Investing; Business and Economics columnist for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Contributing editor for Investment Advisor magazine; and Wealth Manager; contributing editor Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Registered Representative, and on the editorial advisory board at Pension World magazine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Strasser on May 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having been in the army, served in a war myself, and now turned helicopter pilot, I can truly recommend his book to everybody. Especially readers who are thinking of joining, people who have served and wifes who are trying to understand. Larry Chambers tells it how it is. It's the "real experience" without the politics and the [] Hollywood drama. I personally enjoyed most how the book showes that in the real world, all that was learned in basic and from the handbook, needs to be "slightly modified" to survive a real battle and keep working. You guys are true heroes to me and I thank you, Larry, for a wonderful book I couldn't put down until I was done at around 3am next morning.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Gordon on March 22, 2000
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If you enjoy reading personal accounts of combat, this one's for you. This book details the many patrols and missions that Chambers went on. Doesn't spend too much time describing/discussing mundane details of military life. Sticks to personal accounts of action in the jungle. You can see how he turns from a cherry to a veteran recon man over the course of the story. Written very well. Tough to put down. Having read dozens of personal accounts of combat in Vietnam, this one stacks up with the best of the rest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2001
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I enjoyed this book rather immensely. It was short but was simultaneously gripping. It one man's story of the Vietnam War as he experienced it serving with a LRRP unit in the 101st. For those interested in seeing and understanding the Vietnam War from all the angles necessary to more completely comprehend the goings on over there, this book is an excellent addition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nelson VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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I have long been a fan of books about history and military conflicts. I like to listen to audiobooks in the car while shuttling the kids around to and from school, so I was pretty pleased when I found an audio version of Recondo for cheap.

The content of the book is not a surprise. Recondo is the author's account of serving with a Long Range Recon unit during the Vietnam War. The book covers his experiences in the military from enlisting to going his experiences after the war. For others that have read other books about LRRPs, Recondo starts roughly about the same time as "Eyes of the Eagle" by Gary Linderer ends. Both authors served in the same unit, so if you have read Gary Linderer's books, there may be a bit of overlap.

What I did find surprising in this book is the author's ability to tell a story. In my opinion, Mr. Chambers is an extremely talented storyteller. Throughout the entire book, I felt as if I were there. His writings made me feel the excitement of battle, the fear of being the new guy and doing nothing right, and the dejection that came with no one seeming to care about the fact he made it home. Throughout the entire book, I felt as if I were sitting in the backyard with a beer, taking face to face with the author, watching the sunset with some steaks searing away on the grill.

I particularly enjoyed the ending of the book. I like to read about the military and war. I am fascinated with the stories of the people who have served our fine nation, not really the blood and guts aspect. At the end of the book, the author discusses his return home. I found a scene that he described at a party particular disturbing, as it seemed no one cared about the fact this fine young man just came back from serving his country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bo Hermansen on August 16, 2006
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This is an exelent book, it covers the author time while serving in F coy/ 58 LRP and L coy/ 75 Ranger

One of the things I love is the way the author decribes the small details, the nitty gritty...attention to details are importend, but it is details in the field...

This book also gives an avid account of the authors trip to the famed MACV recondo school and has plenty of goddy tips that can be used even today by modern patrol soldiers.

The author is a modest man, but you cannot miss that fact that Larry Chambers was icecold in combat.....did things that many others would have freaked out on......

I could not put i down

Go Buy it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
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This book really explains what happened in Vietnam without all the bull.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
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Larry Chambers takes you into the jungles of Vietnam with a vengeance. He will have you laughing then cringing in the same sentence. He will have you ducking incoming. Once you pick up this book it will be impossible to put down. I have always known that Lurps were the heroes of Vietnam. This book just verifys it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug DePew on February 10, 2011
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"Recondo: LRRPs in the 101st Airborne" is one of the best books about LRRPs that has been written. Larry Chambers has a good, friendly writing style that invites the reader out for a beer. He is factual, and his descriptive language is gripping. He is very good at projecting feelings to the reader.

The early part of the book picks up with his entry into the Army and gives a good, brief description of his basic training, infantry school, and Airborne school. Then he arrives in Vietnam. I think his description of what it feels like to be a "cherry" or new guy is precisely what it feels like to be that new guy. It's excellent. We're then led to Recondo School after Chambers volunteers for it. I believe Chambers's description of the Recondo school which was run by 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam was unbelievably good. I've heard this was one of the best schools the Army has ever run, and Chambers doesn't lead me to believe any different.

After Recondo, Chambers takes us on many missions of varying types. The descriptions of combat are very well done. He actually made me feel what it was like to rush together a reaction team to go save what's left of one of your teams when it's being shot up. That's no small accomplishment.

I think this is a very good book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in military history, Vietnam, memoirs, or history in general. It is raw and real.
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