The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride and Military Service Kindle Edition
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“I’ve known a few men over forty who have enlisted in the Army. They bring a perspective and maturity to the business of combat arms not found among the twentysomethings. Mike MacLeod brings all this, along with the insights of a photojournalist and an experienced writer. The Brave Ones is a unique, inside look at modern war. Nicely done, Mike.” —Dick Couch, author of The Warrior Elite and Chosen Soldier
About the Author
Michael J. MacLeod is one of the most published military photographers of the last decade, a recipient of both a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal from the US Army, and an active supporter of war veterans’ groups. His work has earned dozens of military journalism awards, including Military Journalist of the Year in 2012, and has been published online at Time.com, the Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Fox News, CNN, Corbis Images, Army Times, Business Insider, the Atlantic, and the Long War Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in wildlife biology. In addition to being a combat correspondent with the 82nd Airborne Division, he has worked as a photographer, magazine editor, carpenter, and college professor. MacLeod also spent three years living in a wilderness cabin in Montana studying elk, wolves, and mountain lions. Married for twenty-four years to his college sweetheart, he has two children and resides in a small town near Bozeman, Montana.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00Y0AJVAQ
- Publisher : Grand Harbor Press (November 10, 2015)
- Publication date : November 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 33444 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's been over a half century since I served three years in the army and I was stunned to learn NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The toys are better but the s*** still stinks. The military is the most maddening environment in the world, the rules illogical, the authority absolute, and the waste monumental. And I am eternally grateful for having had the experience.
Read this book if you want to know why veterans are different in outlook and values than non vets. We are the better for it - something I would have never said during the experience.
p.s - once you read this you'll understand 'the why' when you see Vietnam era photos showing grunts with FTA written on their helmets. No, it doesn't mean Fun, Travel, and Adventure, try F*** The Army.
Some things were hard to read, the deaths of our troopers, put me right back to the times that they were blacked out & hearing the names later. While this is a must read for civilians, I doubt those that don't have ANY friends or family in the military will read it. Which is a shame because the public SHOULD know what the 1% sacrifice for the other 99%.
Not this book. A soldier-journalist’s account that avoids all of that BS, while honoring the service, sacrifice of and brotherly love that allows the American soldier to serve as perfectly as they always do.
One simple phrase impressed me so much. It put into words what I have always tried to do. He described a sergeant major's ability to give a major ass chewing without taking away the soldier's dignity. That's something I have always tried to do, subconsciously, but do none the less. It's amazing how well he can describe a simple but often difficult task in so few words. I don't think I have ever been impressed by a book as much as this one. Thank you Michael. Thank you so much!
to these children, who do not even really know what their goals are, and even worse who is the enemy? All in all an exceptional read from an accomplished writer
MacLeod quotes soldiers in the book in their actual words, profanity and all, adding even more contrast to the picture he expertly paints of what service in the Army was like during his time. The reader will be immersed in the confusion and chaos caused by the fog of war during MacLeod's narration of intense firefights in Afghanistan and fight off the infectious panic erupting when they read a soldier is in danger of dying from combat wounds.
The only solace the reader will retain while reading about his most harrowing experiences is that MacLeod lived through what they are reading.
Visceral, gritty and true to life, The Brave Ones will immerse you in the world of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during the some of the Global War on Terror's most turbulent years and leave you wishing MacLeod reenlisted so he could write another book.