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on January 18, 2007
I have read "Stolen Valor" and loved it. I am a Vietnam veteran and I was so tired of all the 'wannabee's' that now say they were over there, but never were, I had to find out if some of them really were. Although "Stolen Valor" was informative, this book "Fake Warriors" helped me out the first few hours I read it. It exposed a fake who claimed to be a Navy Seal and was not. I went right to a website that led me to a man who had a list of every single Navy Seal that ever existed. I called him up and we spoke for 1/2 hour. My guy was nowhere to be found. This book is much more informative on exactly HOW to determine a fake and easily prove it. Very informative reading and I highly recommend it even to a casually interested student of the art of military fakery.
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on March 25, 2007
As an Army veteran, I run into a lot of "fake warriors," usually panhandlers here in San Antonio, under highway bridges, holding those ubiquitous "Homeless Vietnam Vet" or "Desert Storm Vet Looking for Work" signs.

It takes about 30 seconds of questioning them to find out that every one of them (except one truly untunate guy) is a phoney. How they get away with it was a mystery to me, because it ain't for nothin' that San Antonio is "Military City U.S.A.": There are three Air Force bases, an Army post and two training grounds, a MEPS, and numerous Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy Reserve Centers and National Guard armories, and even a Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla here!

But, not everybody has served in the military, so to the average civilian it's hard to detect who's the real McCoy and who's just another Eddie Bracken. And, most "fake warriors" are angling for much more than pocket change: The seemingly endless parade of spurious Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, Navy Cross, and Purple Heart recipients, Army Rangers, Green Berets (Special Forces), Navy Seals, Seabees, CIA black ops, and gung-ho Marines better beware if more people get this book and get wise to their scams! There are millions of dollars of VA benefits, and well as social esteem, and unearned gratitude these guys (and a few gals) have wrongfully pried out of an unwitting public. But far worse, are the hearts that have been broken, of lovers, spouses and families whose emotions have been manipulated by these charlatans.

Here's the dilemma, though: This book documents, step-by-step, contact-by-contact, and website-by-website, how to detect, expose and bring these clowns to justice. Yet, anyone who wants to perpetrate the fraud of imaginary heroism, reading this book, would be able to come up with an almost airtight military hero's record just by "reverse engineering" their "accomplishments" to elude the traps laid out by this book.

But (to solve our paradox), here's the proof in the pudding: This book is so thorough that, put head to head, the phony hero would STILL be unable to pull the wool over the eyes of anyone who's carefully read and applied the lessons of this thoroughly researched and written book.

Hank and Erika Holzer have penned the coin of the realm for spotting the counterfeit Audie Murphys at large. "Fake Warriors" is worth its weight in Silver Stars as a tool for exposing and shaming more dishonest people than you'd have ever imagined are desecrating the memories of America's real war heroes.
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on September 7, 2015
great read, they even have a list of pow.S and medal of honor recipients from the Vietnam war to catch fakers
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on September 14, 2015
Excellent book. Great reading. Great shipping.
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on November 18, 2010
This book is of little use. It is also very hard to read, especially with the enormously large note section, and the fact you must consult the notes to understand the point being made. The authors continued reference to the book "Stolen Valor" is an issue. If you have not read the book and/or have the book in your personal library you will be at a loss, also. I have read "Stolen Valor" and have the book and it is an excellent read and reference book. Sorry I can't say the same for "Fake Warrior". It is a waste of time and money!!
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