- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 4, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7GZ9KS
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Any potential reader who carries that same desire within them... whether they heretofore didn't realize it... or perhaps couldn't define that feeling they carried within their gut and soul up to the present... well then... this is the book for you. The author's words jump out at you... and wash over you as comfortably as if you're talking with your buddies on the street corner or walking down the halls of your high school. It brings back memories when you were in high school and you weren't interested in class but blended in and got along... but you knew you really enjoyed hitting people on the football field. You may have had trouble communicating with your parents... and another added beauty of the author is he doesn't deny it... nor does he try to use revisionist history to change the way he was.
Sal so aptly describes the initial shock of the total degradation that a teenager like he and myself faced the minute we arrived in basic training. He very quickly and intelligently grasps the fact that basic training is probably the biggest melting pot there is... and all the pushups... running... etc. isn't just for physical reasons... but for mental toughness when you're in battle and complaining won't help you.
On Sal's journey to **THE-MEDAL-OF-HONOR** there are numerous mistakes and pitfalls... and to Sal's credit they're not ignored. I also love the fact that Sal uses the language that young soldiers use. The type of language that a chaplain warned me and my platoon not to use before our first trip back home... and to make sure and not say the following at XMAS dinner: "Hey Mom could you pass the ***** salt!"
This is truly a soldier's story from "one of us" out on the streets of America. It's not from a West Point or Naval Academy graduate... but an everyday young man from Iowa who after working in a Krispy Kreme and a Subway Sandwich shop... "Signed up to fight for my country; to jump out of planes, shoot guns, and kill people. I signed up for the T-shirt. That's just the truth of it. But I got much more than I bargained for, in ways both good and bad."
He got two tattoos... and one of them he's not even sure what it is... it might have something to do with the Aztecs.
"If someone asks what it means, I tell them this:"
"IT MEANS I WAS SEVENTEEN AND STUPID."
Sal... I got one when I was nineteen and stupid!
Welcome home "Brother"... you represent us well!