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My Men are My Heroes: The Brad Kasal Story (Leatherneck Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, November 15, 2012
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From the Back Cover
My Men Are My Heroes has been selected as required reading by the Marine Commandant's Reading List and as a "Marine Corps Legend" book by the Marine Corps League.
About the Author
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612511368
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612511368
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Naval Institute Press; Illustrated edition (November 15, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #212,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kasal’s story is one that reminds us of those things that are truly important in life. This book does not focus as much on the actions in which Kasal took part, but more on the life beyond those actions -- both before and after. Sitting comfortably on our couches at home, it is easy to forget that the time a Marine spends at war is quite limited compared to the number of years in which he lives outside of the war. Yet that time becomes a defining moment for these men that inevitably affects every aspect of their life and the lives of those who interact with them. And that is where this book succeeds.
This book does a good job of helping the reader better understand the Marine as a whole. This book takes you from the young man who dreams of becoming a Marine to the battle tested warrior and beyond. It gives a fuller picture of the Marine and his mindset. And that mindset isn’t an egocentric “it’s all about me” mindset. Again, reference the title of the book.
Take the time to read this book and consider what Kasal’s story is really about. This isn’t a war story so much as it is a life story. Of course when you’re a battle tested warrior, I suppose it is safe to say that your life story is indeed a story of war and its far reaching affects on your life. That my not be a war story in the classic sense, but it is still a story of war nevertheless.
I found some of the descriptions of the battle particularly interesting, like Psyops blasting AC/DC. The recovery aspect was touching and though I felt the author held back, there was still truth in his words. I give this book three three stars because it was an enlightening story about a battle we dont hear much about, and a glimpse into the life of one of the toughest men in America, but I felt that much of what could have been said was left out.