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The Nightingale's Song Paperback – September 11, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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During Iran-Contra, I was never a fan of either MacFarlane or Poindexter. North was something else, though, especially intriguing in his defiant testimony before Congress. But I came away from this book with a much different feeling towards these three men. My impression of Poindexter changed very favorably, not because of his actions but because of his sense of responsibility. I found myself to be very sympathetic towards MacFarlane ...a reasonably good man in a situation out of control. North, to me, became the villain...an extremely loose cannon with no controls from above.
My admiration of McCain and Webb continues to grow. McCain's experiences, especially aboard USS Forrestal and then as a prisoner of war, are riveting. The parallel heroics of McCain's wife during the war is just as inspirational. But I found James Webb to be the most interesting character. Here is a very young man distinguishing himself as a outstanding combat leader, but powerless to prevent the slaughter of his men. Returning to law school, he faces an almost hostile enviornment, ridiculing his service and the sacrifice of his comrades. In the midst of this, Webb embarks on a process of establishing himself as a significant author, and also becomes a significant but controversial figure within the Navy.
This is a book dealing with service, courage, honor and commitment, of paths which diverged and paths which converged. Above all, it is a book dealing with obediance to orders, and the consequences this obediance can produce.
Read this book.
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All five principals were and still are American heroes.
This great country could use more men like these running the show
Not really sure, it's been a few years since I read it but I do recall it had an impact when I did read it.Published 3 months ago by Jim Zim
Powerhouse of a book, truly a must read for those who enjoy this type of books. Very well written, and something to behold in some instances, plus one learns about people in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
Quite informative. It was recommended to me. I passed that recommendation onward.Published 11 months ago by Thomas U. Kelley
This is a great read and sheds light on the psyches of some very prominent American political and now historical figures.Published 12 months ago by C. Anderson