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Raider: The True Story of the Legendary Soldier Who Performed More POW Raids than Any Other American in History Paperback – November 28, 2006
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About the Author
Charles W. Sasser is a decorated Vietnam veteran and Green Beret, as well as one of today's most respected military and true crime writers. He has authored more than a dozen books, including Taking Fire and One Shot, One Kill.
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Sasser does the reader a great service with this biography of Kittleson's military career. It is not strictly a historical document of tactical analysis and after action reports (though there is certainly no dearth of operational detail,) but is a more personal account of the experiences of small force operations in World War Two in the Pacific and in Vietnam. It is compelling nonfiction that's much better written than most good military novels and has no major detractions, though some may find some of the transitions a bit abrupt (the end of the WW2 section comes to mind,) but it mirrors the major action in Kittleson's life and worked well overall. The book has several large thematic arcs (largely revolving around WW2, Cabanatuan, Vietnam, and Son Tay) and several smaller but significant areas of focus. One of the areas I found most compelling was the attempted rescue of POW Nick Rowe in Vietnam; although the mission didn't go as planned, what is truly amazing is the story of Rowe's eventual escape (which deserves a book of its own.)
"Raider" is a personal history of an ethical warrior, and is well worth reading even if you aren't normally a student of military history. After reading it I was awed and grateful for Kittleson's service and accomplishments and impressed with Sasser's ability to relate a soldier's life in such a captivating manner.