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Semper Cool: One Marine's Fond Memories of Vietnam Hardcover – December 1, 2010
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Your stories of combat are timeless and will resonate with warriors across the generations... I am heartened for our nation that this story will remind everyone of you who answered our nation's call. --General James N. Mattis, USMC, commander in chief, U.S. Central Command
No book to date covers a Marine's journey before during and after the Vietnam conflict with so much depth, understanding and passion as Barry Fixler's Semper Cool. His book is a page turner. The pride and brotherhood of the Marine Corps is the star of this great human story. Welcome home brothers. -- --Captain Dan Lauria, USMC (Ret.), AKA Jack Arnold, The Wonder Years
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If you're interested in military history, the Vietnam Era or he Marine Corps, you definitely need to read this book. If your're just interested in getting a good read that will both entertain and make you think a bit about some of life's existential questions, you should get this book. As an added bonus, Barry is donating all of his proceeds to assist wounded veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At first glance, a person may only see three guys laughing at the camera. Looking closer, and after reading the title, you realize these guys are Marines ... and one of them is holding a human skull. I enjoyed seeing smiling faces on the cover of a book about the military. Most of the time the people pictured are so solemn (and with good reason).
What most intrigued me about this cover was the knowledge about the photo the reader gained. In the book, Barry (the author and middle guy in the cover photo ... yes, the one holding the skull) lets you know that the guy on the left died shortly after the photo was taken and the guy on the right lost both of his legs ... proving what Barry was told when he arrived in Vietnam: that he had a 1 in 3 chance of leaving Nam in tact, which meant without dying or losing any body parts. Now, look at the cover again and tell me its not poignant or awe-inspiring.
I love the way this Marine's story was told. Normally, I don't believe a book summary that declares you should "Be prepared to laugh and cry and ultimately thank God for the men and women willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms that so many Americans enjoy." But, you know what? I did just that. I laughed. I cried. And, in the end, I did thank God for the men and women who serve in our military and for allowing me to have been born in America with all of our freedoms. It was, truly, a humbling reminder that "freedom isn't free."'
Well, I cannot name them all by name because the fact of the matter is that the "characters" in this book are the U.S. Marines. I hold high regard for all branches of the military and those that serve under their banners.Read more ›
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Loved this book! A gripping reality of the war in Vietnam! Told by a true hero!Published 6 days ago by Jame Rutherford
What an easy to read, down to earth book! One of those "can't put it down" reads. Loved this book!!Published 17 days ago by Lynzi Wince