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The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U. S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  369 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Robin Moore became one of the first true embedded journalists by training with and fighting alongside the Green Berets in Vietnam. Though fictionalized, his work is an eye-opening exposé of the horrors of the Vietnam War and the basis for the hit John Wayne movie of the same title. Taut, fast-paced, and interspersed with unforgettable accounts of combat, Moore's novel ...more
Published June 1st 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published 1965)
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Oct 06, 2014 David rated it liked it
This is a confusing book in many ways. It's a work of fiction. However, it's based on the authors experience. He went through Jump School and training with Special Forces before going over to Vietnam. It's hard to be sure what's representative and what might be fictional. It's represented by the author is being based on events with names and places changed to protect sources. It's worth reading, if for no other reason, than it influenced many to join the Green Berets, or so the author claims. It ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it

"The men whose names are on The Wall, and thousands of others whose lives were destroyed by the Vietnam War, did not make their sacrifices so we would repeat our mistakes and fear "sending the wrong message". Their families do not want to believe their men died in vain. We must be a decisive nation when we recognize human catastrophes, whether we are dealing with African despots, Balkan dictators or Chinese human rights violators."

Excellent ending.
Sep 05, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it!!!!

Very insightful and written!! From a Vietnam Veterans Daughter!! Welcome Home to all who have served! A must read to everyone!
Timothy Boyd
Apr 05, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Very good stories of the exploits of the special forces group. Well written as not a history but the memories of the writer. Very Recommended
Scott Holstad
Jul 07, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I first read it many years ago in high school and it's stuck with me ever since, so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I bought it and reread it and I'm glad I did. The Green Berets is journalistic nonfiction being marketed as fiction to protect the identity and locations of the people and places involved. Since this book was published in 1965, the north Vietnamese could have read it and done some damage with it if it named actual people or locations. Since it was published in ...more
Jason Munson
Mar 16, 2015 Jason Munson rated it it was amazing
I will start by saying this book took me longer to read only due to events in my life, not its readability or my interest in the book. I think I remember seeing some reviews on the book critizing it for the sake that it ends up being identified as fiction, due to the nature of some of its short stories. It would make me wonder who the reader of this book is today, nearly 60 years removed from its original publishing? If you are a reader who has little understanding of history, more importantly, ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: history, war
Hmm...this is a difficult book to review. Its an important book in the story of the Vietnam War. It carried great influence at the time, causing many young men to want to become Green Berets, enhancing the aura of Green Berets, and spawning a famous song and John Wayne movie. Author Robin Moore gained great credibility because he actually completed Green Beret training as a reporter. I believe he's the only civilian ever permitted to do that. Although its technically a work of fiction, Moore ...more
L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time)
A bit eye-rolling at times, caused by Testosterone Overload. It also didn't help to have Lee Greenwood constantly humming in my ear as I read.

Based on true stories but told as fiction, the book follows a civilian reporter who collects the personal stories of, trains with, and sometimes participates on missions along side of members of the Special Forces known as the Green Berets. They go around showing how Americans are the bestest of the restest. Manly men who are taller and stronger than the
Sep 27, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice summation of an outstanding subject

I enjoyed this book. It is a good account of the stories that have been whispered but not told about the green berets.
Sep 17, 2007 bkwurm rated it it was ok
The author’s stated intention is to extol the US Special Forces and how, in Vietnam, the US Special Forces were often let down by the inflexible US military command and their corrupt and frequently venal allies.

But even in these selected accounts, there are disquieting moments, as in how the one group of US Special Forces took advantage of a girl’s grief over her slain family to manipulate her into prostituting herself to a Viet Cong commander and how, in another instance, they collaborated with
Nov 01, 2007 Joshua rated it did not like it
A substandard comic book purporting to be a behind the scenes glimpse into the special forces. Read as our Aryan-like supersoldiers bed Vietnamese tribal women and show them what a real man can do in the sack! (I swear, each of the stories, or at least most, feature an incident like that.) Only one of the stories provides any sort of psychological depth to go with the cartoonish escapades presented. It fails as journalism, hell it even fails as cheerleading, imo.

The only thing worse is the movi
Michael Duane  Robbins
The one thing you need to take away from this is that this is not what John Wayne based his movie on. The author Robin Moore had to undergo grueling training before they'd even talk to him. Prsented as a work of fiction, this is apparently what you're expected to do to win a guerilla war--ie violate the sovereign territory of another nation, assassinate the opposition and commit all kinds of atrocious acts. The thing is you come to sympathize and like our armed fellas; and if their methods are ...more
Anders Petersen
May 21, 2012 Anders Petersen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People seeking stories on the Vietnam War
Recommended to Anders by: Teacher
Shelves: war
I read this book for a school project, and I enjoyed it fairly.
I like how we are told this story, from a neutral perspective and not in the eyes of either the Americans, nor the Vietnamese.
Of course when the story is told by a reporter, it's sometimes hard to know if everything is a fact.
He does tell us in the start that some parts were left out, due to national security.
So how much is fact and how much is fiction is hard to tell.
But overall I think is a good book, I enjoyed reading it and
Kenneth Krammager
Sep 03, 2016 Kenneth Krammager rated it it was amazing
Mange gode specielle autentiske historier fra krigen i Vietnam.
Elsker den historie hvor en Vietnamnesisk general bliver bedøvet på fjendesiden, sendt op i luften med en ballon, for derefter at blive slæbt efter en lavt gående flyvemaskine over til forhøring hos Amerikanerne. Han overlever turen...
Jan 28, 2008 Melzanie rated it liked it
Shelves: war-crap
when choosing this book, i really was just attempting to bridge the gap between my father's insane militant career and my own pacifist belief. ok. i just wanted to know what the dude had to deal with. for some reason, i thought it would teach me more about the stuffed genes i am made of. and it did. i think.
Apr 27, 2016 J.A. rated it liked it
I only read this because my son is pursuing this life. Some instructive insider stories from the Viet Nam war. Writing is fair. Action sometimes convoluted and hard to follow (as I suppose is true of war). The author's access to the subject was unprecedented but it wasn't a super compelling read.
Mark Cichonski
Aug 04, 2011 Mark Cichonski rated it it was amazing
1984?-Again and again...

The classic Special Forces book. Great individual stories that bring out what it was like to be in SF during the beginning years.

Casey Hundstad
Oct 16, 2012 Casey Hundstad rated it really liked it
this is a good book it shows you what the green berets do. thay have hard training they go through and in combat. They been around sense world war 2 and ever sense. they served in vietnam and the iraqen war.
Yong Lee
Aug 27, 2016 Yong Lee rated it liked it
A friend told me to read this 30 years ago and I finally did. Special operations forces are part of our cultural wall paper now after a decade of war. What may have shocked readers fifty years ago now seem tame. Still hard men doing hard jobs in hard places remain the same.
Don't be put off by the John Wayne movie, which was loosely based on only one of the stories in this book.
Josh Schroeder
Apr 08, 2015 Josh Schroeder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. A little hard to follow at times, but that's probably more a reflection of the reader than the book.
Gil Burket
Nov 28, 2014 Gil Burket rated it really liked it
Shelves: vietnam
Hard to separate fact from fiction. However it did inspire later generations to join the Green Berets.
Mark Anderson
Sep 23, 2011 Mark Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: vietnam
A recently updated edition of the classic book about the Green Berets in Vietnam. The John Wayne movie of the same name was loosely based off this book.
Kyle J. Merriam
Jun 22, 2013 Kyle J. Merriam rated it it was amazing
A fantastic account detailing the story of the US Army's elite special forces troops in action in Southeast Asia.
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Robert Lowell "Robin" Moore, Jr. was an writer best known for his books The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit,The French Connection: A True Account of Cops Narcotics and International Conspiracy and, with Xaviera Hollander and Yvonne Dunleavy, The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.

Moore also co-wrote the lyrics with Barry Sadler for the Ballad of the Green Beret
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