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American Warrior: The True Story of a Legendary Ranger

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The epic story of one of America's greatest soldiers, Ranger Hall of Fame member Gary O'Neal, who served his country for forty years

Chief Warrant Officer Gary O'Neal is no ordinary soldier. For nearly forty years, he has fought America's enemies, becoming one of the greatest Warriors this nation has ever known. Part Native American, O'Neal was trained in both military comb
ebook, 304 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Mar 12, 2015 R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prior to reading American Warrior, I was aware of the on-going debate about who, and what, the real Gary O'Neal is. Regardless of this intense debate, I decided to read his book with an open mind and base this review entirely on the merits of the book on its face. Sadly, the book is not nearly as interesting as the extra-curricular drama.

Without detracting from O'Neal's service to this country, the book sounds a great deal like the Hollywood hubris that all too often makes a mockery of good peop
Nov 12, 2013 Steve rated it did not like it
Gary O’Neal must’ve lived at least nine lives. Like an alley cat living in a New York subway, he should’ve been killed at least that many times. With ghostwriter David Fisher’s help, in this autobiography, O’Neal catalogues his jungle warfare in Vietnam, the bar fights, the near fatal traffic accidents, etc., that sum up his life in and out of the military.

On the jacket cover and in the forward, several fellow warriors sing O’Neal’s praises, describing him as a “super soldier.” But, I’m not so s
Douglas Lord
Mar 20, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it
Although at times it reads more like a combat novel, O’Neal’s autobiography recalls his life as the titular ‘American warrior.’ Muscular, brutish prose lends the tone of a tight-lipped ass kicker opening up over a couple of beers about what he’s done and, especially, what he’s learned. After a toughening, itinerant early life, O’Neal lied about his age and enlisted in the infantry. He fought in Vietnam, but after his fraud was discovered he was honorably discharged. He then reenlisted and worked ...more
Jim Morris
May 14, 2014 Jim Morris rated it it was amazing
O'Neal was, and is one of the legends of the US Army Rangers and Special Forces. An interesting counterpoint to this is that his Lakota heritage has given him a degree of spiritual awareness that is, should we say, more in the forefront of his consciousness than it is in most of his colleagues. You can't be in much combat and not have your spirit touched, but when you come from a totally rational European background upbringing it's kind of a surprise and tends to be suppressed. O'Neal knew what ...more
Dennis Dupuis
Nov 01, 2014 Dennis Dupuis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I entered a give away for this book and wasn't selected, so I bought it. Good move on my part. This is a heavy read for those who haven't walked the path of the warrior. It was a roller coaster of a read for me as the sacrifices and brotherhood of our elite warriors were brought to life by CWO O'Neal. Thank God there are men who answer the call and are willing to face death on behalf of those who can't, or won't. My thanks to all of them for their service. Read this book, but not just before you ...more
Wayne McGuinty
Dec 27, 2014 Wayne McGuinty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soldier and Patriot

You will not want to put this book down once you start reading. An unvarnished depiction of a heroic warrior who isn't afraid to share his opinions, flaws or weaknesses as he serves his country as one of the top one percent of the top one percent. Thanks CWO O'Neal for your service.
Lisa Christianson
Sep 08, 2013 Lisa Christianson rated it it was amazing
I have great admiration for Gary O'Neal. He is truly a legendary Ranger. His service speaks for itself. I'm honored to know him and so grateful to him for documenting his long and successful career as a United States Army Ranger.
Steve Maus

Gary O'Neal is a soldier that we don't make anymore, a product of Vietnam and an era when getting the job done was more important in the military than Political Correctness. Every soldier can learn from his experiences and the stories are well told and fascinating.
Patrick Briggs
Jan 17, 2014 Patrick Briggs rated it liked it
I actually wanted to give this two stars for the writing and story, but bumped it up one for the author being a patriot and a badass.
Esequiel Contreras Jr
Amazing insight into this American Warrior's life

I love this book and look forward to reading the life and times of other veterans of our great nation.

Zeke Contreras
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