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Shep's Army: Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
(Book). Disclaimer: No U.S. Military Personnel were harmed during the making of these fictional reminiscences. No warrior is more forgotten than he who has been left behind by the war department. Most men who have never tasted combat beyond the occasional fistfight on poker night quickly learn to lay low and zip the lip when battlefield stories are unfurled by the Purple ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Opus Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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C. James
Feb 22, 2014 C. James rated it it was amazing
I listened to Jean Shepherd on the radio. He was on a station in Cincinnati at that time, with his free-floating monologues about whatever struck his fancy. Occasionally he's play a record -- it was generally jazz, by an unidentified band. On one night he spoke of "the people, coming out into the city, of hearing the clatter of wooden shoes on the cobblestones." Well,, that was it for Jean in Ohio. I had no taste for the pop music of the mid 50's or much of anything else that came over the ...more
Elisha Condie
Sep 17, 2015 Elisha Condie rated it it was ok
Well, this was a surprise. And not a great one. I LOVE Jean Shepherd. Love him. Everything I've read of his so far has just killed me and I adore "A Christmas Story" to a somewhat obsessive degree. So naturally the first book in years published of Shepherd's stories was a big deal, and I saved it to read for when I thought I'd like it most (as in now, as an antidote to a sad book I read recently).

But this book wasn't great. Shep's stories about his time in the army were a little too short on
Aug 11, 2016 Daniel rated it did not like it
I am a huge Jean Shepherd fan and have read all his books.This book took his radio show stories about the army, and transcribed them into this book. What a mistake. It's unfunny, poorly written, and should be avoided at all costs by Shep fans. The attempt had good intentions. but we all know what road is paved with them.
Lisa Lute
Apr 02, 2014 Lisa Lute rated it it was ok
I LOVE Jean shepherd's books!
Well, normally I love Jean Shepherd's books. This one is not one of my favorites. I guess I'd rather read Shepherd's family stories. This book felt disjointed and I didn't find it amusing at all.
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Just rambling hodgepodge of stores none of which are funny.
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Jean Shepherd's army stories 1 2 Dec 20, 2012 09:13AM  
Was an American raconteur, radio and TV personality, writer and actor who was often referred to by the nickname Shep. With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is best known to modern audiences for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semi-autobiographical stories.
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