28th out of 30 books — 8 voters
One Soldier's Story: A Memoir
by Bob Dole
Before he became one of America's most respected statesmen, Bob Dole was an average citizen serving heroically for his country. The bravery he showed after suffering near-fatal injuries in the final days of World War II is the stuff of legend. Now, for the first time in his own words, Dole tells the moving story of his harrowing experience on and off the battlefield, and h...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Another book picked up from a used bookstore - somehow it escaped me at the time of publication. Many people of my generation, baby boomers, have an image of Bob Dole formed when he was a hot-blooded anti-communist. Only later did I come to see, and respect, the consistency in his life and ideology. "Ideology" may seem like an odd word to apply to a politician who was a master of the old-fashioned art of compromise, but by it I refer to Dole's lifelong antipathy to totalitarianism of whatever fo...more
Bob Dole never set out to become a politician. Growing up in a poor but stable home in Russell, Kansas, Dole was a high school athlete in several sports who dreamed of playing basketball at the University of Kansas under legendary coach Phogg Allen. After one unfocused year at the University (he did get to play on the junior varsity squad), World War II interrupted his education. Dole showed enough promise to be recommended for Officer training, and was serving in the Army’s 10th Mountain Divisi...more
Being from Kansas, and growing up near Russell I had heard stories about Bob Dole, his being wounded, and after receiving such wonderful support from his family and community got into politics in order to give back to them, but I had no idea the true extent of his wounds, the inner strength it must have taken to recover, and the extent of the support he was given. It is also quite interesting to see how the congressmen that served in WWII would have respect for each other as they always had that...more
I found "One Soldier's Story" by Robert Dole in the new book section of The Colony Public Library. The book tells the story of former US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole, of Kansas. It shares tales of his growing up in Russell, Kansas. We learn of his running track, attending high school, working as a soda jerk, and attending Kansas University (KU). He opens the window to his experiences at KU where we see him running track, joining a fraternity, working odd jobs to help...more
Well, since the search engine at our library - where I choose audible books - is really pretty lousy, I run into some interesting, unintended, reads. I "read" this yesterday while gardening. The first half was poignant and personal and I really enjoyed learning about Bob Dole's life, war injury, and recovery. The remainder I didn't enjoy so much but now I know he thinks he's a pretty hilarious guy.
Forget the politics and the 1996 presidential run; this is Dole’s account of his return from war. A young, gravely injured soldier’s fight to regain a normal life teaches us the indomitable spirit of the greatest generation and a hometown’s willingness to aid one of their own. It does drag a bit with every medical detail, but the story is worth it finishing.
Jan 01, 2009 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Grandma
This was interesting because of course I have heard of Bob Dole but did not know much about him as a person. His background is pretty interesting in itself, but his perseverance is definitely another thing to think about. I like listening to my grandpa's navy stories but he doesn't have such complete information as this.
This is very much worth reading. What a great memoir. I really did not expect to even like it. This makes you really appreciate the hardships endured by our American Soldiers. You have to really appreciate not only what Bob Dole went through, but also the sacrifices made by all American military. Bob's attitude toward life in general is very inspiring. I highly recommend this book.
Excellent Memoir! I knew some of Mr. Dole's story but there were a lot of very interesting things about his life that had an integral part in shaping him as a Politician and especially a human being. Politics aside, I recommend this book for anyone interested in American History. Some may say he's irrelevant as a part of that history, but I feel that as a Presidential Candidate he is truly part of our Nation's journey.
I was very surprised with this book. Bob Dole is a great story teller, and he has a great way of bringing back to WWII times with interest. I did not know much about Bob Dole before I read this book. However, I found myself "googling" him after I read this. It is also interesting to see how things have changed or haven't changed in war times yesterday and today.
This was on the $3.99 table at Barnes & Noble. And I can't resist cute little old men so I picked this one up. It was interesting to read one soldier's version of the war that he lived through. I think he's a great guy. One other cool thing is we've watched "Band of Brothers" several times, and so it's cool to sort of piece together things that happen.
Born on the twenty-second day of July 1923, in Russell Kansas. US military officer during WWII, Kansas House of Representatives member, lawyer, County Attorney of Russell County, United States House of Representatives, US Senator, USA Vice President Candidate in 1976 (ran with Gerald Ford as President), competed for the USA Presidential Canidate slot on the Republican ticket in 1980 (losing out to...moreMore about Bob Dole...
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“What we dedicate today is not a memorial to war, rather it's a tribute to the physical and moral courage that makes heroes out of farm and city boys and that inspires Americans in every generation to lay down their lives for people they will never meet, for ideals that make life itself worth living.”More quotes…
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