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We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam (We Soldiers #2)

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In their stunning follow-up to the classic bestseller We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway return to Vietnam and reflect on how the war changed them, their men, their enemies, and both countries—often with surprising results.

More than fifteen years since its original publication, the number one New York Times bestseller We Were Sol

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Published July 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published 2008)
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Chris G Derrick
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, war
One of the very best books on the subject of war etc I've ever read.
Here we have the same authors who were responsible for also excellent 'We Were Soldiers Once and Young' - Harold Moore and Joe Galloway. One of them a Lt. General and the other a journalist.
The two men return to the Ia Drang battlefield in the company of the men they were fighting against on that fateful day back in 1965.
There're not too many books on this subject which cause you to swallow hard, but this one is soooo well writ
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Francis Gahren
In their stunning follow-up to the classic bestseller We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway return to Vietnam and reflect on how the war changed them, their men, their enemies, and both countries—often with surprising results.

More than fifteen years since its original publication, the number one New York Times bestseller We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young is still required reading in all branches of the military. Now Moore and Galloway revisit their relat
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Rodney Harvill
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
In this book Harold Moore and Joe Galloway discuss how the traits that served them well on the battlefields of Vietnam continue to impact their lives and the lives of those around them. While the book We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young was written from an American point of view, it occasionally mentioned the actions of the Vietnamese commanders. That perspective was obtained by means of several trips to Vietnam to meet with those commanders as part of the research effort. Furthermore, Moore a ...more
D Sibilant
repetitive, preachy. nowhere near as good as the first
Nicole
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young is one of my all-time favourite non-fiction books, and of course, it's about the Vietnam War. Anyone who knows me well can attest to the fact that my two favourite wars (not because they were good, but because they were interesting) are World War II and the Vietnam War. When I found out that Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway were coming out with another book, I literally had a freak out session. I could not wait to get my hands on it. I bought the first copy t ...more
Mike
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnam-war, unowned
This is the follow up to Moore and Galloway’s We Were Soldiers Once…and Young. The original book, for those who have not read it, documents the battles of the Ia Drang valley in 1965, in which Moore commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment. The more recent book discusses Moore and Galloway’s trips to Vietnam while researching the original book. Moore had the opportunity to meet the men who had commanded the North Vietnamese forces in the Ia Drang valley and found that they had muc ...more
Lisa
I really liked this book. I now see Hal Moore as more of a person with his own flaws and idiosyncracies, but still a great warrior and hero. When you see the movie "We Were Soldiers" (starring Mel Gibson) you find yourself frequently saying "That wasn't in the book" (We were Soldiers once...and young,) and you wonder if once again Hollywood took 'Artistic License' with a great classic book. However, all of those moments are explained in this book. This book gives a more well rounded view of Hal ...more
Shana
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book might make more sense if you’ve read the one that proceeded it. I didn’t and it was fine, but there were parts that I think were probably better explained in the first book they wrote. Much of this read like a classic example of why you should “show me, don’t tell me” and that was frustrating. Writing style and redundancy aside, I think there is a powerful message that goes along with this.

Moore and Galloway return with other Vietnam veterans to the very battlefield that app
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Diana
Avendo letto il primo (Eravamo giovani in Vietnam) le aspettative erano altissime.
Mi è sembrata molto stimolante tutta la prima parte con l'incontro, dopo decenni, tra ex combattenti americani e ufficiali dell'esercito vietnamita.
Antichi nemici che si scoprono più simili di quel che pensavano, che si affrontano con rispetto e che insieme si aiutano a quietare i tanti fantasmi emersi durante quella terribile guerra.
E' stato particolarmente interessante il rendersi conto, da parte degli American
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PennsyLady (Bev)
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnam
Lt. Gen. Harold Moore and journalist , Joseph Galloway return to Vietnam more than four decades after the 34-day Battle of the Ia Drang Valley.
Ia Drang is called "The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam."
After multiple bureaucratic roadblocks, they are permitted to enter what the Vietnamese have dubbed "the forest of screaming souls."
As a tribute to fallen comrades, we are taken on an emotional tour of Ia Drang and meet the human faces of this conflict.
We are able to perceive the devastating
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Kim
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with the first book these two co-authored and was interested in seeing what they would add. It was sort of repetitive in places, but overall an interesting tale of finally meeting up with their North Vietnamese equals and hearing some of the planning that went into this conflict from their side. Two points that stick with me, perhaps because they were stressed and repeated, were the N. Vietnamese's conviction that if we had studied what happened to the French, we never wou ...more
Dave
Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LTG Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway return to the Ia Drang Valley,(or as the Vietnamese call it "The Valley of Screaming Souls"), 30 years after the first great battle of the US Vietnamese experience left 305 Americans and approximately 2,200 North Vietnamese soldiers dead over a 72 hour period.

Moore reflects on the nature of war and what we do to ourselves through it's execution. He states "Long after the war was over, one president, Ronald Reagan, called it a "noble" effort. He was wrong.
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Gerald Kinro
Former battalion commander Moore and journalist Galloway return to Viet Nam and visit the site where they fought in America’s first major battle of the war and Dienbienphu where the French were soundly defeated . In a rare opportunity, they get to meet and interact with commanders and soldiers who fought against them and General Giap who commanded the Viet Minh against the French. Thus lessons learned. Animosity is buried, and mutual respect for each other as soldiers prevails as they speak fran ...more
Gordon
A must read for all military leaders. The sequel to Hal Moore's and Joe Galloway's "We Were Soldiers Once and Young", this book tells the story of what inspired the original book and the intense desire of the authors to return to the battlefields of LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany in Vietnam. It is the 'walk down memory lane' of some extraordinary warriors in their search for closure, which was arduous to achieve due to Vietnamese reticence and distrust, but revealing in the nightmares it required them t ...more
Tom
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this read because I was alive during this time and remember so well the nightly news reports about the battles and the casualties and the protests. I was involved in several rallies and candlelight vigils. Like most young men my age, I was deeply torn by the Vietnam War and what/whom to believe.
In this well-written sequel to their earlier book, the authors recount their meeting their Viet Cong counterparts many years after the war. As they tour the battlefields where once
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Bernie Gourley
This book is a mix of the story of American and Vietnamese military men coming together a couple decades after the war and a treatise on leadership and war --plus some filler material. Both parts are interesting, but there is a bit of a disjoint because of not having enough material solely in of the dimensions to create a book.

The interesting part of the book is the discussion of the meetings with Vietnamese officers. It is not interesting in comparison to the initial book, which told the story
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Jackson
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, historical
A great follow up to their book We Were Soldiers Once... and Young, LTG Hal Moore and war correspondant Joe Galloway return to the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam with several of their fellow soldiers and a few of their former advisaries to look for closure and healing from their combat experiences, often finding both in peculiar ways. The first 1/2s of the book tells this poignant story, while the next 1/4 explains LTG Moore's command philosophy - applicable to both the military and private sector m ...more
Anna
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half a retelling of the story from "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young" and half filling in the gaps (the story before and after), I found Soldiers Still an easy and interesting read. Having met General Moore, I have a huge military crush on the man -- he is a legend.

Moore is predominantly the voice within this text and in parts, he provides a considerable amount of political commentary. There is also an interesting chapter on leadership which is applicable outside of the military as well.

Very en
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Ben
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great companion to Moore and Galloway's "We Were Soldiers Once... and Young". In this book Moore, Galloway, and members of the First Air Cavalry journey back to Vietnam to revisit their old battlefields. Making the trip even more special they are joined by thier Vietnamese advesaries who they fought against forty years before and the former enemies begin to form strong bonds of lasting friendship.
Tony Taylor
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any vet or anyone who likes military history
Recommended to Tony by: Fred Buhler
A Very good read, especially for those who are Vietnam vets or who read their first book:"We Were Soldiers Once... and Young."

As an aside comment, I was fascinated that General Vo Nguyen Giap who ran the Vietnam War from Hanoi, and who had defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, is still alive at the age of 99 ( as of September 2010.) See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vo_...
Nathan Shepherd
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recounts stories about soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War while documenting the authors' experiences interacting with the modern (i.e., 1990s and 2000s) Vietnamese Government. Unique insights into what it means to be a soldier - then and now. Describes personalities on both the US and Vietnamese sides, as well as a little history leading up to the Vietnamese conflict. Remarkable and recommended!
Tom
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading about the return of members of the 1st Calvary to Viet Nam, I can't help but think of the decisions we all make in life. If I hadn't joned the Navy when I did, in time to see Viet Nam from afar and instead enlisted or was drafted into another branch, I wonder if I would be here today reading about those who were "in country."

The 2nd Battalion of the 1st US Calvary suffered 93% combat loss at LZ-Albany; the French lost over 3000 at Diem Ben Phu. Would I have come back?
Alisa
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this because i loved the first book 'We Were Soldiers Once and Young'. I was not disappointed. They go back to the valley where so much happened and had to relive and deal with demons that plague so many. I recommended the first to my father whom was in Vietnam as well as this book. He enjoyed them both. I will admit>> I c ried during the first book, the second book, and the movie. Great Read
Chris
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely amazing memoir. LT Gen. Moore's second book is about coming to grips with the Vietnam War and how old enemies sent to fight, and perhaps die, for their countries can become friends. This book has invaluable insights on the nature of war, memory and forgiveness. His leadership lessons are also quite valuable I think, as is his opinion about the W Bush/Rumsfeld doctrine of presumptive war.
Tim Gillen
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book. The writing was a little repetitive, but when taken in light of who wrote and narrated it (4-star general responsible for key battles in the US conflict in Vietnam), I had a strong appreciation for it. I read the audiobook version. The book was moving, and appeared to make an honest attempt to present the views of both sides fairly. Key take away was the continued realization of the work and sacrifice that our troops have borne.
Allan
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A war story for people who, like General Moore, don't like war. These are the honest words of a very wise man, and along with the original book by Moore and Galloway, possibly the best thing to come out of the battle at Ia Drang.

The audiobook is mislabeled--crediting the narration to Joseph Galloway when the entirety is in fact read by General Moore. There are times when his voice quavers in recounting certain incidents, which brought tears to my own eyes.
Kent Hinckley
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading how two men, a general and journalist, returned to Ia Drang Valley where they experienced a bloody battle with the North Vietnamese Amy. They returned and conversed with the commanders of their enemy and made peace, established friendships, and honored the dead on both sides. Their story is inspirational and their message for our leaders today to use military force as the last resort. Well done.
Peter Swanson
This is a worthy followup to We Were Soldiers Once... It includes moving sections on the Ia Drang veterans becoming friends with their former enemies, and discussion of the insanity of war. There is also a chapter on leadership which should be mandatory reading for anyone who intends to supervise people. If General Moore were 20 years younger I'd write in his name for President this November.
Shira
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiber
Get out your hankies. This is a fascinating sequel to "We Were Soldiers Once..." by the same authors. It is also, interestingly enough another book (much like Weintraub's, stick with me) that contains a lot of thoughtful and useful career advice. There's the obvious story of their return to Vietnam, the story between soldiers of different nations, and the love that exists between soldiers and their families. So many wonderful things, all in one book. Enjoy!
Jay
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read that combines the thoughts of the American commanding officer with this interviews with the opposing North Vietnamese commanders at the first major battle of the American Vietname War. I felt the most notable sections of the book were Lt. Col Harold Moore's thoughts on leadership and on war, particularly his thoughts on the Iraq War and the failure civilian leaders to appreciate the costs of warfare.
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Lieutenant General Harold Gregory Moore Jr. is a retired officer of the U.S. Army, and the co-author (with Joe Galloway) of two successful books ('We Were Soldiers Once... And Young' & 'We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back To The Battlefields Of Vietnam') about the 1965 battle of the Ia Drang valley in Viet Nam, during most of which Moore (then a Lt. Colonel) was the primary U.S. officer comm ...more
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