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Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove Kindle Edition
—Scotty E. Kirkland, The Mobile Press-Register (Alabama)
“Filled with bravery on many fronts and perseverance in life.”
—New Pittsburgh Courier
“A true profile in courage for our time.”
—Senator Ted Kennedy
—Paul J. Nyden, Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
“Deeply moving and uplifting . . . Cleland is as big a man as you’ll ever meet.”
—Jon Land, Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island)
“A powerful testament to one veteran’s struggles and successes… A classic American triumph.”
“Intensely honest and personal . . . Inspirational.”
—Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Ben Raines is an award-winning environmental journalist, filmmaker, and charter captain. He lives with his wife in Fairhope, Alabama.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B002QJZ9X6
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (27 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1158 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
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I read this book more for pleasure than for my class assignment. I couldn't put it down! Cleland is so honest with his audience and it's such a refreshing read. I loved every minute of it and I recommend it!
His sacrifice in Vietnam dismissed as if losing both legs and his right arm were not enough, by the likes of Carl Rove and Saxby Chameless (Shameless) dismissed that sacrifice and called him a coward.
I cried until I could not cry anymore. I cried for Max and this country.
It is an informative, enjoyable, and personal read.
As a friend, I would like to address some of the points mentioned by others. First, military crediblity. There are lots of people who say that one who has never served is not allowed to have an opinion on some war or another. Amazon is full of reviews written by just these people. Max would not agree, and I don't either. Perhaps it is in a part of the Constitution I missed. Be that as it may, we will use their standard and review Max's record. Max Cleland volunteered for the Army (not drafted), volunteered for service in Vietnam (against the wishes of his superiors), and volunteered for combat duty before returning home (again, against the wishes of his commanders). In a handful of days, he had earned a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and a Soldier's Medal. If you don't recognize that last one, look it up. It ranks above the Bronze Star on your ribbon bar. He lost three limbs in the defense of Khe Sahn, to a US hand grenade. There are pleny of jobs in the military where someone can serve for years without ever seeing foreign soil. Also, lots of REMFs have jobs in a war zone without real danger of seeing an enemy. Max did not want to be one of those. He showed his personal heroism and almost died.
Max Cleland was friends with people such as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton before they appeared on the national stage. Would it surprise anyone that he is a life long Democrat?
Finally, if you do not think that Max Cleland got a bad deal from the Republicans in his 2002 relection bid, perhaps you should fisrt give John McCain a call, since he campagined on Max's behalf in protest against his own party.
Max Cleland has devoted his life to public service. For over thirty years, he blamed himself for dropping that grenade, only to discover that it was not his. Several Americans are alive because he bent over. I feel honored to have Max Cleland as a friend, and I hope that you will discover why in his book.
YET Max and OUR GENERATION who served honorably in military uniform overseas during the protracted Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia wars have not always come to grips with the changes we found on our "home-coming" to the country of our birth we had left just a few years previous.
REMINDER # One = Five (5) U. S. Presidents prosecuted and conducted 'our' Vietnam, Laos nd Cambodia Wars! All of those presidents were WW-II veterans! They stll call themselves "America's Greatest Generation"!
Some things, I guess I'll just never understand fully nor completely.
In many cases, then as now = "America, we still don't know you anymore"!
Max Cleland's latest book helps fill that void many of us still feel - as health care providers to fellow veterans, confidants, case managers, counselors and even outreach workers for our homeless veteran brothers and sisters still on the streets.
REMINDER # Two = Without Max's sigificant, national leadership as VA Secretary the "store-front vet centers" would never have been realized and still operating today - even for those still returning from Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and other South Asia or Middle Eastern venues or combat zones.
Whereas the current VA Secretary has set a "five-year goal" to eradicate veteran homelessness - he would do well to read then heed the public VA papers and three (3) books of Max Cleland, his far-seeing predecessor.
MAX, may of us out here still remember and we still salute ya == anytime you "shoot basketball hoops" anywhere! ;-)