The Best of Taste The Finest Food of Fifteen Nations
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Title: The Best of Taste The Finest Food of Fifteen...
Publisher: United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD
Publication Date: 1957
Illustrator: Illustrated by Cody, Tessa
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Edition
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Becoming a man is difficult . . . even in the best of circumstances, but when it must be done in 1968 and with the Year of the Monkey set to explode onto the cities and battlefields of a war-torn nation, it is only the very best who make the grade.
A Common Virtue has the immediacy and punch of today's fears as it draws on yesterday's headlines. When the armies of Ho Chi Mihn push across the demilitarized zone on a scale never thought possible and simultaneously strike at hundreds of targets, American Marines are at the forefront - dependent on information from a special reconnaissance force that is the only thing that can stop Hanoi from using a New Year's opportunity to seize the country.
This is the story of Paul Jackson, Sole survivor of a hillside massacre, Marine Corps sniper and reconnaissance innovator, and his epic march through the annals of the horrific bureaucracy that is the United States military in 1968. An eighteen-year-old Marine learns, at an early age, what he must do to survive; what he must do to excel; and what must be done to fit into the most exclusive fraternity in the world.
A Common Virtue is about the other half of heroism, the part that pits a warrior against an American public that despises his uniform, against internal factions that brand him a "coward," and against a beautiful woman who wants nothing more than for him to stay home and love her. It is about growing into manhood in a toxic America and a world gone mad. Tough choices, painful experiences, and an instinct for survival work to create a leader of legend.
Exciting, historical, and far reaching, A Common Virtue is an ambitious and explosive creation; one that could only have been written by one who was there.
James Hawkins spent more than eleven years as a United States Marine, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Since returning to civilian life, he has become an international educator, author, and business executive whose career has spanned more than three decades and has brought cutting-edge training technology to more than 100 international countries. His professional career highlights include: U. S. Marine Corps Officer; Financial Executive, and, today, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Autumn Group, LLC, a humanitarian and ecologically-sensitive land development company.
James grew up in Whitehall, Michigan at a time when military service was considered a responsibility and love of country a heartfelt belief. He joined the Marine Corps at age seventeen and served through the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s when being a member of the military was considered beneath contempt by much of the American public.
The Marine Corps became a foundation of life for James; it gave him his internal discipline, his flexibility, and it provided him with the ability to accomplish. During the years he served, he strongly believes he served with the finest men, the highest quality leaders, and the greatest military organization in the world. Esprit de Corps has formed his internal belief that anything can be accomplished; anything can be achieved, and anything can be realized if the individual is willing to work hard and view life in a positive manner.
James wrote A Common Virtue to tell the story of the spirit, the brotherhood, and the special qualities it takes to be a Marine. It is the story of every man who has won the Eagle Globe, and Anchor, and worn it proudly.
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