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Once An Eagle By Anton Myrer Once An Eagle Once An Eagle is the story of one special man a soldier named Sam Damon and his adversary over a lifetime fellow officer Courtney Massengale Damon is a professional who puts duty honor and the me

  • Title: Once An Eagle
  • Author: Anton Myrer
  • ISBN: 9780060084356
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once An Eagle By Anton Myrer Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington s corridors of power.BeginningOnce An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington s corridors of power.Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War 11, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War Vietnam.A study in character and values, courage, nobility, honesty, and selflessness, here is an unforgettable story about a man who embdies the best in our nation and in us all.
    Once An Eagle By Anton Myrer

    Once an Eagle TV Mini Series Dec , With Cliff Potts, Darleen Carr, Amy Irving, Glenn Ford The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and Once An Eagle Myrer, Anton Books I fully understand why Once An Eagle has become a classic novel of war and warriors Sam Damon doesn t preach, he lives his values and they are universal not only military General H Norman Once an Eagle Once an Eagle Cliff Potts, Darleen Carr, Amy Once An Eagle is the epic story of America in the th Century, told through the lives of two career soldiers, spanning the tumultuous years from WWI to the Vietnam Era Based on the best selling Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor,

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    1. Matt on said:

      This is a novel as big as a life Usually, when I go to airports, I am well prepared I have my main book my backup book my backup to the backup and my ultimate backup, if I meet with a series of delays or the other backups are terrible or I somehow find time to read all the others On my way back from Florida, though, I suddenly found myself in Tampa s airport with nothing to read, so I purchased this 1,200 page doorstop with the knowledge that it d last Once An Eagle traces the arc of a soldier s [...]

    2. happy on said:

      I ve read this several times, including as a young officer It was the only novel on the Professional Military Education PME reading list for the 101st ABN Div when I was assigned to it in early 80s It is simply the best look at military leadership I have ever read While the differences between the two main characters is so sharply drawn as to be slightly unrealistic, it is still an excellent look at what it is to be a leader rather than just a manager.I think we all have a little of both charact [...]

    3. Szplug on said:

      Myrer s mammoth novel is an engaging, disciplined, and, ultimately, powerful examination of American military life its hardships and demands, its rewards and sacrifices, its meaning and tragedies, its uses and abuses as filtered through the evolving life story of Sam Damon raw and na ve recruit in the First World War, seasoned veteran in the Second, despairing old schooler in the looming presence of the Vietnam folly Damon meets his diametric archetype in Courtney Massengale, his coeval and life [...]

    4. S.A. Bolich on said:

      This is perhaps my all time favorite book Like many a young second lieutenant, I often stopped for a what would Sam do moment when faced with tough situations This is the quintessential novel about leadership and honor and the American soldier Sad Sam Damon, who shuns the advice of everyone as a young man to pursue a military career, doggedly sticks out the drudgery of being an enlisted man pre World War I, believing fully in destiny and that he will find his in the army And does he ever, along [...]

    5. Marcia Van Camp on said:

      My old boss Jim Rutherford said this was one of his favorite books and since he had great taste in literature I was curious My dad had an original copy and said he loved the book as well and that it had been required reading as part of his military workWar College perhaps Welle copy my dad had was big and heavyabout 800 pages and for any DC metro goeryou know that it is real real hard to carry a book like that I tried to find it on kindle but no luck and then I tried to convince myself I would j [...]

    6. Doubledf99.99 on said:

      A very good read on military leadership, soldiering, military family life, friendships, and above all how to lead, the book follows the career of Sam Damon from WWI to Viet Nam The chapter on the New Guinea Campaign is harrowing, humorous at times, and some parts made me misty eyed, Myrer s writing is so descriptive, I was looking for a poncho Myrer s hammers home two distinct leadership styles Damon who started off as an enlisted man EM , cares for the troops, is empathic, trains his units hard [...]

    7. Pete Combe on said:

      I rated this book so low because of the expectations I had going in So many military folks talk about what a great primer this book is on leadership, and I simply didn t find that to be the case Overall, I am indifferent to this book for a couple of reasons 1 The two contrasting main characters are overblown exaggerations of real human characteristics Sam Damon is unfailingly brave, concerned only about others, and though he has moments of tactical doubt he never doubts his convictions even when [...]

    8. Steve on said:

      Someone mentioned this book today, and it sent a shiver up my spine I can t remember when I read it could it really have been than 40 years ago What I do I know is that I read it before the Army put me through college, before I ever jumped out of an airplane, and before any of my military service active or reserve.How memorable, inspirational, and formative was the book After this many years, I can t say with any exactitude But, to my young, impressionable mind, I fear that this book taught me [...]

    9. Mike Kershaw on said:

      One of the five books that I thought every officer should read This ia a classic that became popular in the late 80s and early 90s This epic novel is follows the lives of two army officers from WWI to the Vietnam era It was made into a mini series in the 70 s and has been reprinted by the Army War College Myrer has taken some of the most outstanding combat leadership of WWII Darby, York, Truscott, Eichelberger, etc and crafted it into a historical novel of epic proportions, centering on his idea [...]

    10. Barnabas Piper on said:

      Wow what a work One of the most enlightening, honest, complex looks into soldiering I ve ever read No wonder General McCrystal gave it such high praise It is as dense as it is long, but it doesn t bog down Over and over it reveals layers to the lives and struggles and mindsets of the American military family And it is literary craftsmanship at its finest too Magnificent book.

    11. Mike on said:

      Two ways to lead, you figure which one you are Classic tale of military life rings true to a military man Also a great story.

    12. JDK1962 on said:

      IMHO, few books deserve five stars I d give this book six stars if I could Go out to , and look at the distribution of reviews Virtually EVERYONE who reads this massive book rates it five stars You should read it Period I love this book I read it for the first time probably 10 20 years ago, and find that I can easily open it at any point and get engrossed again in Sam Damon s journey It s just this incredibly broad and rich tapestry.What I think I love most about this book is Sam s approach to l [...]

    13. Kosie on said:

      This book has been sitting on my shelf for 5 years at home and I am very angry at myself for only reading it now This is a truly amazing book and has so many life lessons in there I was not in the military, but you can take so many lessons from this book into the business and the sporting world and shows what it takes to be a really great leader The character of the protagonist, Sam Damon, is also the best character I have ever had in a book He is a great leader and a real hero, but he also has [...]

    14. Rachel on said:

      I give this book 5 stars because it is extremely well written and engaging However, I hated almost every minute of it I read it in the first years of my husband s Army career and found it extremely depressing The hero of the story is never fully appreciated by his military leadership, constantly being overlooked and overshadowed by a charismatic officer, who probably could have coined the acronym CYA I see that many reviewers admired the character of Sam and wanted to be an Officer like him I w [...]

    15. K.M. Weiland on said:

      This is a spectacular book I purchased it because I was interested in the overview of the timeline of 20th century wars, connected by the story of a career soldier Due to its size and subject matter, I was than halfway expecting something dry and tedious, with cardboard characters to illustrate the history I couldn t have been wrong This is a stellar and tragic epic, peopled with passionately real characters, ultimately singing a profound song of peace.

    16. Morgan Oats on said:

      Man, if there ever was a book that made me reconsider my decisions and reflect on life, morals, and the important things in life it is Once An Eagle Sam Damon is easily my favorite fictional character, and Once An Eagle has propelled its way towards the top of my all time favorite books.This book has taken me through a roller coaster of thoughts and reflections I admire Sam so much, as anyone should, and wish his life had been easier Sam is a man of legend from the beginning of the book He alrea [...]

    17. Doug on said:

      I bought this book because I discovered it was on the required reading list at the US Military Academy at Westpoint This intrigued me because the book is a work of fiction and I couldn t fathom why a work of fiction would be a required read at Westpoint I know many grads of Westpoint and know a former instructor and a current instructor and two of my Eagle Scouts are cadets at Westpoint so I also read it for that reason.What I discovered was probably one of the most succinct theses on leadership [...]

    18. G on said:

      My favorite novel It is thick but every bit as timeless and brilliant as a couple of other sweeping epics, the Illiad and the Odyssey.A quick look and it is obvious it is about war and soldiering, however, it is so well crafted that it would leave any reader uplifted and touched Yes, war is ugly, yet the virtues that the hero, Sam Damon, possesses are what we should hope that all of our soldiers ascribe to model their own values upon Although the story is a work of fiction, throughout the book y [...]

    19. Ben Lowsen on said:

      Myrer in some ways wrote the ur military adventure book, as its ubiquity on military reading lists suggests It is the story of a youthful US volunteer Sam Damon who earns the Medal of Honor and an officership in WWI, stays on with the US Army in the interwar period, fights skilfully and bravely in WWII, and ascends to high command Myrer emphasizes traditional military virtues in describing Damon s wars, but devotes at least as much space to describing life in a peacetime military Myrer seems dee [...]

    20. Lee on said:

      If you want to know who I wanted to be when I was 18, read this I hadn t read it then, but the hero of this book is pretty much the upright, shining knight in khaki that I wanted to be.I didn t read it until much later 1993 , but Sam Damon is the Army officer I dreamed of becoming decisive, clear sighted, morally upright, compassionate about his soldiers, and even well read He is clearly contrasted with Courtney Massengale, the shiny careerist staff officer that is so easy to despise and that I [...]

    21. Abby Jones on said:

      I ve had a hard time trying to figure out what to say about this book It is like the pinnacle of all slice of life stories as it follows Sam Damon from boyhood through WWI, WW2, and Vietnam When you finish reading it there is a hollow in your heart from living a whole other life for a time The writing style of this book is superb I could recommend it on that alone His battle scenes are beautiful in their terror, horror, and glory His descriptions, both short and long, paint the picture of events [...]

    22. Roger on said:

      I suppose this review will be at the end of a long line of reviews but I d be remis not to discuss it This book is one of the reasons I went into the US Army Its one of the reasons I became an officer after 7 years as an enlisted man It clearly laid out what the standard was and is for those who wish to lead soldiers, both in professional and personal conduct Also for those shit happens moments where all you can do is drive on and hope it works As a company commander this was mandatory reading f [...]

    23. Charles on said:

      Not sure about the category for this one either Maybe Historical fiction since it s about the World War To tell you the truth, I read it long ago and don t remember a lot about it It s very long and that s generally not a good thing in my mind But I ve hung on to it and as I remember I enjoyed it fairly well.

    24. Kevin Keating on said:

      I loved this book when I read it in my early teens Read it again later One of my favorite books ever Great historical fiction.

    25. David Anderson on said:

      I first read this book when I was in high school, then read it again several years later, and a for a third time about ten years ago I thought it was a great book when I was 16 17, pretty good when I was 25, and marginal when I was in my 40s It s not bad when you re idealistic than experienced, but it is hardly the great novel of American soldiering Anton Myrer gave his characters some personal flaws but made them black white or good evil on the battlefield In my 32 years of soldiering, I found [...]

    26. Mcf1nder_sk on said:

      Once An Eagle is the story of a soldier, from his time in service during WWI through his death during the opening days of Vietnam Anton Myrer s writing and research were so good, I thought this was a biography until I read the ending About the Author notes I would like to find this un condensed book for my collection.

    27. Dena on said:

      I am about halfway through and I am really enjoying it I can t tell the bent of the author although I did read the review that it was a great anti war book But not like you d think There are a thousand things that make war horrible and military life unpleasant things that seem ridiculously unfair to a civilian But the thinking of Sam Damon is fascinating and admirable and I wonder how many soldiers today think that wayFinally done It was a puzzling view I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so muc [...]

    28. Garrett Rebstock on said:

      Hands down, my favorite books I have ever read There was no finer example of how I ve heard it put The unoffical Field Manual on Leadership and Army Values It was a nine hundred page epic that took me a few months to get through, but the slow pace was nice I bookmarked many passages and quotes that I found deeply inspiring from a soldier and leader s standpoint I damn near flooded my twitter and facebook feed with quotes from this book It is on the officer s reading list for a reason Damon s dee [...]

    29. Frank on said:

      My favorite book of all time, this is the story of the American dream from the perspective of a military officer in the first half of the twentieth century It captures the naivete,the skill, the courage, and the dogged determination of Americans as they emerged from one period of Manifest Destiny into another This is the main track of the book it has many side tracks and crossings The most important of these is the humility of the hero, a humility that is now largely lost among Americans.The boo [...]

    30. Kate Quinn on said:

      Anything you want to know about war and leadership, here it is Sam Damon is an idealistic boy who joins the army in 1916, wins the Medal of Honor and an officer s commission in France during World War I, stays in the army through World War II as a general, and ends finally as an observer and an old man in Vietnam Sam is a terrific character brave, strong, and true without being a cardboard white hat hero Contrasted against him is his lifelong enemy Massengale, a smooth operator who loathes Sam a [...]

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