Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

  • by Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by Don Leslie
  • 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this extraordinary audiobook, Robert D. Kaplan lets listeners experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground. Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts provides not only a riveting ground-level portrait of the Global War on Terrorism on several continents, but also a gritty firsthand account of how U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are protecting sea-lanes, providing disaster relief, contending with the military rise of China, fighting the war in Iraq, and crafting contingency plans for war with North Korea and Iran.Expanding on Kaplan's acclaimed Imperial Grunts, Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts shifts focus to the Pacific and completes his analysis of Army Special Forces and the Marines, while also taking listeners into the heart of the myriad tribal cultures of the Air Force, surface and subsurface navies, and the regular Army's Stryker brigades. Kaplan goes deep into their highly technical and exotic worlds, and he tells this story through the words and perspectives of the enlisted personnel and junior officers themselves.
This provocative and illuminating audiobook not only conveys the vast scope of America's military commitments, but also shows us astonishing and vital operations right as they unfold - from the point of view of the troops themselves.


What the Critics Say

"Kaplan combines the travel writer's keen eye for detail and the foreign correspondent's analytical skill to produce an account of America's military worthy of its subject." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Little dry

A lot of good information on the military and where military is going but it's a little drawn out in the explanations.
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Great Detail, Brings Life and Understanding to Air

I loved the attention to detail in this book -- how the author talks about his wife, family and the difficult of serving one's country on deployed. I loved the intricate details about the boring, often repetitive nature of the job and the sheer chaos of intense moments.
I think I was just a little too close to the story having lived a lot of this life myself that the story didn't hold me through. I just lost interest. I hope that's not the case for other readers who may never have experienced the military or a deployment. This is a real life, accurate account of the lives of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things.
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- Charlotte A. Hu

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape