When he was 17 years old, Audie Murphy falsified his birth records so that he could enlist in the army and help defeat the Nazis. When he was 19, he single-handedly turned back the German army at the Battle of Colmar Pocket by climbing on top of a tank with a machine gun, a moment immortalized in the classic film To Hell and Back, starring Audie himself.
In the first biography covering his entire life - including his severe PTSD and his tragic death at age 45 - the unusual story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated hero of World War II, is brought to life for a new generation.
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The shame of this book is that Audie Murphy could offer an intense understanding of a valiant and tortured man. This isn't even on a Life magazine reporting level: this is TV Guide at its worst. The prose oohs and aahs, and the narrator sounds like a souped up TV entertainment talk show. Nope, nope, nope. Save your credit, your money, your time. I gave it two stars across the board only because when Murphy WAS quoted it did indeed sound like him. Bleah.
- Kathy Perow
Great little book, Great Big Man
An honest appraisal.
That would have to be Audie.
The book made me think about a different time when people were certainly different, notice I didnt necessarily say better, but very different.I was born in 1965 and even I feel that our country and people changed has much in that decade as in the 100 years before this time. Audie was definitely a man from the pre 1965 era, who never quite fit in after the war, and like so many warriors, was never comfortable with the fame his service earned for him. I often wonder what would happen in America if we were faced by an enemy such as Japan or Germany. I wonder how todays soldier would react to three qaurters of his or her unit being wiped out in a few minutes, or how the general public would react to the sacrifices required of it in such a conflict. And then I think the soldiers , sailors and airman would eventually adapt and overcome, and as for the public...well...still I wonder.
BEST NARRATOR EVER!!!!!!!....hour after hour of proper pronunciation and no fake drama or imitations...very encouraging!!!!!