*Focuses on the details, people and incidents that communicate an
instinctive feel of command under fire.
The story of a young man's indoctrination into combat as an infantry platoon leader in the famed 173d Airborne Brigade, is told with pace and style in what has become a classic in the literature of America's war in Vietnam.
Col. James McDonough, USA (Ret.), graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader in the legendary 173d Airborne Brigade. A military theorist who has helped shape the post-Cold War army's thinking, he is also the author of The Defense of Hill 781 and The Limits of Glory. Now retired from active duty, McDonough lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida.