What are the best memoirs and biographies about US soldiers?

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    #1Roughneck Nine-One

    Roughneck Nine-One
    Roughneck Nine-One is the collaborative work between Frank Antenori and Hans Halberstadt about the 26 Green Berets of team Roughneck Nine-One and their against-all-odds mission in Debecka, Iraq.

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    Harini Gupta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The author puts you into the actions of Special Forces "A-teams" in this book. Topic is a little off. the narrative was excellent and easy to follow. This is not a history book, but a narrative so reads in first person."
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    #2With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa is a non-fiction war biography book written by Eugene B. Sledge. It is first published in 1981.


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    Divya Tambe
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "With the Old Breed is a great non fiction telling of World War II. It has quite graphic details (like being surrounded by "maggot filled" dead people while being stuck in a wet foxhole) but that is what makes it interesting. It is also sad to hear what a solider went through when it is a real tale of the war and not the hollywood version."
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    #3Soldier's Heart

    Soldier's Heart

    Soldier's Heart is a coming-of-age, dramatic, action novel written by Newbery Honor winner Gary Paulsen. The book was first published in September 2000. It is about a 15-year-old boy learning the real horrors of the Civil War.


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    Keith Griffin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "An excellent book from Gary Paulsen. If you loved teenage adventure stories and period-era books, you could do worse than this!"
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    #4My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq is an autobiography by Colby Buzzell based on the blog he wrote when he was in service in the Middle East. The blog caught fame as it presented a voice different from the US government's.


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    Diana Fowler
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "looks okay but i think there are better"
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    #5By Tank Into Normandy

    By Tank Into Normandy
     By Tank Into Normandy is an autobiography book written by Stuart Hills about his experiences as a 20-year-old tank engineer in the hazardous battlefields in Normandy during World War II.

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    Arthur Peters
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great read if you're into history. Hills' experience as an engineer during World War II is documented in this book and is a greatly captivating read."
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    #6Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
    Band of Brothers tells the tale of the Easy Company, a rifle company in the US Army during World War II. From the moment their training began until Victory Day and beyond, the men of Easy Company suffered but always persevered.

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    Anna Garza
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What I like about this biography is that it's not about one person, and so we get a much fuller picture. The writer does a great job of researching the situation and gets you to care about both individuals and the group as a whole."
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    #7Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.

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    Aaron Stanley
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is one of the most important books on American history because it tells a comprehensive history of Native Americans. While its minute accuracy has been questioned, the larger picture it tells is hardly up for debate."
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    #8The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    Carol Welch
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "When I say that “some are clearly fictitious,” there’s always a doubt that it might just be a true story--because war is just that absurd. An example that springs to mind is one of the most engaging pieces in the work. It’s called “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong,” and it’s about a wholesome, young girlfriend to one of the soldiers who [improbably] comes to live in the camp. The girl acclimates to the war, and soon she is going out on patrol--not with the ordinary infantry soldiers, but during the night with the Green Berets. Perhaps the moral is that some people are made for war, and it’s never who you’d suspect. As I describe it, the premise may sound ridiculous, but the way O’Brien presents it as a story told by a Rat Kiley--a fellow infantryman known to exaggerate—it feels as though there is something very true, no matter how fictitious the story might be. Before one reads “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong” one has been primed by a chapter entitled “How to Tell a True War Story,” which tells one that truth and falsehood aren’t so clear in the bizarre world of war."
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    #9Hogs in the Shadows

    Hogs in the Shadows

    Hogs in the Shadows: Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq is an autobiography by Milo S. Afong about his experiences and the roles of Hunters of Gunman, or HoGs, in Iraq. It was published in December 2008.


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    Luis Alberto Esparza
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "good reviews, i would check it out if i was interested in that war"
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    #10Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

    Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

    Steel My Soldiers' Hearts is a comprehensive collection of real stories of the heroic actions of the U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry in the Vietnam War as compiled and presented by Col. David Hackworth himself.


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    Edward Vasquez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts is a very real and inspiring book. The collection is broad and the stories are compelling. I really enjoyed the emotion that twas present and come off the pages in the stories."
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    #11Utah Beach

    Utah Beach

    Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airbourne Operations is a book by historian Joseph Balkoski that narrates and analyses the strategy behind conquering the beach code-named Utah on June 6, 1944.


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    Larry Russell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "looks good to me"
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    #12A Higher Call

    A Higher Call
    In December 1943 an American bomber struggles to fly over the III Reich controlled by the Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, when suddenly a Messerschmitt piloted by Franz Stigler, destroy the plane and Franz can kill Charlie just pulling the trigger. What happened next was defined as "The most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II". 

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    Gerald Spencer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "My grandfather actually fought in WW II, so I was interested in this book from the start. It ended up being a very interesting look into what the war was like and the struggles that occurred during the time. It wasn't the best biography I have ever read though."
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    #13Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor is the true story of four U.S. Navy SEALs that went on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a fortified base to kill an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. Because of the great odds they faced, only Marcus Luttrell survived.


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    Heather Fox
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I don't read a lot of memoirs or biographies. However, I read this one. It was able to hold my attention. I handed it off to my husband and he loved it. He is a more discerning reader of the genre and is very picky."
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    #14One Shot One Kill

    One Shot One Kill
    One Shot One Kill is a book by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts that narrates the lives of some American snipers, from World War II to the war in the Middle East. The book is recognized as a main selection of the Military Book Club.

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    Roger Schneider
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you like sniper stories this one is great. It retells the stories of all the famous American snipers from the modern age. I learned a lot about some snipers I hadn't read much about before. There is a lot of bravery and you're left in awe wondering how they did it. The book is a pretty good read though it can get somewhat over explanatory at times."
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    Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles is a historical nonfiction book written by Anthony Swofford. Jarhead was published on November 11, 2005 by Scribner.


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    Johnny Freeman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Jarhead is stunning. It is a gripping story that has been retold on multiple mediums, and for good reason. This will have you emotionally invested in the hardships of war. Incredible story."
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    #16Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.

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    Timothy Wong
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you like historical biographies and especially, those about the WWII era, you are sure to love Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival. One of the best of it's genre I've read."
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    #17Arlington National Cemetery

    Arlington National Cemetery

    Arlington National Cemetery is a nonfiction book written by Jennifer Burrows. This was originally published in 2009. In this book, the author highlights the sacrifices of the fallen American soldiers.


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    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Arlington National Cemetery tells the true history of the most famous cemetery in all of the United States. I found the story to be interesting and I even learned a few things that I didn't know before. If you're a history buff like I am, this book makes for a fascinating read."
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    #18A Few Good Women

    A Few Good Women

    A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a non-fiction book written by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee which is about the U.S. women’s military corps. 


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    Ruth Berry
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This all about American wars that they just added women in to the story, instead of focusing on women in the military. "
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    #19Two Years on the Alabama

    Two Years on the Alabama
    Two Years on the Alabama is a memoir written by Arthur Sinclair. It was originally published in 1896. It is about the ship named Alabama, which was built for the Confederate Army.

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    Christina Richards
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this! It was very information and a great U.S. Naval history read. I definitely suggest to history buffs."
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    #20Tough As Nails

    Tough As Nails

    Tough as Nails: One Woman's Journey Through West Pointis a memoir written by Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer wherein she shares her personal experiences as a West Point admissions liaison officer. 


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    Juan Nelson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I loved the story that Gail crafted from her personal experiences while a cadet at West Point in the 1970s. I also loved the photos its one of the best books about women's achievement I have ever read it reads like Erma Bombeck. I was laughing the entire time at Gail's wit and ability to handle tough situations."
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    #21Ashley's War

    Ashley's War

    Ashley's War is a non-fiction book written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon which is about a team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan. 


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    Félix Molina
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a book that any woman or man interested in Soldier memoirs should check out. This author has told the story or the female American soldiers that served in Afghanistan, which is not a well known story at all."


Best What are the best memoirs and biographies about US soldiers
1Roughneck Nine-OneBooks 56 Paid
2With the Old BreedBooks 52 Paid
3Soldier's HeartBooks 47 Paid
4My War: Killing Time in IraqBooks 46 Paid
5By Tank Into NormandyBooks 42 Paid
6Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestBooks 40 Paid
7Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBooks 37 Paid
8The Things They CarriedBooks 36 Paid
9Hogs in the ShadowsBooks 35 Paid
10Steel My Soldiers' HeartsBooks 32 Paid

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