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Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, United States Army, Vietnam
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Touchstone Books
Publication date May 1, 2003
Pages 444
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743246132
ISBN-10 0743246136
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.75 in.
Original list price $18.00
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Summary
The commanding officer of an infantry battalion in Vietnam in 1969 recounts how he took over a demoralized unit of ordinary draftees and turned it into an elite fighting force, and describes its accomplishments.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In January 1969, one of the most promising young lieutenant colonels the US Army had ever seen touched down in Vietnam for his second tour of duty, which would turn out to be his most daring and legendary.

David H. Hackworth had just completed the writing of a tactical handbook for the Pentagon, and now he had been ordered to put his counterguerilla-fighting theories into action. He was given the morale-drained 4/39th—a battalion of poorly led draftees suffering the Army's highest casualty rate and considered its worst fighting battalion. Hackworth's hard-nosed, inventive and inspired leadership quickly turned the 4/39th into Vietnam's valiant and ferocious Hardcore Recondos.

Drawing on interviews with soldiers from the Hardcore Battalion conducted over the past decade by his partner and coauthor, Eilhys England, Hackworth takes readers along on their sniper missions, ambush actions, helicopter strikes and inside the quagmire of command politics. With Steel My Soldiers' Hearts, Hackworth places the brotherhood of the 4/39th into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.

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Hardcover
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1 edition from Rugged Land (May 1, 2002)
9781590710029 | details & prices | 512 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $27.95
About: The commanding officer of an infantry battalion in Vietnam in 1969 recounts how he took over a demoralized unit of ordinary draftees and turned it into an elite fighting force, and describes its accomplishments.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Touchstone Books (May 1, 2003)
9780743246132 | details & prices | 444 pages | 5.25 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $18.00
About: The commanding officer of an infantry battalion in Vietnam in 1969 recounts how he took over a demoralized unit of ordinary draftees and turned it into an elite fighting force, and describes its accomplishments.

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