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John P. Murtha, John Plashal. In 1974, John P. "Jack" Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth district.

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In 1974, John P. "Jack" Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran . This uniquely powerful book offers the reader an opportunity for a ne. . foreign policy in the last quarter-century. This uniquely powerful book offers the reader an opportunity for a new voyage of discovery.

From Vietnam to 9/11. On the Front Lines of National Security with a New Epilogue on the Iraq War. by John P. Murtha

From Vietnam to 9/11. Murtha. Published August 2004 by Pennsylvania State University Press.

USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy and is named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania. John P. Murtha is homeported at Naval Base San Diego. On 9 April 2010, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the Navy's 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock would be named John P. Murtha (LPD-26).

In 1974, John P. "Jack" Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth district. From Vietnam to 9/11 combines personal memoir with thoughtful analysis to provide a behind-the-scenes account of the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy in the last quarter-century. At the same time, it tells the story of a man committed to service and community.

Agamaginn
Rep. John Murtha's autobiography presents stories of his life intertwined with lessons he has learned that should be noted by others. His career in Congress, and before that in the military, allow him to provide much useful guidance.
Among the most valuable lessons this book stresses is the important of obtaining, analyzing, and understanding intelligence. Too many decisions, in defense and politics, result from not comprehending the situation at hand and making poor decisions based on faulty data. He argues, and shows with numerous examples, how faulty intelligence, or ignoring critical facts, often is the difference between success and failure.
The book takes us through his personal experiences as an intelligence officer in Viet Nam and discovering the reason why enemy bases could not be located was because enemy soldiers used underground tunnels; how poor military planning in Viet Nam signficantly reduced the effectiveness of our soldiers; how he warned our troops in Lebanon were vulnerable to terrorist attack; of how he helped monitor elections in the Philippines and in Panama; among other important events. His book deals with the attempts of Ferdinand Marcos and of Manuel Noriega to deny the forces of democracy. Fortunately, their efforts to extend power illegitimately were halted.
This book discusses various foreign policies and military affairs matters that have become the specialization that John Murtha has developed in Congress. His personal insights are enlightening. This book makes a valuable resource to those wishing to learn more about public policies.
Jark
...they get five deferments when their Country asks them to serve. Like Dick Cheney.

I only read this rather average autobiography after I read a snarky letter from the father of an Iraq Marine in which he called Murtha a coward, and claimed that he was not a Marine, that he was 'nothing' - because of Murtha's call for a specific withdrawal calendar for Iraq.

I don't care if people criticize his wording or even his intelligence, but to call a man a coward because you disagree with his stance is beyond pathetic.

We know that the VC/NVA leaders were encouraged by the actions of the Peace Movement back in Nam days, and I understand people bristling over the modern equivalent regarding Iraq, but to ignore the fact that this Administration has been sending under-protected, inadequately trained and supported units out to Iraq while simultaneously cutting key military funding and reducing Veterans' benefits is a scandal in itself.

Bush and Cheney rely on Knee Jerk Patriotism and pitting Vet against Vet, while the most famous chickenhawk duo in history continue to work with smoke and mirrors.

No, I am not a Democrat. Reagan and Thatcher were the best thing to ever happen to the Free World.

I'm giving this five stars, because his voluntary Nam service is worth ten stars alone. The rest didn't exactly hold my attention quite frankly, but few things do.

Welcome home, Marine.
Balhala
...Ok, I'll grant that Mr. Murtha has had some interesting experiences, some of which even make interesting stories to tell, but underneath it all runs the current of self-promotion. For example, Mr. Murtha runs on and on about the importance of military intelligence, which is true enough, but since he was an intelligence officer, one must take that with a grain of salt. Largely, it's a book of his personal experiences, looked at through his own biases and self-promotion. Take it for what it is -- his story, subjectively told, and not a document of research, objectivity, or analysis.
I give it two stars because taking it for what it is, it's nomt horrible, and it is mildly entertaining. But PLEASE, if you feel like you must read it, get it from the library rather than contributing to Mr. Murtha's wallet.
Trash Obsession
Nothing new here. A lot of clichés (i.e. "know your enemy".) As with any autobiography he paints a good picture of himself.

Right out of high school he joins the Marines and finds himself in Vietnam where he is twice wounded. I suppose this one year in Vietnam and the many years in the Reserves makes him an expert on war.

His discussion of intelligence gathering sort of puts the cart before the horse. Hindsight analysis can make one look brilliant (i.e. McCarthy didn't listen to intelligence about Chinese about to invade from the North.) I read this book standing in a book store--not all of it, because much of it is boring.

Interestingly, he came out today and told Congress and the American people we should cut and run in Iraq. And here I thought Murtha believed leaders should believe their intelligence reports.

I am a Vietnam Veteran. We cut and ran in Vietnam. Congress de-funded the South Vietnamese Army. No ammunition, no parts, the South Vietnamese Army was no match of the North Vietnamese regulars that were supplied with Soviet and Chinese weapons.

Autobiographies are typically short on the author's short comings--this one is no exception.
From Vietnam to 9/11: On the Front Lines of National Security ebook
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John Plashal,John P. Murtha
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Penn State University Press (August 13, 2004)
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256 pages
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