Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: James R. McDonough

Narrated By: Joel Rooks

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2003

Duration: 1 hours 56 minutes


A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.'
"Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri of combat yarns. . . McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller's eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. . . . For the author's honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about."-"Army Times


  • Victor Castro

    Book was fantastic, lots of vivid language. The narrator pronounced the S in "corpsman" near the end of the book though. That's something that should've been caught.