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"Once, the name Audie Murphy was synonymous with military heroism - and with good reason. In world War II, over the course of more than two years of continuous combat in Europe, this Texas sharecropper's son entered the ranks of the immortals who can claim a sustained series of hard-to-believe (but thoroughly documented) exploits on the bloody battlegrounds of Sicily, Anzi "Once, the name Audie Murphy was synonymous with military heroism - and with good reason. In world War II, over the course of more than two years of continuous combat in Europe, this Texas sharecropper's son entered the ranks of the immortals who can claim a sustained series of hard-to-believe (but thoroughly documented) exploits on the bloody battlegrounds of Sicily, Anzio, France, and Germany. For his heroic achievements, which left some 240 German soldiers dead, Murphy received the most medals ever awarded to an American soldier, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. When the portrait of this freckled, baby-faced foot soldier appeared on the cover of Life magazine, Audie Murphy became the living symbol of America's desire for its sons to return, unravaged, from the war. After the war, Murphy went on to launch a long and surprisingly durable career as a screen actor, starring in such films as The Red Badge of Courage, The Quiet American, his autobiographical war movie To Hell and Back, and a long series of Westerns (where he was inevitably cast as 'the Kid'). But just beneath the surface of his life lay a numbness, a delayed stress relieved only by bouts of womanizing, nocturnal adventures, reckless gambling, and dangerous practical jokes. Murphy would survive into the Vietnam era as an anachronism of sorts, whose baroque schemes for financial salvation plunged him into the American political and criminal netherworld - a hero badly out of time. Don Graham tells the story of this emblematic American life in vivid detail, with a rich appreciation for the ironies and multiple meanings to be found there, and with awe at the combat heroics of this 'fugitive from the law of averages.' Audie Murphy's grave is the most visited one in Arlington national Cemetery, save JFK's, even today; No Name on the Bullet explains why this is so to a whole new generation of Americans


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"Once, the name Audie Murphy was synonymous with military heroism - and with good reason. In world War II, over the course of more than two years of continuous combat in Europe, this Texas sharecropper's son entered the ranks of the immortals who can claim a sustained series of hard-to-believe (but thoroughly documented) exploits on the bloody battlegrounds of Sicily, Anzi "Once, the name Audie Murphy was synonymous with military heroism - and with good reason. In world War II, over the course of more than two years of continuous combat in Europe, this Texas sharecropper's son entered the ranks of the immortals who can claim a sustained series of hard-to-believe (but thoroughly documented) exploits on the bloody battlegrounds of Sicily, Anzio, France, and Germany. For his heroic achievements, which left some 240 German soldiers dead, Murphy received the most medals ever awarded to an American soldier, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. When the portrait of this freckled, baby-faced foot soldier appeared on the cover of Life magazine, Audie Murphy became the living symbol of America's desire for its sons to return, unravaged, from the war. After the war, Murphy went on to launch a long and surprisingly durable career as a screen actor, starring in such films as The Red Badge of Courage, The Quiet American, his autobiographical war movie To Hell and Back, and a long series of Westerns (where he was inevitably cast as 'the Kid'). But just beneath the surface of his life lay a numbness, a delayed stress relieved only by bouts of womanizing, nocturnal adventures, reckless gambling, and dangerous practical jokes. Murphy would survive into the Vietnam era as an anachronism of sorts, whose baroque schemes for financial salvation plunged him into the American political and criminal netherworld - a hero badly out of time. Don Graham tells the story of this emblematic American life in vivid detail, with a rich appreciation for the ironies and multiple meanings to be found there, and with awe at the combat heroics of this 'fugitive from the law of averages.' Audie Murphy's grave is the most visited one in Arlington national Cemetery, save JFK's, even today; No Name on the Bullet explains why this is so to a whole new generation of Americans

30 review for No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Checkman

    A well written biography about Audie Murphy. Audie Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated United States Army combat soldiers of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. He received every American combat award for valor available at the time of his service, including the Medal of Honor. He also received recognitions from France and Belgium. Don Graham's biography is both well researched and written. It doesn't try to sugar coat Murphy, but it also is not a character assa A well written biography about Audie Murphy. Audie Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated United States Army combat soldiers of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. He received every American combat award for valor available at the time of his service, including the Medal of Honor. He also received recognitions from France and Belgium. Don Graham's biography is both well researched and written. It doesn't try to sugar coat Murphy, but it also is not a character assassination piece. Graham does not shy away from the fact that Murphy was a Human being and had his share of flaws and weaknesses. He was bad with money, possibly addicted to gambling, a womanizer, suffered from PTSD and was probably an adrenalin junkie. However he was also a loyal friend and a brave man who never cut and ran whether it was a war or just life in general.He was ambitious and a hard worker. He knew that he had been born on the lower rung of society, but he never let that stop him. He didn't necessarily go about it the best way, but one certainly can't call him a quitter. Graham shows that Murphy was more than just a war hero. He had a life and after the guns fell silent he had to live it. For better or worse. Well written and fast moving.A well-told tale of a lost soul who lived an extraordinary life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The tragic story of an American hero. While his fall from grace (and the nation's consciousness) could be attributed to his own failings, this book conveys how it could also be attributed to changes in perspective as a nation. Not for the hothouse flower, the descriptions of his wartime heroics (and the relatively unsurprising behavior of soldiers when on leave--specifically with regard to ladies of the evening) paint a very human portrait. I wonder what he'd think of our country now, and if he'd The tragic story of an American hero. While his fall from grace (and the nation's consciousness) could be attributed to his own failings, this book conveys how it could also be attributed to changes in perspective as a nation. Not for the hothouse flower, the descriptions of his wartime heroics (and the relatively unsurprising behavior of soldiers when on leave--specifically with regard to ladies of the evening) paint a very human portrait. I wonder what he'd think of our country now, and if he'd feel as out-of-place and anachronistic as I believe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wilson

    Great biography on Audie Murphy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Russ

    Great. Tragic life for one of our National heroes.

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