Platoon Leader - James R. McDonough

Platoon Leader

By James R. McDonough

  • Release Date: 1985-06-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 55 Ratings)


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


  • Platoon Leader

    By Justin601
    Excellent book. It was recommended to me by one of my mentors who is an active duty CSM. As I draw near to 8 May 2015, the day of my commissioning as an active duty US Army Infantry officer, this book has given me keen insight to the true duties and responsibilities of the platoon leader. I recommend this for any officer, and especially the ones in the profession of combat arms.
  • Well-written combat memoir

    By Raymund Eich
    A well-written memoir, full of rich and, often, horrifying detail about infantry combat in Vietnam. Many reflections on leadership and responsibility.
  • Outstanding

    By M091056
    It's as if you are on patrol, participating in their dangers, understanding their fears, hopes, and desires. An excellent view of combat leadership.