5 thoughts on “Platoon Leader

  1. Platoon Leader was a book my dad gave to me saying, “Here. This is a great book I had to read in college.” I looked at the cover with mixed feelings at first, apprehensive about reading it. Then I started to read it and eventually I couldn’t put it down! I definitely would rate this book a 10 out of 10. It starts out the story by talking about his leaving Vietnam and then him at home later in his life and flashing back to his experiences leading up to West Point, and then his deployment. It then

  2. One of the things that has always intrigued me about Vietnam War stories is the attempts to make sense of the pure senselessness. A world without rules, mercy and pure ruthless reality. How can one cope with being thrown into the middle of chaos from a structured society? I can’t imagine the unbelievable psychological pain that American Veterans went through. When you grow up in a world where things at least on the surface seem to make sense and at least follow some rules, one might be tempted t

  3. I am thinking about giving this 1985 book, Platoon Leader, five stars. I don’t give out five stars lightly. And this is for a book that kicks the anti-war person when he’s down.

    But this book has given me the best idea of what it was like to be the leader of a platoon in Vietnam. It is the most personal and graphic book about Vietnam among several that I have read. Those include: Fields of Fire: A Novel by James Webb, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, Dispatches, and The Things They Carrie

  4. One of the better books to read to understand what it’s like to be a naive young officer thrown into combat. New small unit leaders will find it extraordinarily compelling and relevant. It should be required reading for leaders of all types.

    Most combat books focus on enlisted men. Officers are responsible for the majority of mistakes (as well as the successes) and often don’t have anyone to share the stress with. In small units (platoon or lower), the officers face the same dangers as the enlist

  5. I read this book after my senior year in college and freshly commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Army.

    I received, first hand, the struggles that new leaders may have to overcome with little no actual experience.

    McDonough describes in detail his thought process when evaluating options. His ability to understand the human dimension, the driving force behind each of his Soldiers was crucial in maintaining the integrity of his platoon.

    A perfect example of this is how he immediately recognize

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