JAMES WEBB is the author of six novels, including Fields of Fire, Lost Soldiers, and The Emperor's General. He is also a filmmaker (Rules of Engagement), a world-traveled, Emmy Award-winning journalist, and has taught literature at the university level. One of the most highly decorated Marines of the Vietnam War, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration. A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.
"Born Fighting is a bombshell--or else the most brilliant
battle flare ever launched by a book. James Webb reveals the
all-but-invisible ethnic group that has created the core beliefs of
democracy American-style: our rights come from God, not the
Government; all of us are born equal, and "born aristocrats" don't
exist; and tread on either of those two truths, and we'll fight you
down to the last unbroken hyoid bone. The Scots-Irish, for such is
their name, have fought all our wars for us, including
Vietnam. James Webb was there, and he can count. He has written not
only an engrossing story but also an important work of sociological
history in the tradition of the great James Graham Leyburn."