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Widely acclaimed as the Vietnam War's most highly decorated soldier, Joe Ronnie Hooper in many ways serves as a symbol for that conflict. His troubled, tempestuous life paralleled the upheavals in American society during the 1960s and 1970s
Peter Maslowski is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of several books, including Armed with Cameras: The American Military Photographers of World War II and (with Allan R. Millett) For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America. Don Winslow is the best-selling author of, among other works, A Cool Breeze on the Underground, which received an Edgar nomination for best first novel.
"Looking For a Hero is an extraordinary feat of biographical reconstruction, as well as a powerful, poignant account of a nation at war. The tale of Joe Hooper's turbulent life and sad death transcends the story of America's most decorated Vietnam veteran to become a meditation about heroism, manhood, and the true cost of combat." Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn "Hooper's life presents the perfect microcosm of America's tortured involvement in the Vietnam War. Given that America's willingness to use military force to foster 'nation-building' and 'democracy' has not waned since Vietnam, the relevance of that conflict--and its heroes--remains significant." Mark Clodfelter, author of The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam "I was totally caught up in the story, like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I wish I had written this book. It is daring and it is original." Roger J. Spiller, George C. Marshall Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College