Ballad Of The Green Beret: The Life And Wars Of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler From The Vietnam War And Pop Stardom To Murder And by Marc LeepsonBallad Of The Green Beret: The Life And Wars Of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler From The Vietnam War And Pop Stardom To Murder And by Marc Leepson

Ballad Of The Green Beret: The Life And Wars Of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler From The Vietnam War…

byMarc Leepson

Hardcover | May 1, 2017

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The rough-and-tumble life of Special Forces vet and Sixties pop star Barry Sadler The top Billboard Hot 100 single of 1966 wasn't The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" or the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine"--it was "The Ballad of the Green Berets," a hyper-patriotic tribute to the men of the Special Forces by Vietnam veteran, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. But Sadler's clean-cut, all-American image hid a darker side, a Hunter Thompson-esque life of booze, girls, and guns. Unable to score another hit song, he wrote a string of popular pulp fiction paperbacks that made "Rambo look like a stroll through Disneyland." He killed a lover's ex-boyfriend in Tennessee. Settling in Central America, Sadler ran guns, allegedly trained guerrillas, provided medical care to residents, and caroused at his villa. In 1988 he was shot in the head in Guatemala and died a year later. This life-and-times biography of an American pop culture phenomenon recounts the sensational details of Sadler's life vividly but soberly, setting his meteoric rise and tragic fall against the big picture of American society and culture during and after the Vietnam War.
Journalist and historian Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life; Saving Monticello; and Lafayette: Idealist General. A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, his work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Smithsonian, Military History, the Ci...
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Title:Ballad Of The Green Beret: The Life And Wars Of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler From The Vietnam War…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.33 × 6.22 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2017Publisher:Stackpole BooksLanguage:English

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In this fascinating and thoroughly researched biography, Marc Leepson has delved deeply into the story of Sgt. Barry Sadler, the singing soldier who wrote and performed the "Ballad of the Green Berets" that rocketed up the charts in 1966. Sadler handled soldiering in Vietnam well, but he could not handle the success, money, civilian life, women, and booze that followed. Sadler's one-hit wonder song was perfectly timed for a nation that still supported the war in Vietnam then, but none of the adulation and hero-worship felt right to him.