Ballad of the Green Beret The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler from the Vietnam War and Pop Stardom to Murder and an Unsolved Violent Death The rough and tumble life of Special Forces vet and Sixties pop star Barry Sadler The top Billboard Hot single of wasn t Paint It Black or Yellow Submarine it was The Ballad of the Green Bere

  • Title: Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler from the Vietnam War and Pop Stardom to Murder and an Unsolved, Violent Death
  • Author: Marc Leepson
  • ISBN: 9780811717496
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Paint It Black or Yellow Submarine it was The Ballad of the Green Berets, a hyper patriotic tribute to the men of the Special Forces by Vietnam vet Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler But Sadler s clean cut, all American image hid a darker side, a HuThe rough and tumble life of Special Forces vet and Sixties pop star Barry Sadler The top Billboard Hot 100 single of 1966 wasn t Paint It Black or Yellow Submarine it was The Ballad of the Green Berets, a hyper patriotic tribute to the men of the Special Forces by Vietnam vet 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 articles for Soldier of Fortune and pulp novels 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 by a robber on the streets of Guatemala and died a year later This life and times biography of an American character 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.

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      Historian and journalist Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including Ballad of the Green Beret The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler Stackpole, 2017 What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life Palgrave, 2014 Lafayette Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General, a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette Palgrave, 2011 Desperate Engagement, the story of the Civil War Battle of Monocacy Thomas Dunne Books, 2007 Flag An American Biography, a history of the American flag from the beginnings to today Thomas Dunne, 2005 and Saving Monticello, the first complete history of Thomas Jefferson s House Free Press, 2001, University of Virginia Press, 2003, paperback A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, Marc Leepson is the arts editor, senior writer, and columnist for The VVA Veteran, the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America.He has written about the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans and other topics for many other newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Balti Sun, Newsday, the Arizona Republic, Smithsonian, World War II, Vietnam, Military History and Preservation Magazines, Civil War Times, the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Encyclopedia Americana, and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography.He has been a guest on many television and radio news programs, including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, On the Media, CBS This Morning Saturday, History Detectives, The Diane Rehm Show,Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CBC Canada , the BBC News Hour, and Irish Radio And he has given talks at many colleges and universities, including the University of Maryland, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Miami, Appalachian State University, the College of Southern Maryland and Georgetown University.He tought U.S history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia from 2008 2015 He graduated from George Washington University in 1967 He was then drafted into the U.S Army and served for two years, including a year in the Vietnam War After his military service, he earned an MA in history from GWU in 1971 He lives in Middleburg, Virginia, with his wife They have two adult children.



    2 thoughts on “Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler from the Vietnam War and Pop Stardom to Murder and an Unsolved, Violent Death

    1. Interesting life story of Barry Sadler who composed and sang the sixties hit, "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and wrote the best-selling Casca, the eternal mercenary paperback series. Born and raised in a whorehouse in Leadville, Colorado, Sadler became a pop star, then an arms dealer and eventually a writer of pulp fiction, before being shot in the head in a cab in Guatemala under mysterious circumstances.This could have been a four or five star book if it weren't for the fact that Marc Leepso [...]

    2. I always find it fascinating that in 1966 the top Billboard Single was "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Barry Sadler. Marc Leepson has written the first real biography of Sadler outside of Sadler's obscure dictated memoir of the 1970s. Unfortunately, this biography is marred by some significant flaws that I will discuss at the end. Who was Sadler? He grew up a hardscrabble life in Colorado and by most accounts his mother was a prostitute for most of his formative years. Sadler dropped out of high [...]

    3. 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 Paint It Black or Yellow Submarine --it was The Ballad of the Green Berets, a hyper-patriotic tribute to the men of the Special Forces by Vietnam vet 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 articles for Soldier of Fortun [...]

    4. Mr. Leepson digs beneath the well-known one-dimensional public-relations creation “Barry Sadler” to reveal an intriguingly complex and resilient man. Along the way, there are insights into the U.S. military, the recording business, Hollywood, and the publishing world, as well as vivid portraits of some amazing characters, and depictions of events by turns inspiring, horrifying, ironic, comic, surreal, and heartbreaking. Would make a terrific movie.

    5. A good read for those parents and grandparents who believe the army is the place to straighten out their troubled children. It was not for Barry Sadler. A young man from an unstable home found his moment in the sun, of belonging and a purpose, in the army family before dark clouds of returned in the form of financial exploitation, alcohol, and sex. There are moments of happiness, but no happy ending to his story. Fame is fleeting in the big scheme of life and opportunity a limited quantity. An i [...]

    6. Decades, years even, are roller coasters. They undulate, smoothly at times, precipitously at others. You can catch a glimpse of America's dizzying ride in the 1960s in about a six month period on the Billboard music charts. On September 25, 1965, Barry Maguire's version of "Eve of Destruction" ("You're old enough to kill but not for votin'/You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'") was the number one single in the country. Before winter ended, Barry Sadler would reach that top [...]

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