La vie et les guerres (Vietnam) du Sergent Barry Sadler, membre de l'unité d'élite Les Bérets verts,
ainsi qu'auteur, acteur et chanteur. Barry Allen Sadler est l'interprète du classique américain: 'Ballad of the Green Beret'. Marc Leepson, journaliste américain, historien, auteur et ex-militaire, nous présente avec fierté la première biographie du Sgt Barry Sadler. Les critiques sont unanimes, une biographie complète, des recherches fastidieuses, et enfin un livre qui rendra justice à la grandeur de cet homme...
"This book, like Sadler's life, is never boring, a volatile yarn about fame, fortune, comedy, and as such tales often go, tragedy. The meteoric rise and self-destructive fall of a momentary American icon." — Patrick Sheane Duncan, screenwriter and producer of Mr. Holland's Opus and the HBO miniseries Vietnam War Story
"This is a timely book that all my fellow Vietnam veterans, as well as any American fascinated by the tumultuous Sixties, will find captivating." — Richard K. Kolb, publisher and editor-in-chief (1989-2016) of VFW magazine
Stackpole Books is proud to announce the May 2017 release of Ballad of the Green Beret (978-0811717496, biography recounting the rough-and-tumble life of Special Forces vet and American pop culture phenomenon Barry Sadler.
In 1966, the top Billboard Hot 100 single 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. Leepson reveals 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.