Once An Eagle
A NovelBook - 2002
First released in 1968, the best-selling account of twentieth-century warfare spans the years between the World Wars through the early Vietnam War era, following the military careers of commander Sam Damon and political opportunist Courtney Massengale. 60,000 first printing.
“Once an Eagle is simply the best work of fiction on leadership in print.” —General Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Required reading for West Point and Marine Corps cadets, Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self-interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War II, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War—Vietnam. Now reissued with a new foreword by acclaimed historian Carlo D'Este, here is an unforgettable story of a man who embodies the best in our nation—and in us all.
The conflict in outlook and strategy between Courtney Massengale, a commissioned officer, and Sam Damon, who has risen through the ranks, is traced throughout the two world wars