Thursday, October 26, 2006

Desperate times

George "I'm losing and it's all Macaca's fault" Allen has turned to desperate measures and released, according to Matt Drudge, a list of excerpts from James Webb's books suggesting that Webb writes porn.

Atrios had the first response to this, quoting Senator/Saint John McCain's review of one of Webb's books. "It captures well the lingering scars of the war, and exposes the tension between the dynamism of a new generation and the invisible bondage of an older generation for whom wartime allegiances, and animosities, are rendered no less vivid by the passage of time."

Here are some more reviews of Lost Soldiers:
"Webb's writing and plot both get top marks." - Sea Power, January 2003

"The background setting for Lost Soldiers is the rice paddies, villages, and foothills leading up to the Que Son mountain range west of Danang. An area once known to the 1st Marine Division as the “Arizona Territory,” this was where Marine Lieutenant Webb fought his war and was critically wounded. His experiences there account for the undercurrent of emotion that weaves its way through this, his latest novel...

"Jim Webb has the rare talent of being able to draw the reader into a scene, be it a Saigon disco, a Vietnamese village, a slaughter pen in Thailand, or a general's quarters with a sweeping view of Pearl Harbor. Undeniably, he has visited the places about which he writes, and with the gift of a true literary artist he captures the surrounding environment of sights, sounds, smells, and emotions. One cannot find a more entertaining or educational tale about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Nor can one find a better author to write about it." - Major General Jarvis D. Lynch Jr., USMC, Retired, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, January 2002

"Readers may recall my unbounded admiration for James Webb, one of our finest war novelists since Stephen Crane. It is a pleasure to report that Webb's Lost Soldiers (Bantam Books, $25) is fully up to his high standards--taut with skillfully narrated realism. It is a tale of the search for two American traitors who caused the death of Marines in a remote outpost in Vietnam. No one else has ever conveyed better the dangers, risks and horrors of our war in Vietnam. Once again we see and live through the misery, terror and hardship of infantry fighting in that strange land--a land that Webb has clearly come to love." - Caspar Weinberger, Forbes, October 29, 2001

A George Felix Flashback: "My friends, we're going to run this campaign on positive, constructive ideas and it's important that we motivate and inspire people for something."

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