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

Marc Leepson


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

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

  • 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: 179
  • Format: Hardcover

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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 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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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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