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A Medal of Honor recipient looks back at his own service—and ahead to America’s future.Jack Jacobs was acting as an advisor to the South Vietnamese when he and his men came under devastating attack. Severely wounded, 1st Lt. Jacobs took command and withdrew the unit, returning again and again to the site of the attack to rescue more men, saving the lives of a U.S. advisorA Medal of Honor recipient looks back at his own service—and ahead to America’s future.Jack Jacobs was acting as an advisor to the South Vietnamese when he and his men came under devastating attack. Severely wounded, 1st Lt. Jacobs took command and withdrew the unit, returning again and again to the site of the attack to rescue more men, saving the lives of a U.S. advisor and thirteen Allied soldiers. Col. Jacobs received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Here, with candor, humor, and quiet modesty, Col. Jack Jacobs tells his stirring story of heroism, honor, and the personal code by which he has lived his life, and expounds with blunt honesty and insight his views on our contemporary world, and the nature and necessity of sacrifice.If Not Now, When? is a compelling account of a unique life at both war and peace, and the all-too-often unexamined role of the citizenry in the service and defense of the Republic....

Title : If Not Now, When? Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need
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If Not Now, When? Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need Reviews

  • Bob
    2019-07-06 13:35

    I don't usually agree with Jack (an NBC contributor), but depth of knowledge is great, and his character flawless. He raises questions that no one else does, but that seem obvious in reflection.

  • Sarah
    2019-07-06 16:04

    Going into this book, I thought it was going to be a lot more about Col. Jacob's experience in how he received the Medal of Honor, but that part was only relegated to a small portion of the book. Rather, this book is about the colonel's life, where and how he grew up, what led him to joining the U. S. Army, his experiences in Vietnam, and life after that experience; a wider scope than I had anticipated. While it was interesting to learn of Col. Jacob's life, I grew a bit bored with some of his ramblings and opinions, especially those pertaining to politics and the whys and hows of the United States getting into both the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. It can be argued, and well, that the United States war with Iraq is similar to the war with Vietnam, chiefly that people in government who have no military experience should not dictate the battle but rather leave that to the experienced leaders of the military. But then every battle is somewhat unique, with unique challenges, and while we should learn from our past so that we do not repeat the same mistakes, we should not treat every war the same. Another argument for another day...All in all, I appreciate Col. Jacobs sharing his story. This is, after all, his story and his book and whatever he chooses to write about is his prerogative. I highly agree with his sentiment that military service, or even service of any kind to our country, seems to be an afterthought these days and perhaps we as a nation should strive to make both military and national service a high priority. Again, another argument for another day.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-25 07:53

    Today, I also finished a book: “If Not Now, When?“, written by Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) and Douglas Century (2008). Colonel Jacobs is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for action during the Vietnam War. The sub-title is: “Duty and Sacrifice in America’s Time of Need“.The book is autobiographical and it is incredibly funny, touching and up-lifting — all at the same time. This was another of the $2 books I’ve gotten at Half-Price books and I can honestly say this was among the two of the best dollars I’ve ever spent in my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the type of person America and the U.S. military can produce – and what type of man goes on to earn a Medal of Honor.I will be using the book as a source for many quotes. Just a terrific read!!

  • Steve
    2019-07-14 08:39

    great book. He has many memorable quotes and observations. I highly recommend this book. Really reminds you of what we owe our country, and how much our leaders have let us down!

  • Eric
    2019-07-15 10:36

    Jacobs takes swipes along the way at almost the entire American culture, challenging us all to give pause before acting - but when action is required, then do so. He has in some ways, 'seen it all.'I do wonder if he has contemplated his Creator's role in bringing him to where he is at; I detected from his work that he may believe that man is a perfectible.

  • Will
    2019-06-20 10:55

    SUBJECTIVE REVIEW WITH SPOILER SNIPPETS FOLLOWS:Jack Jacobs' Life Story--through 2007. Jack Jacobs, future Medal of Honor Winner, has humble beginnings in Brooklyn, NY, the runt of the family and most likely to misbehave. Jack has two natural talents; he's very short at five-four and runs like the wind. His two tours in Vietnam seemed to bracket the public perception of the war: the Tet Offensive of 1968 and the end of US combat there in 1973. Throughout it all, Jack Jacobs, the spawn of Greek and Polish Jewish ancestry, remained the indefatigable and nonconformist rascal--ever searching and persevering for the way around the Army wanted him to go. Interestingly, If Not Now, When? provided the first true glimpse I'd ever had of the historical significance of West Point, NY, at one time strategically the most important river bluff in America. Jacobs' time as an instructor turned out to be the turning point in his life based on sound advice and a love of his surroundings. As one of the very few professional military officers who reach the rank of Colonel (what Jacobs liked to think of as one of the 'chosen' few) to avoid an assignment to the Pentagon, Jacobs instead parlayed his West Point instructor time into a teaching slot at the National War College at Ft McNair, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Of special note of his time there, Jacobs searched out the resigned and disavowed former President Richard Nixon to come for one magical day in the lives of all that got to listen to his views on America and politics. Surprisingly, Jacobs was able to transition to Wall Street with little to no background and make a success of himself---the ultimate, adaptable chameleon. Although this book is non-fiction and clearly autobiographical, Jack Jacobs views life with enough humor, disdain and self-deprecation to easily be a good novel author. If Not Now, When? is short enough in length for any reader to manage, and I very seriously recommend that you invest the few hours it takes to read it and become a friend of one of America's homespun heroes. I've read a couple of other Vietnam War books; James Webb's 'Fields of Fire' and Nelson DeMille's 'Up Country,' both of which were fiction. Fields of Fire portrayed the pure unadulterated terror of being a Marine in the Vietnamese 'bush' as well as any written work could. DeMille's Up Country was an enjoyable excursion into the macabre world of postwar Vietnam. Jack Jacobs takes a totally different tack at the war I so thankfully missed by making it a defining point in his life, but not the turning point; that seemed to occur during his staff assignment at West Point after Vietnam. I came away from If Not Now, When? greatly admiring Jack Jacobs' service to his country, even though he seemed to view it as 'I woke up this morning and my task today was to advise the ARVNs on field tactics.' Here is a man who endured the chickenshit bureaucracy of the US Army, much as I did the US Air Force, and walked away from it none the worse for the wear--other than the residual shrapnel that continued to work its way out of his skin for decades. This book is well worth the price of admission.

  • Jimmy
    2019-07-15 10:35

    Jack Jacobs won the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. The first 100 pages deal with his early life. Then about 50 on Vietnam until he is injured. More personal stuff. About 30 on his return to Vietnam. Then another 100 on his later life. What's missing is what most people would be reading this for: details about his combat experience. Most of the other stuff I didn't care about. His combat stories for the most part were amazingly dull. He makes a great point about how all Vietnamese soldiers were lifers. The war never stops for them. It breaks my heart to think about all of those soldiers on both sides who went through such misery. He speaks about the horrors of night fighting. More details please. I cannot imagine what that must have been like. More people deserve a Medal of Honor than get one. It takes someone to see something and report it. He complains about the assumptions that civilians make that all soldiers suddenly become psychopaths. I agree. When the fall finally came, the North Vietnamese made one of the largest land assaults ever. But the South was by now being abandoned. He could sense the defeat in the ARVN officers. I admire his willingness to go back and be an adviser to the ARVN soldiers.

  • Michael Hrycak
    2019-06-29 13:34

    This is a rare autobiography by a Medal of Honor Recipient. The background of Colonel Jacobs' education and U.S. Army career are interesting enough, and may inspire many of our younger readers' goals in life. The author's approach is somewhat humorous as well as in utmost humility when you take into account that his valorous action in South Vietnam saved an entire battalion of Vietnamese Soldiers. Colonel Jacobs had to apply for a waiver due to his height to be able to be commissioned as an Infantry Officer. However, once he was on the ground in Vietnam as a South Vietnamese Army advisor, his height played no role when he took control, as a First Lieutenant, of an ambushed battalion of almost 500 Soldiers. His selfless actions led to a turn in the tide of battle resulting in the enemy being repulsed. His story recounts true dedication to Duty, Honor, Country, in a way that allows the reader to identify with the author. Colonel Jacobs portrays himself as a regular guy that was thrust into an extraordinary situation. Being awarded the United States of America's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, was proof positive that his sense of duty and utmost personal discipline prevailed. A must read for any aspiring officer or Non Commissioned Officer.

  • Tom
    2019-07-02 09:55

    I had the pleasure of seeing Col. Jacobs talk before getting a signed copy of this book. As with the Colonel in person, Jacobs' book is a pretty straightforward memoir of his life, interspersed with valuable lessons he's picked up on during his military life. He brings a wry, humorous tone throughout, with the only faltering coming after he's retired from military service, during which he gives a very brief rundown on his career in banking. Somehow, after talks of Army bureaucracy and his getting a surprise hug from Richard Nixon, talk of banking seems less interesting.On a downside, Jacobs' theme of how important it is for young people to give of themselves to their country could have been touched on more. He has a lot of wisdom to share, and a few lessons that he believes our current military and civilian leadership could still stand to learn.

  • Craig N.
    2019-07-05 14:03

    Very interesting read by a fascinating guy who has led a remarkable life. He is very insightful about America's place in the world and the part we as citizens must play if we are to retain the way of life we all want. He is obviously a patriot but, more than anything, he has a great deal of common sense and, as a writer, knows how to tell a great story.

  • Jon
    2019-07-06 13:03

    Col. Jacobs lead a remarkable life and he does a fine job writing about the events. His exciting experiences in Vietnam earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor. I learned that leadership and teamwork go together.

  • Jeff
    2019-06-24 07:39

    Jack Jacobs is my godfather. My single earliest memory in life is sitting on his knee, learning the words to the Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay." His book was quick, smart, and I thought pretty powerful. It made me proud.

  • Ed
    2019-06-24 15:58

    Interesting book by a US Medal of Honor winner. Not many of them are live to tell their stories. Good biography, but I was hopeing for a more profound philosophy. Some good leadership tips but on the whole a mediocre book.

  • Laura
    2019-07-06 14:56

    The author mixes a great deal of self-depreciating humor with an intelligent read that made me ponder. His candor, insight, and intelligence (I had to look up a few words!) were thoroughly enjoyable. America needs more people like this Medal-of-Honor winner.

  • Madelyn
    2019-07-04 15:47

    Well written chronicle of VietNam war and life and career in Army.Jack Jacobs has so much New Yorker in him that I was definitely able to relate to his sarcasm.

  • Tom Armstrong
    2019-07-10 07:45

    Great book. Very insightful, very funny and definitely worth reading.

  • Chris Norton
    2019-07-17 11:51

    you can tell by reading that Colonel Jacobs was a paratrooper, even if he never stated it. You're either going to love it or hate it based on that.

  • Cindy
    2019-07-04 13:41

    Intelligently written and narrated. Sometimes provocative but never boring. Highly recommended.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-26 14:54

    I have had the priviledge of meeting this man in person. He is very humorous and intelligent. I cannot wait to read it.