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This memoir is an excellent warts-and-all picture of a determined young man who went through two plebe years at Annapolis and served in a very hot battle in Vietnam. He sustained life-threatening wounds, but recovered to find his marriage in a shambles because of his workaholic mentality. He found faith in God, sought counseling, and managed to salvage his marriage, but his job in the Pentagon would make Oliver North a household name.

Under Fire: An American Story - The Explosive Autobiography of Oliver North

The negotiations involving Israel-Iran-Lebanon-Contra connect This memoir is an excellent warts-and-all picture of a determined young man who went through two plebe years at Annapolis and served in a very hot battle in Vietnam. The negotiations involving Israel-Iran-Lebanon-Contra connections set the stage for the famous hearings in which Democrat Senators condemned the funding of guerrillas who fought against the Communist government in Nicaragua.

The public sided with Ollie and the Contras.


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I would have liked better coverage of the hearings because I was too young to have seen any of them. Of course, in , they were so recent that everyone could remember them.


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  • Senators comparing a uniformed Marine with North's war record to the Nazi war criminals stands today as a monumental overreach that backfired. Nov 22, David Vanness rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I do give this 5 stars. Having lived thru, watched, and questioned events and legislators I'm glad to see 'the other side of the story'.

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    All history teachers need to read this rendition. I'm 20 years late my 'to read' list. Nov 21, Simone rated it really liked it. Finally got a chance to read this book. Oliver North fascinates me. Having read it and also after a few discussions with my boss, lieutenant North took the fall for something bigger than Iran- Contra scandal. Indicted for 16 felony counts some of which included aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry; lying to congress, destroying documents and funneling money through his organization and bank to the Contras.

    For all that he did, against the Boland Amendment at the time Finally got a chance to read this book.

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    For all that he did, against the Boland Amendment at the time which legislatives created to restrict U. Slap on the wrist! By this time his trial was so widespread and the amount of supporters he had was ridiculous. Then after a year, he was sentenced July , in July North's convictions were annulled, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony. If it had be someone else, they would have been put under the jail for those offenses. All North's convictions were reversed. The Supreme Court declined to review the case.

    They didn't want anything else coming to the surface. After his nonexistent punishment, allegations were made that North and other senior officials created a privatized Contra network that evoked drug traffickers looking for cover for their operations, then they ignored or looked the other way on repeated reports of drug smuggling related to the Contras, and actively worked with known drug smugglers. This is an example of secret intelligence at its best using something big to hide something bigger or the true offense.

    All charges against North on September 16, , were dismissed on the motion of the independent counsel. Gotta love the CIA. It's fair to say that no presidential administration is perfect. There were definitely some strengths and weaknesses during the Reagan administration, and that the Carter administration was rather incompetent with the hostage situation.

    I do believe, though, that the wrong people got fired over the Iran-contra scandal.

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    The Monroe Doctrine was and is entirely abandoned! I found it appalling over the fact how the Democrats were such hush-hush over the Soviet Union spreading Communism globally, an It's fair to say that no presidential administration is perfect. I found it appalling over the fact how the Democrats were such hush-hush over the Soviet Union spreading Communism globally, and penetrating our very hemisphere.

    There was more concern over the fact that the Communists were invading Afghanistan, but no one cared for the fact that Communism was being established in Nicaragua. Neither did the Democrats really care for the fact that confidential documents from the White House were being released to the media, and the media would show or copy the very documents. The Executive and Legislative governments, and the media didn't care about sensitive information, which sadly led to terrorist threats upon Oliver North and his family, and other people from other countries who were later assassinated over the controversy.

    The media was very insensitive over the hostage crisis, and endangered them as well. With political matters, I do agree with Oliver North and Ronald Reagan that there should be a limit on government, lower taxes, and fewer regulations. I also agreed with North that there should be term limits for individuals running for the Legislative Branch, just as there are with the Executive Branch. Oliver North was also able to demonstrate that there were too many bureaucracies with Congress.

    As for categories, this is obviously a book about political matters and government affairs. I would add that it also fits into the category of "law" due to the fact that there were trials taking place over the Iran-contra scandal. Sep 21, Jared rated it liked it Shelves: I think most people have at least heard of him, so there's no need for much introduction there. The Iran-Contra events took place when I was in grade school so I didn't have much knowledge of the events as they unfolded. I read the book, in part, to learn about North's actions and what he was accused of.

    I wish I could say that the book made it easier for me to clarify in my mind what occurred, but Iran-Co 'Under Fire' is an autobiography by Oliver North that came recommended by a family member. I wish I could say that the book made it easier for me to clarify in my mind what occurred, but Iran-Contra is about as convoluted but not nearly as the start of WWI. Once you think you have it figured out, it gets more complex.

    However, what is clear is that Oliver North was not a rogue element out doing his own thing.

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    Ultimately, I think that he was the victim of a fault line between the Executive and Legislative branches of government over who sets foreign policy. Here are the elements of the book that I enjoyed: He doesn't try to make himself out to be any type of hero. To the contrary, he adds embarrassing details that he could have decided to leave out but didn't. His humanity shines through clearly and his humility is evident. His opinions of those who essentially sold him out were balanced and reserved.

    He chose not to be bitter and gave people the benefit of the doubt. As a staff officer myself, I often reflected on what I would have done if I were in the same situation. I don't think anyone would have been able to handle it as well as Oliver North did. Extremely detailed account of Oliver North's ordeal with the Iran-Contra deal, and also of his time in Vietnam.

    My favorite parts of the book was his highlighting his service in Vietnam as it was evident this was a special part of his past. I appreciated his time spent with the former Presidents of the United States that he worked with and how he viewed them. The rest of the book was actually, IMO, so detailed regarding the Iran-Contra affair that it became laborious to me; but I also learned so Extremely detailed account of Oliver North's ordeal with the Iran-Contra deal, and also of his time in Vietnam.

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    Becoming by Michelle Obama , Hardcover. Girl, Wash Your Face: Brenda Novak Hardcover Books. Jamie Oliver Hardcover Cookbooks. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. Oliver North , William Novak. With a cast of characters that includes Ronald Reagan,George Bush,Robert "Bud" McFarlane William CAsey and John Poindexter,Oliver North tells for the first time the story of his life and reveals the startling details about top secret hostage negotiations arms sales to Iran, and the covert pipeline of funds to the Nicaraguan contras-all of which erupted before the stunned American public as the "Iran-Contra Affair".