Son of the famous World War II Marine commander "Chesty" Puller, Lewis Puller proudly followed in his father's footsteps. It was his misfortune, though, to serve in Vietnam in a war that brought not honor but contempt, and exacted a brutal personal price: Puller lost both legs, one hand, and most of his buttocks and stomach. Years later he was functional enough to run for Congress, bitterly denouncing the war. He lost, became an alcoholic, and almost died again. Then he climbed out of that circle of Hell to write this searingly graphic autobiography, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992
I just finished this very moving book. I strongly recommend it. One of my favorite parts was when Puller compared his service and that of his friends, who joined the Coast Guard, to the different levels of sacrifices that a chiken and a pig make to put breakfast on the table.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good read?
I'm not too into biographies like that, so the closest thing I can recommend is the very awesome "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time", which can be found here:
Without giving too much away, it's written from the perspective of an autistic boy who tries to solve the murder of a poodle.
I really enjoyed the Left Behind series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.