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's revealing biography recounts the rough-and-tumble life of Special Forces vet and American pop culture phenomenon Barry Sadler.

About "Ballad of the Green Beret":

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler made his mark with “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” the No. 1 hit song of the year 1966, which is what he is rightly famous for. But Barry Sadler had an eventful and colorful life before, during, and after the song made him a household name during the Vietnam War years a half century ago.

About the author:

Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and the author of nine books. A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., he has been a free-lance writer since 1986.  He is Senior Writer, Arts Editor editor and columnist for The VVA Veteran, the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America. From 2008-2015 he taught U.S. history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia. He graduated from George Washington University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, including a year in the Vietnam War, he received his honorable discharge and went on to earn a Masters Degree in history from George Washington University in 1971. He lives in Loudoun County, Virginia.

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