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Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
Fortunate Son The Autobiography of Lewis B Puller Jr Author:Lewis B. Puller Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s memoir is a moving story of a man born into a proud military legacy who struggles to rebuild his world after the Vietnam War has shattered his body and his ideals. Raised in the shadow of his father, Marine General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, a hero of five wars, young Lewis went to Southeast Asia at the height of the Vietna... more »m War and served with distinction as an officer in his father's beloved Corps. But when he tripped a booby-trapped howitzer round, triggering an explosion that would cost him his legs, his career as a soldier ended--and the battle to reclaim his life began.« less
Puller won the Pulitzer Prize for this book but killed himself a few years after it was published. His suicide undercut the message of the book, which was how he overcame the psychological scars of being a triple amputee. Puller was the son of the most famous Marine in U.S. history. As such, much was expected of him. He went to Vietnam, stepped on a mine, and lost two legs and one arm. Post-surgery, he struggles with the psychological impact of being a triple amputee and with alcoholism. One of his friends during recovery was another amputee, Bob Kerrey, who went on to be a U.S. Senator.