I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils (Hardcover)
By Robert K. Brown
In 1975 Robert K. Brown launched an upstart magazine from his basement called Soldier of Fortune, which pushed the bounds of journalism to the limits with his untamed brand of reporting – a camera in one hand, a gun in the other – and soon thereafter he discovered that he’d established a worldwide community. His wildly popular but notorious magazine became an icon for action-seekers in the U.S. and around the world.
In this long-awaited book, Brown tells his own story, taking the readers into combat zones where he and his daring combat journalists, or fearless “dogs of war,” trotted across the globe. His rogue warrior journalists embedded themselves with anti-communist guerrillas or freedom fighters, often training and fighting with rebels against oppressive regimes. In their revolutionary journalistic style, they created the action and then wrote about it. Generals and leaders of exotic armies welcomed the SOF visitors and led them or allowed them to tread into unchartered territory.
Brown himself accompanied teams to work and fight with the Rhodesians; the Afghans during the Afghan-Russo War; Christian Phalange in Lebanon; ethnic minority Karens in Burma; the ethnic tribes fighting the communist government of Laos; the army of El Salvador; and the armed forces of struggling Croatia. Brown sent medical teams, often in the jaws of danger, into Burma, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Bosnia, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and also into Peru after a devastating earthquake.
In short, the “Soldiers of Fortune” went where even the U.S. government feared to tread, and they did it with gallant style, not fearing risk but welcoming the challenge, as long as they felt the cause was right and needed to be reported. In this book the exploits of Brown and his veteran teams are revealed for the first time in all their gonzo glory, even as the U.S. military, the public and polite diplomatic society sometimes shunned their endeavors.
This is the story of Robert Brown’s dogged quest, in journalism as well as warfare, to “slay dragons, do noble deeds and never, never give up.”
"Revolutionary or armed rebel…LTC Robert K. Brown has not only seen the elephant, he fist pounded his chest and stared a herd of them down from one bloody brush war to the next for the past forty years. RKB warned us - through the hard lessons and pages of Soldier of Fortune - just how filthy and fatal firefights, ambushes, and punji sticks can be. He also stoked our hunger for patriotism, selfless service, and the all-American craving to defend the land of the free to the bitter end." – Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of “Kill Bin Laden” and “Tier One Wild”
"The book is written in Brown's flamboyant, self-effacing style, and through it all I've had a chance to reflect on his red, white and blue patriotism as one of America's most fearless journalists and, yes, a soldier for fortune who cares about God and Country." – John S. Meyer, former Green Beret and author of “Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam”
"I Am Solider of Fortune" is a half-century of history told from ground level. The higher value, though, may be in the perspective it offers on the warrior culture. … Robert K. Brown stands as a central figure in a shadow world of secrecy and myth. His book opens that world to readers on the outside. There are many who don't like Soldier of Fortune magazine and the culture of rogue warrior exploits it represents. Bob Brown doesn't care.” – Retired brigadier general and Emmy award-winning broadcaster Dale Timothy White, The Washington Times
“The reader is plunged into the arena of late 20th century warfare by the founding publisher and editor of the iconic and iconoclastic Soldier of Fortune magazine ... a rollicking good reminiscence by a man who has lived life to the fullest and emerged alive … amply illustrated with dozens of photographs and supporting documents and the prose is as witty and colorful as the author himself. The man can write ….” – Richard Venola, former editor of Guns & Ammo magazine
“Bob Brown’s book is well named. It is, on one hand, a concise chronological history of a unique American publishing venture, and on the other, an autobiography of a maverick soldier and his bizarre assortment of cronies. Above all, it is a great read.” – NRA Rifleman Magazine
"Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.) has published his autobiography titled, ‘I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils’ … more than just an autobiography, it is a monumental lesson in American and world history. A lover of good whiskey, danger and going where the action is, usually on his own dime, makes him a modern day Ernest Hemingway. Unlike Hemingway who wrote fiction based upon his adventures, RKB writes non-fiction reporting on his personal experiences." – Dr. Richard Swier
“Brown’s new book, I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils, like the man himself, is as blunt, interesting and as innovative as they come. Crusty as hell at times, his meat-and-potatoes style of covering conflicts went on to make the man an icon among his readers …" – Al Venter, Tactical Weapons magazine
About the Author
Robert K. Brown is a former Green Beret and the founder of Soldier of Fortune magazine. During a bizarre military career, he succeeded in getting kicked out of Special Forces not once but twice; completing the Command and General Staff College without a security clearance; and being wounded in Vietnam.
- Hardcover: 440 pages
- Publisher: Casemate; 1st edition (July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612001939
- ISBN-13: 978-1612001937
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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