I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir
James Webb. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. 400 pp. Illus. Index. $27.
Reviewed by Colonel Dick Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
In I Heard My Country Calling, Jim Webb has provided a fascinating account of his early life. Interestingly, the book focuses primarily on his family and the historical events that shaped his character and beliefs
rather than his many notable achievements later in life. It is an intensely personal narrative that traces his development from sometime-student to Naval Academy Midshipman, Marine officer, novelist, and political figure. Along this path of success he achieved honors and recognition that marked him as a heroic, blunt-spoken patriot, one who never forgot his roots or the admonition of his beloved great-aunt Lena. “I’m watching you,” she said, “Make me proud.”