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Author, columnist, commentator David Hackworth to speak June 5

May 20, 2002

As part of a fast-paced, nationwide tour to promote his new book, one of Austin Peay's most famous alumni returns to campus Wednesday, June 5 for a lecture and book signing.

David Hackworth, author of the recently released book, “Steel My Soldiers' Hearts,” will give a public lecture at 11 a.m. in room 305, Morgan University Center, followed by a book signing from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. That morning, he is the guest of honor at a by-invitation-only reception hosted by the APSU National Alumni Association.

In addition to his newest work, Hackworth wrote “The Vietnam Primer” and the national best sellers “Hazardous Duty” and “The Price of Honor,” as well as the 1989 international best seller “About Face.”

Often called a soldier's soldier, Hackworth's military career as a sailor, soldier and military correspondent has spanned a dozen wars, from the end of World War II to America's ongoing war against terrorists.

He enlisted in the merchant marine at age 14 and the U.S. Army at 15. In almost 26 years in the Army, he spent more than seven years in combat theatres, earning a substantial and impressive collection of military medals and honors.

In 1971, as the Army's youngest colonel, he spoke out against the Vietnam War on national television. As he says on his Web site: “Understandably, Nixon and the Army weren't real happy.”

Always opinionated and outspoken, Hackworth is a regular guest on several national radio and television shows, often serving as a commentator during military crises.

During Desert Storm, which he covered for “Newsweek,” he was the only correspondent to accurately predict the outcome of the Gulf War. He won many national and international awards for his “Newsweek” reporting, including the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in communication.

His column, “Defending America,” appears weekly in newspapers across America.

From 1990 through 1996, he was a contributing editor to “Newsweek.” He has been featured in many magazines, including “People,” “Parade” and “Men's Journal.”

Throughout his military career, as well as his career as an author and commentator, Hackworth has continued to promote his personal mission, which is “to ensure that American troops are never put in harm's way without the right training, the right equipment, the right leadership and the right mission.”

One review of “Steel My Soldier's Hearts” said it “takes readers alongside sniper missions, into grunt ambush actions, above fields of fire with hard-hitting helicopter strikes and inside the quagmire of command politics.” Another called it a “tour de force of front-line combat action,”

It hit bookstore shelves and online bookstores May 2, and a promotional tour kicked off a week later in Chicago. Hackworth has a packed calendar of talks and book signings that takes him from Connecticut to California. During the next six months, he is slated to be in about 50 cities nationwide. (For a current schedule, visit