Col. Jack Jacobs

Col. Jack Jacobs, earned the Medal of Honor in 1969 for exceptional heroism in Vietnam after entering military service through Rutgers ROTC. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars.

Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he co-founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group. He was a managing director of Bankers Trust Company and later of Lehman Brothers. He is a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC and writes a weekly column for He also appears frequently on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning radio program. Jacobs serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and is the vice chairman of the Medal of Honor Foundation.

His first book, If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need, was published by Berkley/Caliber. Written with New York Times author David Fisher, Jacobs’ next book, Basic Tales, provides an insider’s look at basic training in the U.S. military, and will be published by Thomas Dunne Books.

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Basic: Tales from Basic Training

by Colonel Jack Jacobs (ret.) and David Fisher

From a Medal of Honor winner—the first book that provides a documented and oral history of an American institution: basic training

Every soldier, sailor, marine and air force personnel has one thing in common: They all have been through basic training. None will ever forget it. During the eight weeks of training each recruit learns things about themselves that they never experienced before.

They are taught everything from combat skills to making a bed with sheets so tight a quarter will bounce off them. The goal of this training is to turn a young American into a soldier, sailor or marine who will instantly and unquestioningly respond to an order.

Basic tells the history of basic training, including historic materials like schedules, menus, cadence calls, chants and songs from the various wars, and even excerpts from training manuals. This is a book that will bring back memories of basic for the 40 million people who have gone through it, and offers outsiders a look inside this life-changing experience.

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If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need

by Col. Jack Jacobs

Col. Jack Jacobs believes that our nation has avoided examining the role of citizenry in the defense of its Republic. In his stirring personal story, told in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Doug Century, the Medal of Honor recipient will offer pointed and controversial views on the mismanagement of the Iraq war, the so-called "War on Terror" and the scandals in the Abu Ghraib prison, and meditate upon Jacobs' strongly held views of service.

Jacobs' memoir is the story of a young first-generation American, born in Brooklyn, who finds himself thrust into the heat of combat where his character is defined in ways he could never have imagined during the crucible of battle.

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