Carlos Hathcock Book, Which One(s)


September 12, 2007, 02:44 PM
I got a gift card at Amazon I need to use and finding out more about Carlos Hathcock, the legendary Vietnam sniper seems like a good place to start. Has anyone read and could recommend or not recommend any of the following books:

One Shot, One Kill by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts.

White Feather: Carlos Hathcock, USMC Scout Sniper--an Authorized Biographical Memoir by Roy F. and Norman A. Chandler.

Silent Warrior by Charles W. Henderson.

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles W. Henderson.

Thanks for any input.

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September 12, 2007, 02:50 PM
I own and have read "Marine Sniper" by Henderson and enjoyed it very much. There are some very unpleasant descriptions of what the Viet Cong did, that will stick with you for a long time, and how Hathcock made them pay for their bad behavior. A great read!

30 cal slob
September 12, 2007, 03:11 PM
i have 'em all. mr. henderson is a great writer and tells a great story.

IIRC, at one point you could order an autographed (by Gunny Hathcock himself) Chandler book from the kind folks at Precision Shooting Magazine:

I think the ones they have now are autographed by the author. Call to get more details on the Gunny Hathcock autographed version.

September 12, 2007, 03:30 PM
I have the "One Shot, One Kill" in paperback, it talks a lot about Hathcock, along with other snipers thoughout the 20th century. It also talks about history of snipers in the military. Not super detailed, but a good read.

September 12, 2007, 04:22 PM
I have "one shot one kill" It was a very good read

"The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam " that was also a very good book. by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts

I just finished "Hill 488" by Ray Hildreth and Charles W. Sasser

I would like to read more about Hathcock as well.

September 12, 2007, 04:26 PM
Silent Warrior by Charles W. Henderson.

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles W. Henderson.

These two are really good.

September 12, 2007, 04:28 PM
I've read the first and the last, and enjoyed them both, but "One Shot, One Kill" looks at a number of snipers and their deployment from WW2 through Beirut, where "Marine Sniper" gives you an in-depth look at Hathcock; another one you might enjoy is "Inside the Crosshairs: Snipers in Vietnam".

Ala Dan
September 12, 2007, 04:58 PM
I know we are talk'in books about the gunny here; but his untimely death
at 57 years old was very tragic. Carlos was a great American hero, that
will be remembered for year's to come. Even though Chuck McWhinney
had more confirmed kills; Carlos was the Marine that most of us old
timers will remember. Yes, I have read all the books; except "White
Feather", and I will eventually get around too reading it.

BTW, Norman Carlos Hathcock III is also a Marine~!

Semper Fi My Friend~!

From an Old Army Vet.

While we are on the subject of snipers in Viet-Nam, last week I saw a modified
pre-64 Winchester model 70 that was used as a sniper rifle in 'Nam. I tried too
buy it, but it wasn't for sale~!

September 12, 2007, 05:06 PM
i have all of them and all are good books. It would be good to read about other snipers as well. A sniper with more confirmed kills than Hathcock has the unlikely name of SFC Adelbert F. Waldron III. He has 109 confirmed kills and two Distinguished Service Crosses.

"Waldron is mentioned in passing in the book Sharpening the Combat Edge: The Use of Analysis to Reinforce Military Judgment (
...As an interesting war story, our most successful sniper was Sergeant Adelbert F. Waldron, III, who had 109 confirmed kills to his credit. One afternoon he was riding along the Mekong River on a Tango boat when an enemy sniper on shore pecked away at the boat. While everyone else on board strained to find the antagonist, who was firing from the shoreline over 900 meters away, Sergeant Waldron took up his sniper rifle and picked off the Viet Cong out of the top of a coconut tree with one shot (this from a moving platform). Such was the capability of our best sniper. We had others, too, with his matchless vision and expert marksmanship. Sergeant Waldron earned two Distinguished Service Crosses for his outstanding skill and bravery..."

September 12, 2007, 05:09 PM
By coincidence, I just finished reading "Marine Sniper" a couple days ago. I highly recommend it. Pretty amazing what he did and what he went through. It's a page turner. But I haven't read the others. For those who have read "Silent Warrior," what is it about? Seems like Henderson covered the entire span of Hathcock's life in "Marine Sniper." Is it just more details of his Vietnam missions that weren't covered in "Marine Sniper?"

September 12, 2007, 07:50 PM
I've read Marine Sniper and found it entertaining, informative and fascinating. Just as an added note, some people consider Stephen Hunter's fictional novel Point Of Impact to portray a protagonist that is modeled after Mr Hatchcock.

September 12, 2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the input. I ordered the two Henderson books for now so they should arrive early next week. I may check out the "One shot one kill" book later.

September 12, 2007, 10:02 PM
I don't know, but I do have Carlo's autograph. :neener:

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