Reviews

“A high-spirited, poignant story of brotherhood, sacrifice, and eternal youth. Tom Carhart takes us to the lost world of West Point more than a half century ago, and brings it back to life.”
—Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point’s Class of 1966

“This lively account of the caper by six West Point cadets to nab the U.S. Naval Academy’s goat mascot before the Army-Navy football game in 1965 is infused with humor as well as drama. The book also offers acute insights into life at the U.S. Military Academy during the years that American forces were escalating their commitment to the Vietnam War.”
—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters

“A true, bittersweet account of boys learning to be officers at West Point. Their immediate future is the war in Vietnam; their recreation is to steal Navy’s goat just before the Army-Navy game. Required reading for those who wish to wear the Army’s gray.”
—Bruce Lee, coauthor of Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement 

“This is a fascinating firsthand portrait of an impressive group of men who attended West Point during a tragic period in our country’s history.”
—Lucien N. Nedzi, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-Michigan)

“The tension, risk, and reward, are almost tangible. The Golden Fleece also captures, and so reminds us all of, the very high character qualities of honor, intelligence, commitment, and raw courage that are so routinely displayed by the young men and women who graduate from our national service academies every year.”
—Duncan L. Hunter, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-California)

“Think Catch-22 meets The West Point Story as cadets kidnap the Navy football mascot, a billy goat, by infiltrating a high-security area one night before the annual Army-Navy game. The problems overcome and the bittersweet results make for high drama.”
—Julian M. Olejniczak, author of To Be a Soldier: A Selective American Military History

“Tom Carhart has given us another entertaining read that I had difficulty putting down and very much hated to see come to an end. . . . He captures a great deal about the cadet cultures at the various military academies—the rigor and discipline of day-to-day cadet life, the lifelong friendships that develop through the sharing of difficult demands few young people ever experience, the culture of ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ that undergirds the ethos of the profession of arms, and the humor that is also very much a part of the lives of young military academy cadets.”
—Gen. Ronald H. Griffith, U.S. Army (Ret.) and former vice chief of staff–Army