By (author) Robert Mason


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A true story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half a million copies of "Chickenhawk" have been sold since it was first published in 1983. Now with a new afterword by the author and photographs taken by him during the conflict, this straight-from-the-shoulder account tells the electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. This is Robert Mason's astounding personal story of men at war. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence, the quiet insights and raging madness, the lasting friendships and sudden death--the extreme emotions of a "chickenhawk" in constant danger.

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  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 124.46 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • 29 Mar 2005
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0143035711
  • 9780143035718
  • 40,297

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["Chickenhawk"]'s vertical plunge into the thickets of madness will stun readers. ("Time") Mason's gripping memoir ... proves again that reality is more interesting, and often more terrifying, than fiction. ("Los Angeles Times") Very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam. ("St. Louis Post-Dispatch")

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