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Join Marines Jack Armstrong and his unpredictable buddy Gearheardt as the war is cooked up at a White House pizza party, then as President Larry Bob Jones is forced to send the boys on a secret mission with anti-war movie star Barbonella to stop a war that has quickly gotten out of hand. Their trip to Hanoi takes them through deadly combat in South Vietnam and a series of wild misadventures. Not since Catch-22 has there been such a laugh-out-loud anti-epic that captures so brilliantly the absurdity of modern war.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765349868
  • 9780765349866

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"Set during a pivotal time in U.S. history and populated by a bizarre cast of characters, Phillip Jennings' zany novel is cynical, fast-paced, irreverent, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining." -Bob Kerrey "Just when you thought it was safe to stop reading novels about the Vietnam War, along comes Phillip Jennings with "Nam-A-Rama." . . . a wild, original and often hilarious ride from its opening sentence to the last. . . . [a] weird, painfully funny, wonderful book." -Christopher Buckley ""Nam-A-Rama" is a dazzlingly inventive novel of an epic American adventure abroad run totally amuck, a work that demands your full attention from start to finish." -Nicholas A. Basbanes "Jennings has done a big service to all of us Vietnam vets and anyone else who was touched by that conflict. He has written a book that hacks its way through the dark tangle of the Vietnam War with a blade that flashes with comedy. One of the most bizarrely profound aspects of the human condition is the way horror and hilarity can intimately embrace. To capture that truth in fiction may be the toughest stunt of all. Phillip Jennings does that, and does it brilliantly." -Robert Olen Butler ""Nam-A-Rama" is a wild piece of work, a sustained vaudeville softshoe on the most rollicking, ugly topic. Very, very funny, ribald, raunchy and smart." -Stewart O'Nan
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About Phillip Jennings

Phillip Jennings left the Marines as a captain and subsequently flew for Air America in Laos. He won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society short fiction award in 1998. He has a degree in business administration and is the CEO of Mayfair Capital Partners. He was recently proud and honored to swear his youngest son into the USMC. He lives in Kirkland, WA.
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118 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 25% (30)
4 31% (36)
3 26% (31)
2 14% (16)
1 4% (5)
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