By Robert Mason
A gorgeous e-book concerning the correct stuff within the flawed struggle. As a toddler, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a tender guy, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. military gave him his probability. They despatched him to Vietnam the place, among August 1965 and July 1966, he flew greater than 1,000 attack missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason offers us a devastating bird's eye-view of that battle in all its horror, as he reviews the accelerating terror, the more and more determined braveness of a guy 'acting out the function of a hero lengthy after he realises that the behavior of the conflict is insane,' says the recent York occasions, 'And we can't cease ourselves from deciding upon with it.'
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