A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half. Chickenhawk has ratings and reviews. Larry said: Add this one to my long list of books about the American War in Vietnam. I am the right age to. Mar 28, The Paperback of the Chickenhawk by Robert Mason at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.
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This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The last part of his Vietnam tour was with a unit called the Prospectors, and I guess I was spoiled by the glaring reviews and endorsements this book got and I was expecting more.
After his one-year tour of dutyMason became an instructor pilot at Fort Wolters, Texas. Mason wrote a truthful and outstanding book of his experiences. Reading through this torrential hell of the many valleys and outposts in Vietnam we the readers see chockenhawk deep truth to the cynicism behind the events as they occur.
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: A HELICOPTER PILOT’S DESCENT – Chicago Tribune
Dec 03, Aaron George rated it it was amazing. A direct, honest, unpretentious, highly-informative and well-written story — I couldn’t put it down until I was through. Knox agreed to shop the book to publishers.
Surely today’s helicopter pilots would enjoy technical and tactical comparisons of that era to their much advanced ships today. As with a lot of Vietnam veterans, his return from the war to civilian life was very difficult, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that lasted decades. It’s very raw, and very personal.
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: A HELICOPTER PILOT’S DESCENT
Its very title, comes from pages Mason spent his first jason in Vietnam clearing land for his unit’s airbase, after which he and his fellow pilots flew many missions to resupply the infantry and pick up wounded. He captures in detail the everyday training, missions, conversations, action, frivolity chifkenhawk mun Chickenhawk is widely touted as one of the best accounts of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a soldier serving there. There is a diagram at the beginning of the book of a helicopter with all the major parts named.
You can begin to understand the despair and subsequent descent into alcohol and wild behavior as they keep going back to take territory they had already taken before, with constant loss of friends.
Open Preview See a Problem? Guess that makes us chickens. The attitude that no doubt allowed him to survive the horrors of a helicopter pilot’s life in Vietnam keeps him from sounding humble even when he tries chivkenhawk do so, and this may serve to dilute the reader’s empathy.
The poor training and refusal to fight on the part of the ARVN South Vietnamese armythe fear in the eyes of South Vietnamese he came in contact with bothered Mason a great deal. Some of the rescues he pulled off were amazing.
Apr 03, Steven Z. I woud have been petrified! Aug 01, Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it. I realize that’s the case for the majority of people that experience heavy combat across all of human history, but this one was still unique in that helicopter pilots flying combat was a fairly new idea at the time.
He sailed to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile and served a one-year tour, nine months with the “First Cav”, the last three months with the 48th Aviation Company.
This beautiful and innocent girl on the other side of the world insisted that I call her Sally. Mason’s post-Vietnam activities were expanded upon in Mason’s sequel, Chickenhawk: Preview — Chickenhawk by Robert Mason. One of the very best books to come out of the Vietnam war. Oct 29, Jolene Tan rated it it was amazing. The New York Times. Kat This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I read their smiles as grimaces, not true happy smiles in the normal sense of the word, but more a combination of shock and horror and an inability to …more I read their smiles as grimaces, not true happy smiles in the normal sense of the word, but more a combination of shock and horror and an inability to process the situation appropriately.
Chickenhawk is widely touted as one of the best accounts of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a soldier serving there. The real stories are the individual actions and interactions between the men. Lists with This Book. Paperbackpages. Aug 05, Evan rated it it was amazing.
Back in the World”-which deals in greater detail with his postwar troubles and triumphs. Chickenhawk is a powerful account of a soldier following his dreams to fly helicopters and finding himself on the front line.
Johnson was ramping up the American commitment to save South Vietnam from communism. He also provides a useful amount of technical information about the problems that pilots faced and how they could maneuver their Hueys out of many tough situations.
At times when ferrying ARVN troops to a landing zone Mason had to be careful that once on chicienhawk ground they would not turn and fire on his Huey. It looks like the overall ratio is one in five. Just as I did we saw the phantom of a Huey cross immediately in front of us.
Mason did not tell anyone of his arrest, including his agent and his editor, until they finished the rest of the book and read the last page.
No old ladies cried. This is a very good account of fighting men in war, a short but exciting read.