A true, bestselling 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. "Very simply the best book so far about Vietnam." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: Robert Mason
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-09-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
'I read this as a young pilot about to embark on a career flying military helicopters. It should have put me off for life. Robert Mason tells a gripping account of the relentless courage and heroism amidst the insanity of the Vietnam war. The final few pages are the most shocking I have read in any book.' Tim Peake A stunning book about the right stuff in the wrong war. As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. Army gave him his chance. They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason gives us a devastating bird's eye-view of that war in all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man 'acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane,' says the New York Times, 'And we can't stop ourselves from identifying with it.'
Author: Robert Mason
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 1984-01-02
Genre: Helicopter pilots
CHICKENHAWK contains the most vivid, astoundingly detailed descriptions of flying ever written. It is a devasting account of men at war, of courage and cowardice, boredom and exhilaration, lasting friendship and sudden death. Roberts Mason's war was supposed to bring the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese to their knees in short order. That it didn't is now part of history and for men like Robert Mason, the futility, the senseless destruction it caused to an ancient society, left scars that will never heal. CHICKENHAWK is not a book for weak stomachs, but its powerful message will stay in the memory long after the last page is turned.
Author: Robert Mason
Release Date: 2013-11-01
Here is the triumphant sequel to Robert Mason's bestselling account of his service as a chopper pilot in Vietnam. Chickenawk: Back in the World is a moving, no-holds-barred post-Vietnam memoir that reveals the war's shattering legacy in the heart and mind of a returning vet. When Robert Mason's first book was published in 1983, it was hailed as one of the finest personal evocations of Vietnam ever to appear in print. In fact, Chickenhawk is still in print, a book that continues to serve as a testament for an entire generation. But not even Mason's splendid debut will prepare you for the authority of Chickenhawk: Back in the World, his harrowing quest to find "the most significant thing I lost in that war—peace." Although Mason's return was at first promising—after leaving active combat duty he began instructing future helicopter pilots—it quickly spiraled downward: into bouts of panic and increasingly heavy drinking, adulterous love affairs, jobs he could never keep. At the spiral's bottom lay an epic ocean voyage in a small boat. Destination: Colombia; cargo: marijuana: payoff: capture and a twenty-month prison term. Mason recounts these events and his gradual healing from the wounds of Vietnam with caustic honesty, in powerful prose that conveys both the texture of despair and the hope that kept him going as he tied to maneuver through his own personal minefield. Above all, he writes with a bitter wisdom that makes this book an anthem for all those vets who lost a piece of themselves in Southeast Asia–and have spent a long, hard time trying to get it back.
In recent years, the question of war and sacrifice has been a major topic of political debate and controversy. If our country goes to war for reasons we endorse, what is our responsibility to share in its sacrifices? Does supporting a war mean serving in it? Does it mean encouraging our children to do so? Such questions have been posed by the so-called "chickenhawk" phenomenon: pro-war leaders and their pro-war children who call on Americans to assume the burden of war and its sacrifices, but avoid those sacrifices themselves. President Bush and other architects of the Iraq conflict were the most prominent chickenhawks. Cheyney C. Ryan argues that the chickenhawk issue is not just a matter of personalities—it will remain with us for a long time even though the Bush administration has left office. Ryan poses fundamental questions of war and personal sacrifice, pointing to the basic disconnection in American politics generally between the support for war and the willingness to assume its costs, which he calls "Alienated War." Calling for the reinvigoration of civic involvement, this illuminating and insightful book offers both a philosophical and historical exploration of America's citizen-soldier tradition and the consequences involved in separating the citizenry from the armed forces.
Author: Arnold Wolf
Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated
Release Date: 2008-01
Theodore aPakia Pakidorapopulos is a happily married man with a secreta]he enjoys having sex with young men and boys. He likes his double life, does not consider himself gay, and ridicules gay causes in his popular conservative magazine column. When he gets sick, however, everything changes. He believes heas infected with the AIDS virus, and his comfortable world comes apart as his illness, anger, and growing madness start to affect his work and family. He takes revenge on those he blames for making him sick by killing the young male prostitutes he solicits. Two cops from Manhattan North Homicide, Eddie Ramos and Tommy Cucitti, try to track him down, but how do you catch someone whoas managed to successfully keep his double life a secret for so long? Nothing comes easy in this case as the body count grows and the copsa jobs, reputations and lives are on the line.
New York City's mean streets have become a killing field and two homicide detectives hunt the crazed killer that's targeting young, male, Hispanic prostitutes. Things get complicated when politics and a crooked private investigator enter the fray. Eddie Ramos and his partner, Tommy Cucitti, are detectives in the elite squad known as Manhattan North Homicide. Eddie's an old-fashioned kind of cop; heck, Eddie's an old cop period, and he's put to the test when young men and boys start winding up dead all over his town, young men and boys that share a common source of livelihood...they're all prostitutes. Eddie Ramos doesn't like cell phones or computers; he trusts paperwork, procedure, and his instincts. He's been married to his childhood sweetheart for thirty years, he's a family man, a church-going Catholic, and he still carries the same 5-shot revolver they gave him when he graduated from the academy. Tommy Cucitti is younger, brasher, more of a hothead and usually in trouble. He knows computers and always carries his cell phone. He's single and lives with his street-wise, hotheaded Armenian girlfriend; Daphne. Tommy and Eddie are two different kinds of men that are the same kind of cop; dedicated, hardworking and resourceful. They're after a serial killer that manages to stay below their radar while the body count keeps climbing in a city that's turning into a powder keg. -- Arnaldo Lopez Jr.
What happens when a two-billion-dollar weapon goes AWOL? Weapon is the story of Solo, a robot created as the ultimate killing machine. There's just one problem—the weapon reuses to kill on command. At 6'2" and 300 pounds of titanium and electronic circuits, Solo is the latest in weapon technology and artificial intelligence. Equipped with telescopic, microscopic and infrared vision, the strength of thirty men and reflexes beyond those of any Olympic athlete, Solo also has a brain. Bill Stewart, the gawky co-owner of Electron Dynamics, has created the thing most computer engineers only dream of: a machine that can learn. Sent on a trial in Costa Rica with Bill and flag-waving, leather-assed General Clyde Haynes, Solo monitors a Pentagon transmission ordering him shipped back to Florida for reprogramming. In a spectacular helicopter chase beneath the jungle canopy, Solo crashes his chopper, crawls out of the wreckage and, as his batteries begin to run out, escapes across the border into Nicaragua. There he's discovered by a band of campesinos who hook him up to their portable generator and recharge him. The robot brings Yanqui ingenuity to the tiny village of Las Cruzas and, in return, learns about friendship. He discovers he'd rather study the mythic rituals of Los Indios than war, but he knows he's being tracked by an elite CIA death squad. This highly trained team of ruthless men is determined to retrieve one of our most expensive pieces of weaponry at any cost, even if it means annihilating the village and all its inhabitants. Meanwhile, Las Cruzas is also under siege in the civil war that continues to rage in Nicaragua. A Contra brigade attacks the town—and meets a shocking defense. Robert Mason, author of the New York Times bestselling Vietnam War memoir, Chickenhawk, enters entirely new territory in a smashing fiction debut.
Author: Neil Sheehan
Release Date: 2009-10-20
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, renowned journalist Neil Sheehan tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann–"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"–and of the tragedy that destroyed that country and the lives of so many Americans. Outspoken and fearless, John Paul Vann arrived in Vietnam in 1962, full of confidence in America's might and right to prevail. A Bright Shining Lie reveals the truth about the war in Vietnam as it unfolded before Vann's eyes: the arrogance and professional corruption of the U.S. military system of the 1960s, the incompetence and venality of the South Vietnamese army, the nightmare of death and destruction that began with the arrival of the American forces. Witnessing the arrogance and self-deception firsthand, Vann put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way. But by the time he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he once decried. He went to his grave believing that the war had been won. A haunting and critically acclaimed masterpiece, A Bright Shining Lie is a timeless account of the American experience in Vietnam–a work that is epic in scope, piercing in detail, and told with the keen understanding of a journalist who was actually there. Neil Sheehan' s classic serves as a stunning revelation for all who thought they understood the war. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Hugh L. Mills, Jr.
Publisher: Presidio Press
Release Date: 2009-01-16
The aeroscouts of the 1st Infantry Division had three words emblazoned on their unit patch: Low Level Hell. It was then and continues today as the perfect concise definition of what these intrepid aviators experienced as they ranged the skies of Vietnam from the Cambodian border to the Iron Triangle. The Outcasts, as they were known, flew low and slow, aerial eyes of the division in search of the enemy. Too often for longevity’s sake they found the Viet Cong and the fight was on. These young pilots (19-22 years old) “invented” the book as they went along. Praise for Low Level Hell “An absolutely splendid and engrossing book. The most compelling part is the accounts of his many air-to-ground engagements. There were moments when I literally held my breath.”—Dr. Charles H. Cureton, Chief Historian, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine (TRADOC) Command “Low Level Hell is the best ‘bird’s eye view’ of the helicopter war in Vietnam in print today. No volume better describes the feelings from the cockpit. Mills has captured the realities of a select group of aviators who shot craps with death on every mission.”—R.S. Maxham, Director, U.S. Army Aviation Museum
Author: Philip Caputo
Publisher: Picador USA
Release Date: 2017-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The 40th-anniversary edition of the classic Vietnam memoir—featured in the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—with a new foreword by Kevin Powers. In March of 1965, Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home—physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. A Rumor of War is far more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as the author writes, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to them." "Heartbreaking, terrifying, and enraging. It belongs to the literature of men at war."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
Solo, the combat robot hero from Weapon returns. His mission: to rescue his traumatically twisted mechanical twin, Nimrod, from its CIA trainers. But Nimrod has other plans. Safely ensconced in his jungle hideaway, Solo uplinks to the satellite network that circles the globe, and discovered an amazing fact. He's not alone. There's another one like him. Code-named Nimrod, it has the same extraordinary physical and computer-reasoning abilities as Solo. In all senses but the biological, the two are brothers, bound by a tie they share with no other creature on earth. Determined not to repeat the mistakes they made with Solo and its humanistic education, the Army is conditioning Nimrod with electronically induced pain reinforcement. in fact, they've created a monster. Instead of the unquestioningly obedient robot it appears to be, Nimrod is a brilliant paranoid, with no moral core and the strength of thirty men. It is more than superhuman, and ultimately, it is uncontrollable. Leaving his sanctuary, Solo hitches a ride in the bilge compartment of a banana boat and arrives in New York—the one place in America his satellites scans have told him a six-foot-two, three-hundred-pound, man-shaped machine covered in carbon fiber may pass unnoticed—and prepares to rescue Nimrod. But the Pentagon knows Solo will not be able to resist the temptation of a soul mate, and using Nimrod as bait, it lures Solo into a trap meant to destroy the robot. As Solo strategizes his assault, Nimrod quietly begins to discover its power, and to plot its own violent revenge. The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation, one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and once again establish Robert Mason as a unique master of high-tech adventure.