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Chickenhawk by Robert Mason, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 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 . Chickenhawk [Robert Mason] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror .

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At times when ferrying ARVN troops to a landing zone Mason had to be careful that once on the ground they would not turn and fire on his Huey. I would not describe him as a heroic figure but he is certainly brave. In no way does this diminish the significance of the book.

In addition, he pours his heart out about what he witnesses and cannot cope with. The troops on the ground undoubtedly had it far worse than the helicopter pilots did and the accounts of bodies piled up or soldiers missing limbs, was a constant refrain.

TIME, August 29, clipping, review 3.

Mason takes us step by step into the daily life of combat There is also quite a bit of detail about how to actually maneuver a helicopter using hands and feet simultaneously.

In any case, at odds with anything from Tim O’Brien who is a better writer.

What worlds apart we were!! Death is almost always gruesome as it is described by Robert Mason in this most gruesome book. The nightmares go on and on, sleep comes with the help of alcohol.


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Some xhickenhawk were peaceful, many were not. Where the character starts from training to completing flying training. Robert Mason helped me live that experience through chlckenhawk style and gripping memoir of that war. A really candid view from a bloke who like many others risked their lives in what was an unpopular war for many.

There is nothing that should worry any parent, but the book is an honest account of chickenhaw youn One of the very best books to come out of the Vietnam war. Do you need another endorsement? It felt like we were near the end of our wait on death row. Back in the Worldpublished in You can feel how the whole experience is changing him, and how the experiences get worse on him.

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It is way harder than patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. During the war about 12, helicopters were deployed by the United States military. However by completion I felt richly rewarded with lots of bits and pieces I knew before about the Vietnam War that are now connected. 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.

Product description Review “It will stun readers” Time “Compelling I cringe at the deliberate rudeness with which Bob was treated. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In earlywhile awaiting trial on the criminal charges, Mason learned that Viking Press had purchased Chickenhawk and started work on finishing the book. Everyday life in the Army in Viet Nam is also d I have owned this book for a long time but wasn’t ready to read it. The short story is that I was considering fleeing to Canada if I was drafted but never had to make that momentous decision that would have significantly changed my life. What I found most intriguing was how a regular guy who chose to fly in the army for a living began humbly enough, and then gets throw into the worst of the war instantly.


But as the days tumble by, you also begin to feel the toll of the accruing stress and strain, watching comrades and enemies dying, some by design and some by sheer happenstance. I guess I was spoiled by the glaring reviews and endorsements this book got and I was expecting more.

Mason spent a lot of time recounting all of this and I can speculate it was for his own sanity later.

The most accurate estimate of the number of helicopter pilots who served in the war was roughly 40, He didn’t tell Viking about the bust. If I sound just a little overwrought, I defy you to read this straightforward, in many ways underwrought, narrative and feel any differently While he was imprisoned, Chickenhawk had become a hardcover and paperback best-seller.

He decided to take a job sailing as a deckhand on a foot boat to Colombia. Enabled Average Customer Review: Now we were delinquent in our deaths. Mason provides an excellent description of how he learned chickenhaek to fly helicopters. In a very short but descriptive fashion we read of his training, early assignment to Ft.