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Chickenhawk (1983)

de Robert Mason

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With more than half a million copies sold, Robert Mason's Chickenhawk is one of the best-selling books ever written about the Vietnam War. Critically acclaimed for its unflinching detail, the book is hailed by The New York Times as "a hypnotic narrative" and by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam." Fascinated with flying from a young age, Mason earned his private pilot's license even before graduating high school. He enlisted in the Army in 1964 and endured an extremely challenging "weeding out" process in an effort to fly helicopters. Sent to Vietnam, he survived more than 1,000 air combat missions despite the violence and brutality exploding all around him. This completely honest account of one soldier's traumatic experiences provides a perspective often neglected in print and film--that of the helicopter pilot. Through L.J. Ganser's powerful narration, the shattering story of men who lived and flew in constant peril is vividly re-told.… (mais)
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    F.N.G. de Donald Bodey (sunking0426)
    sunking0426: another great account of life in war and fighting in Vietnam
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    Matterhorn de Karl Marlantes (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: A novel from the perspective of a US Marine Corps officer, written by a Vietnam vet. Though Matterhorn is nominally fiction, while Chickenhawk is memoir, it's hard, if not impossible, to tell which is which.
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The first book I trusted that started changing my thinking about the American engagement in Viet Nam. ( )
  dlinnen | Feb 3, 2024 |
Most first hand accounts of wars I have read are written by a somewhat amateur author. Not this one. Robert Mason infuses his terrifying tale with plenty of drama and humanity, and managed to write one of the best personal military history I have ever read.

Part of it is surely the subject matter, as I am a huge fan of aviation and its lore. And part of it is that I haven't yet read a lot about the Vietnam War.

But either way, I could not put this book down. Every mission seems to be even more dramatic than the last, and you can see Mason's flying and survival skills just barely keeping up with the challenge. You can also viscerally feel the surviver bias at work, with plenty of close calls and dead friends. It's terrifying and thrilling at the same time.

And towards the end, the book truly surprised me with a very frank account of PTSD and the life of a veteran, which I truly hadn't read anywhere else in this level of clarity.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Perhaps a bit depressing at times, but an utterly compelling story, and without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. ( )
  bastibe | Apr 15, 2023 |
Spot on description of the war. ( )
  captc2000 | Aug 18, 2022 |
I reread Robert Mason's Chickenhawk. This memoir of Robert Mason's tone as a Huey pilot flying Slicks in Vietnam provides his personal perspective on what his service was.

You See Mason a Warrant Officer grow as a pilot ABC also see him cling to his sanity by will and tranquilizers.

Robert Mason tells you the good and the bad of his time in Vietnam and his growing disillusionment with the war as it was fought and portrayed.

One of the best personal accounts I have read. ( )
  dsha67 | Jul 6, 2021 |
Chickenhawk is Robert Mason's narrative of his experiences as a "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. The book chronicles his enlistment, flight training, deployment to and experiences in Vietnam, and his experiences after returning from the war.
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. ( )
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 10, 2019 |
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Burrows, LarryCover photographautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
L. J. GanserNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Stuart, NeilDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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"I got it." The IP took over the controls. The engine and rotor rpm went back to the green. We drifted down from fifteen feet to three, pointed away from the sun and back to the tree, and moved back to the spot where we had started. I felt totally defeated. "Well, it's true what they say about you all right, ace." "What's that sir?" You're a natural." "A natural? Sir I was all over the field." "Don't worry about it, kid. We'll just keep practicing in smaller and smaller fields."
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With more than half a million copies sold, Robert Mason's Chickenhawk is one of the best-selling books ever written about the Vietnam War. Critically acclaimed for its unflinching detail, the book is hailed by The New York Times as "a hypnotic narrative" and by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam." Fascinated with flying from a young age, Mason earned his private pilot's license even before graduating high school. He enlisted in the Army in 1964 and endured an extremely challenging "weeding out" process in an effort to fly helicopters. Sent to Vietnam, he survived more than 1,000 air combat missions despite the violence and brutality exploding all around him. This completely honest account of one soldier's traumatic experiences provides a perspective often neglected in print and film--that of the helicopter pilot. Through L.J. Ganser's powerful narration, the shattering story of men who lived and flew in constant peril is vividly re-told.

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