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By Robert Mason

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Format: Paperback, 492 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 March 2005
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


About the Author

Robert Mason was born in 1942 and grew up on farms in New Jersey and Florida. His boyhood dream of becoming a pilot was finally realized when he earned his private pilot's license prior to his graduation from high school. After studying at the University of Florida from 1960 to 1962 and then working at a variety of jobs for the next two years, he enlisted in the army in 1963. He flew more than 1,000 helicopter combat missions in Vietnam before being discharged in 1968. He is now best-known as the author of Chickenhawk, universally regarded as one of the best books on the Vietnam war and a classic memoir of soldiering.


"Very simply the best book so far about Vietnam." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch "[Chickenhawk]'s vertical plunge into the thickets of madness will stune readers." -Time "Mason's gripping memoir . . . proves again that reality is more interesting, and often more terrifying, than fiction." -Los Angeles Times "More than any other writer, Mason has been able to capture the feeling of what it was like to be there." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "A hypnotic narrative." -The New York Times "Better than any movie about the war." -Boston Herald

EAN: 9780143035718
ISBN: 0143035711
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 19.76 x 13.06 x 2.39 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Brian Coughlan on
An account of the author's experiences as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war, "Chickenhawk" is a gritty, realistic story of what the Vietnam War was like through the eyes of a pilot.

The book balances the technical details with narative excellently, making it ideal for a wide reading audience. Anyone can enjoy this book, even with no prior knowledge of flying helicopters. It is a well written, at times, humorous, and real book.
geoff rolph on
This book was a great read and difficult to put down. It put you in the seat of the best helicopter in the the Vietnam War.
Ted Scott on
An excellent read for those who like to read of the exploits of the guys and gals in Vietnam during that time. You get a real feeling for the lifestyle that they had to put up with.

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