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9780140072181 - Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

ISBN 10: 0140072187

Paperback; New York, New York, U.s.a.: Penguin Books, 1984-09-04;

Title of Review: "Helicopter Combat At It's Best"! june 12, 2009 Written by Bernie Weisz Vietnam Historian e mail address:BernWei1@aol.com Pembroke Pines, Florida This book abruptly puts you in the cockpit of a Huey Gunship helicopter during the early days (1966) of the Vietnam War. Robert Mason, in "Chickenhawk" takes you on a graphic month by month tour of helicopter duty starting in August, 1965 and concludes with Mason's disillusionment with a war that would ultimately claim more than 65,000 American lives. Mason vividly elucidates his paralyzing bouts of P.T.S.D., alcoholism and ultimately, like other returning Vietnam Veterans, unemployment upon return to civilian life. Hence is the tie in to his second book, "Chickenhawk: Back in the World: Life After Vietnam". As the reader discovers in Mason's second installment, he descends into criminal activity and lives the life of a drug smuggler transferring his military skills to illegal gains. Needless to say, it is interesting to note Mason's gradual change from an aggressive "pro-war hawk" supporting wholeheartedly the Vietnam War to his change after his D.E.R.O.S (military slang for "Date of Estimated Return from Overseas Service, i.e. when a soldier returns from his Vietnam tour and goes back to "The World" (the U.S.). Upon Mason's early days of adjustment transitioning from flying combat missions to the boredom of civilian life, he describes paralyzing anxiety of dying, P.T.S.D., and flashbacks of the war. For his flashbacks Mason condescendingly brands himself a "chicken". That's why he named this book "Chickenhawk". Mason was a soldier in regards to his exterior. However, his "insides" (being a coward) and his "outsides" didn't match! Mason angrily asks the reader a question he has been perplexed with for years: "Why didn't the South Vietnamese fight the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese like the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army fought the South Vietnamese? Mason asserted that without the support of "our allies" (the South Vietnamese) the U.S. was going to (and ultimately did) lose the war. However, since it was blatantly obvious to everyone that the South Vietnamese for the most part were corrupt and couldn't care less about victory, why was the U.S. there in the first place and continued until 1973 to fight a war that could not be won? Mason insists in "Chickenhawk" that the people in Washington must have known this. The signs were too obvious. Most American plans were leaked to the V.C. and N.V.A. . The South Vietnamese Army was rife with reluctant combatants, mutinies,and corruption. Mason wrote about an incident where an A.R.V.N. detachment of soldiers at Danang in I Corps squared off in a pitched firefight with South Vietnamese Marines! There was the ubiquitous South Vietnamese sentiment that North Vietnam, with it's leader, Ho Chi Minh, would persevere to victory. Regardless, all these ideas are intertwined in a personal story chock full of raging madness, frightening extractions of wounded being dusted off, fierce combat and death. This is one book I will reread many times!


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Chickenhawk

Robert C. Mason

Penguin Publishing Group, 1984. Paperback. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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Chickenhawk

Robert C. Mason

Penguin Publishing Group, 1984. Paperback. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin Books. Paperback. POOR. Noticeably used book. Heavy wear to cover. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Penguin Books. A Mass Market Paperback. 0140072187 Good, or Maybe Better . Good. 1984.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin (Non-Classics), September 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Used - Acceptable. First book has a $3 shipping fee, there is no additional shipping fee for addition books from our store. All of our books are in clean, readable condition (unless noted otherwise). We do not accept books with water damage, strong smoke smell, or just plain beat up. Our books generally have a store sticker on the inside cover with our in store pricing. If the edges are starting to get wore, but the book is otherwise in good condition, we may have clear tape reinforcing the edges. Being used books, some of them may have writing inside the cover. If you need more details about a certain book, you can always give us a call as well 920-734-8908.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert C.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin (Non-Classics), September 1984. Mass Market Paperback . Used Very Good. We carry new and used books in our storefront. We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. Please contact us if you have questions regarding this item.

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CHICKENHAWK

ROBERT MASON

PENGUIN. GOOD CONDITION. MASS MARKET.

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

Penguin Books, 1984. Mass Market Paperback Paperback. FAIR/NOT ISSUED. • Binding: Mass Market Paperback • 1984 • Clean tanned pages. Back cover has a clipped corner.Last page has a small tear. •

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Chickenhawk

ROBERT MASON

Penguin (Non-Classics), September 1984. Trade Paperback. Good - Trade. Stock photos may not look exactly like the book.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

1984. Soft Cover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library Copy.Trade Paperback Edition.Good Copy.Binding Is Solid.Text Unmarked.Not Ex-Library Copy.Corners Slightly Bumped.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin (Non-Classics), September 1984. Paper Back . 3 PB standard 50%.

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Chickenhawk

MASON, ROBERT

Penguin Books, New York: . Softcover. Good condition. A shattering personal account of the helicopter war in Vietnam. Robert is a veteran of more than one thousand combat missions as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. This is his astounding personal story of men at war. The staggering descriptions cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence (the mixed emotions of a "chickenhawk"), the savagery and compassion, the raging madness and quiet insights, the lasting friendship and sudden death. Here is the straight-from-the-shoulder, electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. "Very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch ISBN: 0140072187.

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

Penguin Books. Used - Very Good. Very Good condition. Owner's name on endpage.

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

New York: Penguin, 1983. Very Good/No DJ. 12mo = 7-9". Trade Paperback. Foreign Wars.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

USA: Penguin Books, 9-04. Paperback. Very Good. "VERY SIMPLY THE BEST BOOK SO FAR OUT OF VIETNAM"-ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Robert Mason is a veteran of more than one thousand combat missions as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. This is his astounding personal story of men at war. The staggering descriptions cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence (the mixed emotions of a "chickenhawk"), the savagery and compassion, the raging madness and quiet insights, the lasting friendship and sudden death. ~ Here is the straight-from-the-shoulder, electri- fying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. ISBN 0-1400-7218-7 08-02-18

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Penguin Books, 1984-09-04. Paperback. Like New. Publisher: Ny: Penguin, 1984 Binding: Unknown Mass Market Paperback Condition: Fine Description: FineMass Market Paperback. Fine 1st Print. ISBN: 0140072187. MI 5 10032.

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