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Chickenhawk by Robert Mason ISBN 13: 9780140072181

ISBN 10: 0140072187

Paperback; New York, New York, U.s.a.: Penguin Books, 1984-09-04; ISBN-13: 978-0140072181

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. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. 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. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. 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 Mason

Penguin Books. Paperback. GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, 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

Penguin (Non-Classics). Used - Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin (Non-Classics). Used - Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

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Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Penguin (Non-Classics), 1984-09-04. Paperback. Good.

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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

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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Good. pb mm clean text spine creased, tanned inside of front cover

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

Penguin Books. Used - Good. Good condition.

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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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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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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1983. Book. Very Good-. Mass Market Paperback. Very good - mass market paperback. May be some rubbing or minor shelfwear but overall a nice clean tight copy..

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

  • Edition: As stated, published in Penguin Books in 1984
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  • ISBN: 0140072187 / 9780140072181
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Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1983. As stated, published in Penguin Books in 1984. Softcover. Fair Condition. Text is clean, pages are no longer white and crisp. Binding is tight and solid. One corner crease to UR corner of front cover, minor shelving wear to spine head and tail. 476 pp. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Military & Warfare; Vietnam; History. ISBN: 0140072187. ISBN/EAN: 9780140072181. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 1561002858. . 9780140072181

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

Penguin Books, 1984. very good trade paperback. 1984. Some minor creasing.. Trade Paperback. Very Good.

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Chickenhawk

Mason, Robert

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  • ISBN: 0140072187 / 9780140072181
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New York: Penguin Books, 1984. First Paperbk? Edition. fair to good. pocket paperbk, 476, wraps, illus., map, some darkening to text, discoloration inside covers Vivid and accurate descriptions of helicopter flying in combat during the Vietnam War.

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