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A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half. Chickenhawk has ratings and reviews. Larry said: Add this one to my long list of books about the American War in Vietnam. I am the right age to. Mar 28, The Paperback of the Chickenhawk by Robert Mason at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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But this is my first book that I have read that puts the reader in the chikcenhawk of the helicopter pilot, on the ground and in the air. Never got bored with it. The elite special operations chopper unit Night Stalker’s pilots i. He also doesn’t hide the impact the brutality had on his psyche.

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For other uses, see Chickenhawk. The beginnings of the post traumatic stress disorder are described so that all can understand what is going on and why. Its very title, comes from pages Early reviews were positive, including a glowing review in The New York Times. During the war about 12, helicopters were deployed by the United States military. Apr 20, Travis rated it it was amazing. roert


Other than that, Chickenhawk is a compelling read. Huey after Huey hovered to a landing.

He also has a great eye for some of the humorous, ludicrous and crazy aspects of men in war. In Augusthe was sentenced to five chickehhawk in a minimum-security prisonbut was allowed to remain free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction. Robert Mason wrote it in a way where even non-military personnel can understand what’s happening.


Over the course of the book, one comes to know Mason intimately, his buddies, and the drama and trauma experienced. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I never came to that fork in the road so will always wonder what I would have done if I was actually faced with that choice.

Apr 05, Martin Budd rated it it was amazing.

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. The accounting of these battles in the Ia Drang Valley by Moore and Galloway give credence to the brave efforts of young soldiers on the ground and the pilots and crew members of the many slicks that fed the battle with dust-offs, re-supply, and fresh incoming troops.

This is something that became lost in my view with regard to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of August Dec 17, Gerhard Bartmann rated it it was amazing. What, for instance, made him choose an illegal solution to his poverty, when other veterans and other poor people do not?

Actor Harrison Ford is a helicopter pilot and says that other chopper jocks often tell him he should read Chickenhawk Vietnam made an impression on those who fought there; Mason is writing about events and feelings years later and it seems like you are right there.


Mason points out repeatedly, that later American troops would fight to retake the same territory as it had won earlier, but at an increasing cost for the United States. As with a lot of Chickenhaqk veterans, his return from the war to civilian life was very difficult, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that lasted decades.

I am a pilot so I understand many of the details being told and the logistics and complexity of what they were doing in their helicopters.

While searching GR I found several excellent reviews of Chickenhawk. Riker, who knew where he was going, told me to turn left. I’ll remember passages of extreme violence and gore, and how common these eventually become. The story of a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam told by one who was there.

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chickenhxwk Sadly his homecoming was no more welcomed by society than my own. Though it appeared to be a victory, Mason questions what American strategy was as we killed the enemy at an increasing rate, but we would withdraw and not hold the land taken. My impression was that Leone thought I was the straightest wimp he’d run into. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.