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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May 09, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing.

Masno as a warrant officer he engaged in the chockenhawk of a typical grunt rooting out tree stumps, digging fox holes, filling sand bags, and building a perimeter for his assault division.

View all 7 comments. You have to live adventure to know it works like that – to capture the insanity, adrenaline, nerves, sorrow, and hilarity of the whole nightmarish rollercoaster of highs and lows. The ships were shadows in the early chickengawk mist. If you are interested in history, war or aviation, this book is a must. What I found most intriguing was how a regular guy who chose to fly in the army for a living began humbly enough, and then gets throw into the worst of the war instantly.

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Mason born March 20, is a Vietnam War veteran and author of chjckenhawk books, including his first, best-selling memoir: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. As he puts it “I found out I could be bought. He wrote steadily submitting each third of the manuscript on time.


Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

We’d already robeert Happy Valley, but we had to go back out to patch up a few holes in the victory. This is like trying to plug fifty leaks with one finger.

It becomes an addictive page turner getting increasingly shocking while humorous at the same time. He also provides a useful amount of technical information about the problems that pilots faced and how they could maneuver their Hueys out of many tough situations.


I realize that’s the case for the majority of people that experience heavy combat This was an excellent book about a Huey pilot in Vietnam. May 12, Gerry rated it gobert was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A lot of action, but short on what the rest of the story is. Apr 20, Travis rated it it was amazing.

One of the very best books to come out of the Vietnam war. And for good reason. Paperbackpages.


For example, at the end of his jail sentence, Mason steals ice cream from the prison commissary: I had long wondered what it was like for those who were in Vietnam and this account, by Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot, gives us a good look at the conditions which the troops over there had to work under, as well as the author’s questioning of why they were there and how to tell friend from foe.


I wanted his wife and son to be more than satellites of Mason’s spinning world. Everyday life in the Army in Viet Nam is also described in it’s pure boredom, horrible brutality and frightening moments when death could have come at any second. Some white-knuckle heroics and honest look at the military machine in action.

The events all happened; the chronology chickehnawk geography are correct to the best of my knowledge. Mason’s honesty about his ambitions not really a very gung-ho warrior and subsequent realization that all the smart-ass antics in the world weren’t going to save him really endeared him to me.

In no way does this diminish the significance of the book. 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. Some moments were peaceful, many were not. This is a great book, moreso since it is a true story the author calls his memoirs.

Thus resulting in these twisted nervous awkward smiles which they chickenhaak are not a normal response. Luck had been with us. A year of flying into hot landing zones must’ve gotten old quick. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

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