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Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding Book _ Buy It

By far, one of the best military books I have read in the last several years. I am a veteran, so it takes a lot for me to say that, and I was in Saigon, so this is coming from someone who lived with a lot of anger for a long time. More than any work, Tiger Force helped ...
By far, one of the best military books I have read in the last several years. I am a veteran, so it takes a lot for me to say that, and I was in Saigon, so this is coming from someone who lived with a lot of anger for a long time. More than any work, Tiger Force helped break down and explain the American military strategy in Vietnam, and in the end, why it failed. This is based on hundreds of Army CID investigations records of the longest war-crime case of the Vietnam era. This story is based on the soldiers' own words from this investigation -- not from someone trying to remember. This is in their own words and it's chilling. This is about a platoon that completely went over the edge and into the abyss, killing hundreds of Vietnamese. I know there will be a lot of people who will be hand wringing and mad as hell that these events were brought to light, but you know? The truth hurts and they should get used to it. The most incredible part of this book is that the records were initially given to the reporters/authors by Henry Tufts, the man who founded the Army's CID. There was a reason he did this -- so for one moment, just try to think about why an outstanding officer and noted Army colonel would have unburdened himself of these records. Because he wanted the truth to come out. Now, it has.

posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2006

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12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Don't buy this book- not worth your time or money

This is a really terrible book. It is an attempt by two authors forty years after the fact to describe so called factual events from during the Vietnam War. The premise of the book rests upon the supposed exploits of a squad or platoon of men (approx 10-40 men, based ...
This is a really terrible book. It is an attempt by two authors forty years after the fact to describe so called factual events from during the Vietnam War. The premise of the book rests upon the supposed exploits of a squad or platoon of men (approx 10-40 men, based on unit strength) that acted under orders to clear a free fire zone in 1968. The authors attempt to graphically expose various crimes such as civilian atrocities. The worst they come up with is a baby was killed and mutilated. Regrettable, but bad things happen in war. Left unmentioned by the authors are the atrocities performed by the Vietnamese on their own people (Hue, VC indoctrination squads etc)as well as on captured US soldiers. The emphasis in the book is...US all bad, Vietnamese a friendly innocent peace loving people. The two authors are another example of after the fact armchair journalists who attempt to judge the actions of others through their own skewed visions and present them as so called facts. In closing, I'm not trying to justify any sort of wrongdoing on the part of US forces, but I think the authors should have more of a balanced perspective. All they manage to do with this book is discredit all those who went and served honorably. I urge you not to buy this book.

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    What are you trying to hide?

    Are you kidding me? Were you there killing innocent civilians, women and children, and now you're trying to excuse the atrocity? Yes any time innocent people are killed ON PURPOSE it's an atrocity. I guess that your message is that we should just 'kill anything that moves' in Iraq as well, after all it's a free fire zone, and the enemy is beheading Americans, so let's just go in and rape and murder every last one of them, who cares if they're 2 years old! 2 YEARS OLD!!!!!!! I'll be damned. I never thought I'd hear an American defend murder, rape, and torture.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Fascinating

    Fascinating book to read. Extremely well researched. Difficult subject to write about but done very well.

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