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From the Hardcover edition.
"The stories . . . are vivid and timeless: : the North Vietnamese gunner who was so inept that the Mistys had a standing order not to shoot him; the pilot who dissuaded his new commander from launching night Misty missions by taking him on a night flight and surreptitiously switching on the outboard lights over heavy ground fire; the Misty custom of igniting their afterburners over POW sites, sending out a familiar booming noise that told the downed airmen they were not forgotten. [A] gripping narrative. . . . It's a fabulous read."
–The Washington Post
“This is a true story about real warriors–both those who came home and those who did not–and the legacy they left. The story of the Misty pilots fills a gap in our understanding of the Vietnam War, and reminds armchair tacticians what the true cost of war is, and who pays the price.”
–Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young
“Rip that Nintendo out of your kid’s hands and hand him Bury Us Upside Down! This outstanding book will give him insight into what real aerial combat, flown by real heroes, is like. Undoubtedly the best book of its type, Bury Us Upside Down is the truth writ bold and simple–the story of the men who fought the war flying the toughest missions imaginable, and their families. It is a book of heroes, and just reading it gives you insight into what a true hero feels.”
–Walter J. Boyne, former director, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
“With its great in-the-cockpit stories of the first jet-fighter combat forward air controllers, Bury Us Upside Down is an incredible account of how it all started. The reader will feel the G forces, the strain of avoiding ground fire, the satisfaction of a completed rescue, the black humor of combat-hardened pilots, and the effects on the families of those who didn’t return. But most of all the reader will feel proud America can produce such men.”
–Mark Berent, author of the Rolling Thunder series
“[A] thoroughly readable, absorbing history . . . a distinguished addition to Vietnam War aviation literature.”
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted September 5, 2012
I have always been aware of this type operation, but this book added a degree of personalization to what transpired. Overall, it was a pretty good read and properly gives long-overdue recognition and credit to a select handful of heroes.
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Posted October 31, 2006
Great story of Misty FACs, another little known group in American military history. But Don Shepperd needs to remember that without the enlisted guys-nobody gets off the ground. There were enlisted men who also worked extremely hard for Misty. Those enlisted men also thought very highly of John Haltigan and Roger Van Dyken, the Misty intel officers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2006
They were real people, young men drawn from all walks of life, eager to test their mettle in a profession where excellence is sometimes considered mediocre---that of an Air Force fighter pilot. They were also the men who volunteered to fly the most demanding mission the Air Force had to offer during the Vietnam War---a super secret operation code-named ¿Misty.¿ But the Misty pilots were husbands, fathers and family men as well, and while the story chronicles their daily acts of bravery in rich and exciting detail, it also paints a poignant picture of families that wait, sometimes in vain, for them to return. It is that well balanced duality of soaring heroism and enduring pain that makes this book so special. But be forewarned---this is not a book to browse or skim. If you open the cover, you will read it all---every page of it. It¿s that kind of book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2006
This is a gripping story on many levels. You don¿t need to be an Air Force jock to become consumed by this piece of military history. Shepperd and Newman relate a Vietnam story that few have heard of and far fewer have understood. This story of these gutsy fighter pilots and equally heroic families back home will grip you from page one with a rollercoaster of emotions regardless of your view of the Vietnam Conflict. You get to know the Misty pilots, how they trained, how they fought, and how they partied. Just as important you get a solid glimpse of what their families went through while they were with Misty and the pain, grief, and confusion shrouding the loss of some of them. Extreme care is taken to insure that you don¿t get lost in the military lingo. You¿ve probably seen Shepperd as the military expert on CNN and, like his appearances there, you want him to be the one to tell you this story because you know it will be straight forward, factual, and logically presented. Whether you are or were a member of the military, a family member of one, a history buff, or just someone who enjoys a great piece of nonfiction, you won¿t be disappointed in this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2006
Vietnam. We've seen the fictional movies, and the documentaries. We had perhaps a passing reference in High School history, but for those of us born in the 60's or beyond, it is tough to separate the Hollywood version from reality. Newman and Sheppard do a great job of personalizing the war by recounting the heroic efforts of the Misty pilots. With Father's day coming up, this book is sure to please. For those of you teaching US History, I would submit that books like this will do more for America¿s youth than most textbooks.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2006
Since I¿m seldom drawn to the Contemporary Military History aisle, I would never have randomly selected this book....which would have been a great pity.( Bury Us Upside Down came to me as a gift ) From the opening page , I was totally captivated by the story...Without an overabundance of detail and with fairly sparse dialogue, the Mistys were immediately familiar, real, and ¿ knowable.¿... Somehow ( and I am not quite sure how ), the authors unraveled the still confusing Viet Nam conflict - and the efforts to shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail ¿ into a readable, understandable story. ( Even the military acronyms provided no stumblingblocks ..) As for the elusive term ¿style¿, the simple and straitforward narrative was the perfect choice in presenting an endlessly convoluted scenario. It worked. From the beginning, I felt that I knew the Mistys as individuals. It must have been a real treasure-hunt researching this story. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves a good yarn about real people in extraordinary circumstances...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2006
After 27 years and 6,000 hours of flying fighters for the USAF.USN, USAFR and the Kansas ANG and 110 missions over Viet Nam, I have been there and done all that. But, I could not put the book done until I finished it. Extremely well written and documented. Tells the story from the Jock's point of view and from the sad life of all those left behind to wait. Brought me tears and laughter. You will love it very much. This is really a 10 start story. Ronald K. Williams, Fighter pilot, Colonel USAFRWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2006
For those of us who love non-fiction,history, and a little bit of mystery all rolled into one, this is a must read. Very easy to read, a story about everyday Americans who turn out to heros. Easy to read, it will make you feel proud to be an American.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2011
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