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Chickenhawk: Back in the World: Life After Vietnam [NOOK Book]

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Here is the triumphant sequel to Robert Mason's bestselling account of his service as a chopper pilot in Vietnam. Chickenawk: Back in the World is a moving, no-holds-barred post-Vietnam memoir that reveals the war's shattering legacy in the heart and mind of a returning vet.

When Robert Mason's first book was published in 1983, it was hailed as one of the finest personal evocations of Vietnam ever to appear in print. In fact, Chickenhawk is ...
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Chickenhawk: Back in the World: Life After Vietnam

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Overview

Here is the triumphant sequel to Robert Mason's bestselling account of his service as a chopper pilot in Vietnam. Chickenawk: Back in the World is a moving, no-holds-barred post-Vietnam memoir that reveals the war's shattering legacy in the heart and mind of a returning vet.

When Robert Mason's first book was published in 1983, it was hailed as one of the finest personal evocations of Vietnam ever to appear in print. In fact, Chickenhawk is still in print, a book that continues to serve as a testament for an entire generation. But not even Mason's splendid debut will prepare you for the authority of Chickenhawk: Back in the World, his harrowing quest to find "the most significant thing I lost in that war—peace."

Although Mason's return was at first promising—after leaving active combat duty he began instructing future helicopter pilots—it quickly spiraled downward: into bouts of panic and increasingly heavy drinking, adulterous love affairs, jobs he could never keep. At the spiral's bottom lay an epic ocean voyage in a small boat. Destination: Colombia; cargo: marijuana: payoff: capture and a twenty-month prison term.

Mason recounts these events and his gradual healing from the wounds of Vietnam with caustic honesty, in powerful prose that conveys both the texture of despair and the hope that kept him going as he tied to maneuver through his own personal minefield. Above all, he writes with a bitter wisdom that makes this book an anthem for all those vets who lost a piece of themselves in Southeast Asia–and have spent a long, hard time trying to get it back.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483511481
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 176,311
  • File size: 518 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    what a real hero is about

    outstanding book by a outstanding man this man shows us what a true hero is, Vietnam ruined so many of our young mens lives,to see someone who will talk about it is good,all of america needs to know what these men went through for their country

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    Life after Nam

    I read this book when it was first published in 1993. It is a great follow-up book to ChickenHawk, Published 1983. Both works tell it like is, in a no holds barred and humorous way. I recomend them both. Also, does anyone know if he has any more titles to his credit? I have searched without luck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    Best of the VietNam authors.

    Robert C. Mason tells it like he did it.Most truthful book on what its like upon return from Hell.Read about his further nightmares,and about a man who stayed with it, not giving an inch,until discovery of the answer to his lifes mysteries. Excellant reading.Best of reading.Robert C.Mason is a man that does not give up.

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