The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

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by Frederick Downs Jr.
     
 

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“The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army Times

Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the

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“The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army Times

Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393076066
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/17/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
81,207
File size:
780 KB

Meet the Author

Frederick Downs Jr. received four Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star with Valor, and the Silver Star for his service in the Vietnam War. He lives in Fort Washington, Maryland.

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Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the perface which just got me started, to the last word on page 237. It was action packed with what I think every man went through while they were in such a crappy that our government put them in. You could trust NO ONE, you never knew who the enemy was, where it was, or who it might be. Old lady old man or a 14 year old kid. This is my 19th book on the Vietnam War and I would have to say I think it was the best. I would love to meet Fredrick Downs one day. Jarrett Garrison Charlotte N.C.
Former_IFNO More than 1 year ago
I was a Vietnam veteran (as a Naval Aviator) and found this book to be a true representative of the ground action during the period. Highly recommended!
georgiatechron22 More than 1 year ago
Great book that describes the experience of the VN war from the eyes of the infantry soldier. Shocking and sad at times as the author describes the brutality of the war and the deaths and injuries experienced by the U.S. troops. This book is required reading for anyone attending West Point Military Academy. Once you read it you will understand why. I have read several books about the Vietnam War and this is one of the best.
Steve1955 More than 1 year ago
I barely know where to start. I could not put this book down once I started! Lt. Downs has 'been there - done that' and eloquently captured the drama, savagery, beauty and even humor that was Vietnam for the men who served there. I've read many books on the Vietnam war and I very strongly recommend 'The Killing Zone' without reservation of any sort. If you are a student of military conflict, want to know what your loved ones who served went through or are just curious about this war, this is the one book you must read. You will be a better person and have a much better understanding of what Delta Co and 'Delta One Six' experienced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was a great description of what the soldiers in Vietnam experienced. The book is full of action and detail as the author describes his 5 monthes in Viet Nam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful but seemingly underrated narrative of one mans experience filled with honesty and emotion of his time in the Vietnam War. I suggest it for anyone who'd like to get the GI's perspective of the war. ---Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to get a picture of what my father experienced while fighting in the army in Vietnam. I heard his stories growing up and committed them to memory. My dad died several years ago and this book did great justice to the combat stories he told. Thanks to the author for the memoriam to army service in Vietnam. I also appreciated the afterward. A great read and reminder of what we all owe to our veterans when we enjoy our freedoms in this country.
MagnaMan More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of how a young man goes into a war thinking of the glory and excitement and quickly finds out that death and misery are the two main parts of conflict. It is an inspiring story of how this man learns to use his knowledge and compassion to help others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have read on vietnam
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I have read several books about the Vietnam war and in my opinion, "The Killing Zone" has been the best book.
danm68 More than 1 year ago
Great read from a real down to earth hero.
Mark Akaba More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i can say from those first44 pages that this is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a wonderful example of honorable service and making the best of a bad situation. As a service member I can only hope to live up to the example set forward by LT Downs and his men.
Robert Myers More than 1 year ago
By far the best book i have ever read in my entire life. This book is very powerfull, i would recomend it to anymore interested in war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Sophomore in high school and was required to read this book for a project. I actually really enjoyed this book very much. I really like the fact that in this book a lot of war terminology was used, yet the author would always explain to the reader what each acronym, symbol, and phrase meant. My favorite part of the book would have to be the fact that the author often let us into his head so we as readers have a better understanding as to how he felt or what he was thinking in the time of the war. I highly recommend his book for anyone doing a project based on this topic or is just looking for a good read.
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docpancho71ejv More than 1 year ago
Perfect book for anyone who really wants to know what it was like fighting on the ground in Vietnam War. The hardships, lousy humid weather and above all what the people in Vietnam thought about the US service man fighting for them. The importance of the "Dust-Off" medevac's during a fire fight! Great Book! Worth reading even today. I recommend it to everyone!
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