Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

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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 ...

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Overview

“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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393310894
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 158,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Could Not Put It Down!!!

    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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Very good Book

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Must read for anyone interested in the war in Vietnam

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    This is a must read book on the Vietnam War. Check it out!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    An 'on the edge of your seat' book

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    Started to read it because I had too, finished because I loved it!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Great read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    Personal account

    Great read from a real down to earth hero.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    One of the best books of how a young man is introduced to reality!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    READ THE SAMPLE!

    I read the sample and i can say from those first44 pages that this is a great book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Great book

    One of the best books i have read on vietnam

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Excellent Read

    Excellent book. I have read several books about the Vietnam war and in my opinion, "The Killing Zone" has been the best book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended for any one alive during the early 60's!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Can ten year old read this

    Can a ten year old read this?

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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