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Posted March 4, 2006
We had our 'Naked and the Dead' with 'Better times than These', our 'Guadalcanal Diary' with 'We Were Soldiers Once and Young'. Now we've finally got our very own 'Catch-22' with 'Of Rice and Men'. It's a very funny and insightful story of one man and his tour of duty as a translater with a civil affairs unit up in Hue City. Well at least the central character, Guy Lopaca, thought he was a translater till his CO has him delivering 'Miracle Rice' that the 'Yards don't want to plant nor grow because it tastes awful so they end up selling it to the NVA. The story illustrates the stupidity of the military with bewildered humor and the futility of trying to make sense of why we were there to begin with. There's even a profane, germane Christmas Carol that B&N won't let me enter here . If you were there get this book and read it...hell, get it and read it even if you weren't there. You won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.