Rescue under Fire: The Story of Dust off in Vietnam

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It is almost impossible to capture, in a single word, the enormous impact Dustoff had on the Vietnam War. However, John Cook has done it in a most compelling, sensititve manner. Here, for the first time, is one of the most incredible stories produced by Vietnam. This is the story of the men who risked everything to fly their evacuation helicopters into the teeth of the most intense fighting the war produced to achieve a single goal - evacuate the wounded. And that is what they did, day after day, night after ...
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Overview

It is almost impossible to capture, in a single word, the enormous impact Dustoff had on the Vietnam War. However, John Cook has done it in a most compelling, sensititve manner. Here, for the first time, is one of the most incredible stories produced by Vietnam. This is the story of the men who risked everything to fly their evacuation helicopters into the teeth of the most intense fighting the war produced to achieve a single goal - evacuate the wounded. And that is what they did, day after day, night after night, under every condition imaginable. They flew through enemy fire, cloud banks, monsoons, fog, and darkness to reach the wounded. When it was all over, the men of Dustoff had performed an unbelievable feat - hundreds of thousands of wounded had been snatched from the battlefield. After exhaustive research and countless interviews, John Cook has skillfully woven all the threads of this epic story into a seamless fabric of dedication, sacrifice and courage. While it reads with the smoothness and consistency of a first-rate novel, there is no fiction here. The Dustoff crews are real, these events happened and Cook provides the absolutely critical human dimension that makes this story come alive. John Cook is also the author of The Advisor: The Phoenix Program in Vietnam (available from Schiffer Publishing Ltd.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764304613
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: A Schiffer Military History Book Ser.
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 1,442,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    This book was fantastic. I could hardly put it down. I loved how

    This book was fantastic. I could hardly put it down. I loved how John Cook was able to merge history with the stories told by pilots, airmen, and soldiers about their experiences with Dust Off. I would also love to give this book 10 stars. One of the best books that I have read. It gave me times of joy and sorrow, I laughed and I cried. I would recommend this book for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Best I've Seen on Vietnam

    Rescue Under Fire was impossible to put down. John Cook actually put me on the battlefields of Vietnam. I was in the back of the Hueys as they flew, under fire, into the hot landing zones to rescue wounded Americans. This is a story that America never heard during the war and is only being told now. Cook is a natural story teller and he makes this story come alive. Where in the hell did we get men like this? Without question, the best I've ever read on Vietnam. Wish I could give it ten stars.

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