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A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle
     

A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle

by Gary D. Mitchell, Michael Hirsh, Douglas Valentine (Foreword by), Michael Hirsh
 

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In 1968, Gary Mitchell enlisted in the army and was sent to Vietnam, where he caught the eye of his superiors, who found that he excelled at long-distance shooting-a discovery that set him on the path to a new identity as a sniper.

During his time in Vietnam, American intelligence agents "borrowed" him from his Army unit and used him to carry out planned

Overview

In 1968, Gary Mitchell enlisted in the army and was sent to Vietnam, where he caught the eye of his superiors, who found that he excelled at long-distance shooting-a discovery that set him on the path to a new identity as a sniper.

During his time in Vietnam, American intelligence agents "borrowed" him from his Army unit and used him to carry out planned assassinations most likely as part of the covert Phoenix Program. But this is not just the story of a man at war; it's also about the war within the man, because the memories of his sniper missions followed him home-and nearly destroyed him.

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Publishers Weekly
A compelling, troubling story, this war memoir recounts the hellish experiences of an 18-year-old naif from Texas who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War only to find himself transformed into a part-time sniper. Mitchell served as an infantryman and as the commander of an armored recovery vehicle for most of his 1969-1970 tour, spending most of his time in the thick of the guerrilla war. Periodically, he would be plucked from his unit by a team of anonymous intelligence operatives (perhaps members of the CIA's Phoenix Program), handed a special sharpshooter's rifle, put on a helicopter and given a mission to stalk and kill someone. For respite, he was given three weeks of temporary duty working with dead American bodies at the Danang morgue. Mitchell survived the war, but soon after coming home he began suffering from terrifying nightmares and rages that would plague him for three decades. Mitchell tells his life story with the help of journalist Hirsh (None Braver), also a Vietnam veteran. Though the later sections dealing with Mitchell's efforts to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder are bogged down with repetitive details and long quotes, the authors' recounting of Mitchell's sniper missions are absolutely riveting. (Jan. 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451220516
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
474,974
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gary D. Mitchell served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star for Valor, two Purple Heart Medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge, and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Michael Hirsh was a combat correspondent with the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam, in 1966, where he earned the CIB. In 2002 he was embedded with Air Force Combat Search and Rescue forces in Operation Enduring Freedom to write None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism. Hirsh is a George Foster Peabody Award and Writers Guild Award winner, as well as an Emmy winning documentary producer and investigative reporter. He lives in Florida.

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