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Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Written by Bernie Weisz e mail:BernWei1@aol.com Vietnam historian and book reviewer Pembroke Pines, Florida In searching for this book, I wondered if the "take-away" was in effect. Being a salesman myself, I know the effectiveness of using this technique to get someone to reach deep in their pockets to pay for a service or product that most people will immediately brush off as way too expensive. The "take-away" is a situation where you have an item of limited quantity or high price for sale and it's very rare, hard to get, it's creator is deceased, and it's not in production or defunct, etc. Finding the existence of John Stryker's book "Across The Fence", I was desperate to read it. I tried all local libraries. No result. I tried national libraries through "interlibrary loan". No go. I tried to buy it through the internet. The least expensive copy was over $100. Was the "take-away" in effect? Was it "that good" that it was worth $100? Then I read on the internet that Mr. Meyer wrote a sequel called "On The Ground". The results to obtain this was worse. No library nor internet seller carried this. I wanted to read this bad. I had read John Plaster's book "SOG", Frank Greco's book "Running Recon", Sedgewick Tourison's book "Secret Army, Secret War", William Shawcross's comprehensive "Sideshow" and finally Joe Parner's thrilling "SOG Medic-Stories from Vietnam and Over the Fence". Reading more on the internet, I came by the fact that John Meyer is currently an editor for the "North County Times" in Oceanside, Ca., where he writes occasional columns. First I tried to contact the publisher of his two books, "Real War Stories", only to find that they are defunct. Then, I called information in California and asked for the North County Times. Calling the newspaper, I asked with trepidation for Mr. Meyer. After a minute, a friendly voice came on the phone and said "can I help you?". Needless to say, after a very amicable conversation, financial arrangements were made, a check was sent, and lo and behold, I was the proud owner of both of Mr. Stryker's treasured books! You can read the other reviews to find out "a taste of this book", but I will add that Mr. Meyer's first book should be read with a 3-4 hour time block reserved. I planned on reading only a few paragraphs before I went to sleep, but the last page was finished as the sun was coming up several hours later! I was very shocked to read Mr. Meyer's mention in his introduction of David A. Maurer's book "The Dying Place", put out by Dell Publishing in 1986. I read that book that year and still own it. I do remember that when I read Mr. Maurer's book I reflected that he had a tremendous imagination and truly his writings were pure fiction and could have never happened". This is a very graphic view of the secret war in Vietnam that very few history books or ciriculums will mention. If you are a student of the Vietnam War or a historian of that era of American History, this is a book you simply cannot be without. The only tragedy here is that this book is not in every high school library and mandatory reading for any American History collegiate course! Find this book! More information about John S. Meyer can be found on his "Facebook" page or at the following web address: http://sogchronicles.com/