Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam

Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam

by David Donovan Dr


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The memoir of a young American soldier who became the most powerful man in a remote rural district of Vietnam

In the spring of 1969, First Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war. But as he was the highest-ranking person in the entire district, his life there was far more complex than anyone could have imagined.

This is Donovan’s gripping account of combat missions and night ambushes in the swamps and jungles of the Delta; his heartrending tale of personal involvement with the culture and families in his charge; his humane introspection on his awesome responsibility as both warrior and king; and his stark reflections on the changes he saw in himself and his country upon his return to the United States.

“Donovan’s memoir . . . provides valuable documentation on a relatively obscure part of the American military effort—it describes how the war really worked on the front line of ‘Vietnamization,’ the training of local militia. His reflections on his own use of power raise serious and important questions about the American expierence in Vietnam.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345479075
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1986
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 773,531
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

David Donovan, born and raised in Georgia, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Shortly after college, he served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam. In 1974 Donovan received his PhD and later became a full professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is the author of Once a Warrior KingMurphy Station, and Counterinsurgency: What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget, and Needs to Know Today.

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