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My instructors in school told us about this book, which was just released at that time. They said it was a good book about the ASA, therefore I had high hopes for this book. I spent two years with the Vietnam War “in theatre”; one year with a 10 man advisory team (one of only 13 teams), so I know the reality. This book is simply about very intelligent, highly motivated people in the United States Military (the green machine) living in third-world countries tasked with a mission which was so much below their potential it was an embarrassment. (This statement was not true of the “real” ASA.) This book is not about Vietnam per se. This is a book about the attitudes of intelligent people faced with the realities of the failure of the institutions in which they had previously believed, and some of those same institutions now putting their lives at risk unnecessarily. In short, the men of the ASA could see through the “mickey mouse” of the Army and did not hold it as competent. This book makes this abundantly clear! In Basic training we were taught a simple rule to make life easy in the Army: There are 3 ways of doing anything – The right way, the wrong way, and THE ARMY WAY. How true! I do not recommend this book, although it is skillfully written.
I was a member of this infamous Unit from 1953-1955 .Mr Crumbly gives a good account of the general characteristics and intent of the general mood and motives of the personel of this outfit. They were great people almost to man . most were fairly intelligent,educated to a point. Ive read the book several times and alway find something I missed before.as for the the author,he is a very high type journalist and creates very real characters.