One to Count Cadence

One to Count Cadence

by James Crumley


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ISBN-13: 9780394735597
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1987
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 939,976
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in South Texas. After serving three years in the U.S. Army and completing college degrees in history (BA, Texas College of Arts and Industries) and creative writing (MFA, University of Iowa), he joined the English faculty at the University of Montana at Missoula. He was also a visiting professor at a number of other institutions around the country, including the University of Texas at El Paso, Colorado State University, Reed College, and Carnegie-Mellon. His works include a novel of Vietnam, One to Count Cadence, and seven detective novels: The Wrong CaseThe Last Good Kiss, Dancing Bear, The Mexican Tree Duck, Bordersnakes, The Final Country, and The Right Madness. He died in Missoula in 2008.

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One to Count Cadence 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WoodstockBW More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 for the the author,he is a very high type journalist and creates very real characters.