The Phoenix is a Strange Bird is a novel about two honest men caught in a war that has lost both glory and support, but nevertheless remains their mission. Advisors on a team providing assistance to a provincial government north of Saigon, the Colonel and the Captain face a weakened enemy that seldom shows its face, but manages to control the villages through terror at night. The two Americans devise a way to make pacification work. Success in a war that is winding-down has many enemies.
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This books looks at Vietnam from the point of view of American advisors at the end of the war, working to train the Vietnamese to defend themselves. Some sections are extremely funny; others quite touching. I recommend it to Vets, readers interested in the time period, and those soldiers in Afganistan trying to tell the friendlies from the enemy.
I know I should wait till I'm done reading to post. But I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this book. (My friend lent it to me while we were at her beach house this summer.) It's a simply written story, unlike other Vietnam War novels I've read (like, The Things They Carried), but still engaging. I really like the blend of humor and honesty, which I find interesting given the war-time setting. I can't wait to get back home to finish this book! I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a tale that will take you into another time (Vietnam war-era), and still hint towards timeless truths on the human condition.