A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War
More than half a million copies of Chickenhawk have been sold since it was first published in 1983. Now with a new afterword by the author and photographs taken by him during the conflict, this straight-from-the-shoulder account tells the electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. This is Robert Mason’s astounding personal story of men at war. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence, the quiet insights and raging madness, the lasting friendships and sudden death—the extreme emotions of a "chickenhawk" in constant danger.
"Very simply the best book so far about Vietnam." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Gripping First Hand Story
I have many hours flying in the Bell Huey that Mason captained in Vietnam, and lived to tell the story. What is most remarkable about his heroic adventures is that over one thousand missions both rotorcraft and pilot required constant harmony while stressed far beyond the design limits of human and machinery. It's a great read and I'm reading it the second time in 20 years.