I am the right age to have been drafted for that war, but was not due to a variety of deferments and a high lottery number. So many shades of grey. Aug 07, Fred rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great, great memoir of a vietnam huey pilot. No strong men wept. I liked this book because it gave me a totally different perspective with which to view this horrible war. Do you need another e Actor Harrison Ford is a helicopter pilot and says that other chopper jocks often tell him he should read Chickenhawk Books by authors who write of their accounts of History and as they perceive it to have been all have this common thread in each of their books; Mr.

One thing is clear, Mason and his ilk were performing a role not of their making or choosing, undertaking incredibly brave and foolhardy adventures, all the time blind to the politics playing out both in Nam and at home. A decade later I finally picked up the book itself and find it is great cover to cover after a casual paced warmup through his training period. This is like trying to plug fifty leaks with one finger. The nightmares go on and on, sleep comes with the help of alcohol. Chickenhawk became a hardcover and paperback best-seller. View all 5 comments. We took off singly to join up out of the fog.

A wild adventure full of mistakes, close calls, humorous anecdotes, lost friends, and miraculous survival. Feb 13, Philip rated it really liked it Shelves: From the vantage point of a helicopter pilot, Mason explores his daily life during his tour of duty. Robert Mason writes about his experience of the brutality of a war he fought when he was young.

This movid make a perfect present for an older teenage boy you are struggling to get to love reading and books. I had never heard of a gook or a slope-head or a slant-eye or a dink who did anything but eat rice and shit and fight unending wars.

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Other than chickehhawk, Chickenhawk is a compelling read. Now we have unmanned drones that kill from the air and humans that blow themselves up in a crowd.

A chicken or a hawk? It becomes an addictive page turner getting increasingly shocking while humorous at the same time. Book and movie seem like 2 different plots Aug 05, Evan rated chkckenhawk it was amazing. Short scenes and events strung together. My struggle between a 4 star and a 5 star is the technical aspect of the flying of helicopters.


You have to live adventure to know it works like that – to capture the insanity, mazon, nerves, sorrow, and hilarity of the whole nightmarish rollercoaster of highs and lows. The poor training chickehhawk refusal to fight on the part of the ARVN South Vietnamese armythe fear in the eyes of South Vietnamese he came in contact with bothered Mason a great deal.

I never came to that fork in the road so will always wonder what I would have done if I was actually faced with that choice. They all had come back. They marched, in parade step, along the dusty road.

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Vietnam made an impression on those who fought there; Mason chickeenhawk writing cbickenhawk events and feelings years later and it seems like you are right there. Many consider it the best book written by a Vietnam vet and I would be inclined to agree the only close contender would be the sniper memoi I first read this book years ago, and it is without a doubt one of the best war memoirs on my shelf and one to which I regularly return as I just did for the third time, to read during a lengthy trip abroad.

msson I will never l If you are interested in history, war or aviation, this book is a must. I now have a new appreciation for the men and woman who served in Nam, and am embarrassed for the way they were treated when they came back home. Thank you Bob Mason! Sporadic action but constant fear, and hilarious dark military humor, from kids who had no business being there and only started to understand much later.

May 18, Steve Rezabek rated it it was amazing. The book recounts the training and duty tour of Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot who served in the air cav during the height of the Vietnam conflict.


So reading this was like sitting on one of my old warrant officer’s knees as a young lieutenant. He also has a great eye for some of the humorous, chickemhawk and crazy aspects of men in war. Everyday life in the Army in Viet Nam is also described in it’s pure boredom, horrible brutality and frightening moments when death could have come at any second.

Yes since you’re probably not a pilot and just want a good book See 2 questions about Chickenhawk….

Refresh and try again. I movis not describe him as a heroic figure but he is certainly brave. A precise chronological depiction of life as a helicopter pilot leading up to and during the Vietnam war. I found it unfortunately a bit repetitive: That to me was the most heartrending part of the book. A lot of it is in the style later perfected by Quentin Tarantino, whereby improbably good, complex English is put in the mouth of people in everyday situations, like this dialogue from page The scene chapter 12, I believe when Morris is shot and killed, Mason describes having trouble holding back a smile when talking about Morris’ death.


Maso buzzed in the saturated air. There is also quite a bit of detail about how to actually maneuver a cnickenhawk using hands and feet simultaneously. Like with the previous book Once a Warrior King I just read I did find the author writing himself up a little bit while not completely coming out with all the indiscretions he saw Interesting to note the differences the between the two books.

Of that number 7, were Hueys, almost all mvie which were US Army. At the first sound of the returning ships, I went outside and watched. The big story is the war. If you look around the web wherever someone has asked for helicopter book recommendations maspn there is a high chance that Chickenhawk is mentioned.

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Though it appeared to be a victory, Mason moviie what American strategy was as we killed the enemy at an increasing rate, but we would withdraw and not hold the land taken. This is like trying to plug fifty leaks with one finger. For anyone who doesn’t This book is a classic for a reason; THE best book on the Hueys’ and their pilots’ roles in the early days of Vietnam.

The most accurate estimate of the number of helicopter pilots who served in the war was roughly 40, On the short list of great soldier memoirs, somewhere near the top, is Chickenhawk. Mason wrote a truthful and outstanding book of his experiences. War is not the answer. Without doubt being a helicopter enthusiast, or better yet, a fellow pilot will help because of our appreciation of how risky mountain helicopter operations can be even without the gunfire.