By Robert Mason

  • Release Date : 2012-09-30
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 2.26 MB
Score: 5.0
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Chickenhawk 'I read this as a young pilot about to embark on a career flying military helicopters. It should have put me off for life. Robert Mason tells a gripping account of the relentless courage and heroism amidst the insanity of the Vietnam war. The final few pages are the most shocking I have read in any book.' Tim Peake

A stunning book about the right stuff in the wrong war.

As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. Army gave him his chance. They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason gives us a devastating bird's eye-view of that war in all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man 'acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane,' says the New York Times, 'And we can't stop ourselves from identifying with it.'


  • Salute

    By KenCharman
    The best personal account of combat I’ve ever read. Pathos, humour, courage, tragedy. Many thanks to the author for bearing his humanity. Brilliant.
  • Great read

    By 1000 Cutts
    Very interesting book about flying a Huey in the Nam. Pretty graphic but the author needed to explain the horrors...
  • Brilliant

    By Decent space shooter
    This should be made into a film
  • Chicken hawk

    By London Apple User
    One of the best books I have ever read.
  • Chickenhawk

    By Griff888
    Read this in the early '80s, I remember it being a good book and now some 30+ years later it is still a good book
  • Chicken hawk

    By Clubs1
    A 'no punches pulled' graphic description of life as a young, heroic, helicopter pilot, during the Vietnam war. I read the book, during which, I felt the heat, smelt the rot of the jungle and the stench of death. I heard and felt the thud of the helicopter rotor blades and sank down in my chair, during the tight twists and turns through tree tops, into jungle clearings. I took cover when these manoeuvres were carried out under fire. I felt the frustrations of an enlisted man, living and working with, incompetent, commissioned officers. In fact, I could have done with some treatment for post traumatic stress disorder myself after reading the book.
  • #1

    By jas63
    best book I've ever read !
  • Brilliant book- read it!

    By Mohawksix
    Like I just said- read it!
  • A must read

    By Kingk2
    A true story about a helicopter pilot through training all the way to Vietnam. An excellent read.