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Body Count Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1988

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Laurel (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440200938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440200932
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Suncruiser on February 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
William Kelly Turner Huggett, 65, died in Miami, Florida, August 31, 2004. He was graduated from Emory University with a double major in history and political science, joined the Marines because he wanted to serve his country, and was awarded the bronze star for heroism in Vietnam as a 2nd Lt. His book "Body Count", published by Putnam in 1974, was based on his personal experiences in the Marines and in Vietnam, and was written while he was in law school at the University of Florida. I first met "Bill", or "Huggett" as he was called by friends, during a small dinner at a friends home in 1977. When he found out that I had served three tours in "Nam", he went out to his car, and came back in with a copy of "Body Count" which he autographed for me. I still have the book. He was married with two children, and practiced Admirality and Maritime law in Miami. Huggett was among the most energetic and magnetic personalities I ever had the pleasure to know. Semper Fi.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought I'd read them all, all that were any good that is...Then I picked up BODY COUNT. Notice it was published in 1974: right between the "peace treaty" and the full-scale final communist invasion of South Vietnam. So maybe this is one of the first post-Vietnam novels. Yet it is still hot from the years of heaviest fighting by U.S. troops. My Dell edition doesn't give infomation on the author, but the story is so authentically written that he must have first hand experience on his subject. This is the ultimate platoon diary. There is dirt, sweat, and blood on these pages. There is the tedious labor of day to day survival in the bush to the excessive gratifications of long awaited RnRs. The author is not content to simply relate the events of the platoon; he builds his story and the characters may grow, die, or stubbornly do neither. Since this is almost a contemporary piece, social problems like racism are accurately dealt with believable results. The death of two characters in their listening post is at once horrific and beautiful-you'll have to read the book to understand what I mean. BODY COUNT is now at the top of my list of Vietnam novels. It is far better than most of the better known authors books on the war, so find it if you can.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patty Galvan on February 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What an eye opener. I have read this book twice. The first time I read it was an eye opening experience for me. Being born in '63, I wasn't really aware of the war going on in Vietnam. My parents never allowed me to watch the news and to be honest- I wasn't much interested in the news. I knew that my favorite uncle went away and came back a long time later but didn't understand why. The day he came back I remember hearing him and my parents talking after I was suppose to be asleep. I heard words like "tunnel rat" and mortars and someting about a hill. When I asked where he had been my mom cut me off and changed the subject. To this day, I am not allowed to ask him any questions about his time in Vietnam. I did know that he was a Marine (whatever that meant). I have since learned through my mom that he was involve in Hill 881, but no details are forthcoming. Since reading "Body Count" the first time, I have read and studied many writings on the Vietnam War. This book is wonderfully written. The details are so graphic that I feel as if I was there with the soldiers through it all. Mr. Huggett followed Captain Hawkins through his "green" stage and we saw him become a fabulous leader and example to his men. It gave me a tiny window into the uncle that I love so very much. As I read this book, the face I saw was my uncle. The second time I read it,( I just finished it this morning), I gained new insight into the Marines. I became so involved in the book that last night I had dreams of being there with Captain Hawkins, Chief, Wilson, Big John and all the heroic characters of this wonderful book. I was deeply in my dreams when my 3 year old son woke me satnding by my bed.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book digs into the lives of some of the soldiers of the Vietnam War. It shows the hardships and what some of them did to cope with the harsh life in Vietnam. This is a very heart pounding novel that is about as good as it gets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a former Marine who spent the majority of his career in a Grunt Battalion, every time I read this book it takes me back to my time in the Corps. The author has developed amazing characters in this novel, so vivid that I swear I've known many of them, his recreation of day to day life in the corps had me was right on the money. Anybody who has ever wondered what life in the Marine Corps was like before "Political Correctness" came along this is a must read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl Haikara on June 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let tell you, this is one of the best novels I have ever read about war. Let me tell you it is increadibly realilistic (exept for a few parts) it is mind blowing in the war scenes. The last battle is amazing. The book is about some guys ina platoon during the Veitnam War. The main charicter is Hawlkins the new 2nd Letuinent of the platoon. It is also about Cheif an american indian who is fighting d'nam as they call it. Also they tell the story of two black men Carsyle and Wilson who are at the oposing ends of Black Power. The book tells of all their "adventures" in war, the rear, and R&R. Its increadibly interesting. Read this, if you can find it in a Used Book Store. It is WONDERFULL!
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