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  • File Size: 6974 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: June Collins; 1 edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B265ZI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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June Collins made international news headlines in 1969 when she became a whistle-blower and testified before a U.S. Senate Committee. An ex exotic-dancer / rock-band agent, she pointed the finger at a group of corrupt American Army sergeants who managed the military clubs and made millions during the Vietnam war by demanding kickbacks from all booking agents and sales people. Hated by some, she was called a heroine by many and became part of the history of the Vietnam War. The Khaki Mafia, a slightly fictionalized account of the events became one of the best selling books on Vietnam. It was co-authored with Robin Moore (author The French Connection.)
The Khaki Mafia was only the first of June's books about the Vietnam war. She has since written two true stories; Goodbye Junie Moon and a sequel,Junie Moon Rising.

During her many years living in Asia, June had become appalled by the plight of the abandoned street children. She later adopted six children, ranging in age from 3 to 13, from India, Korea, Columbia and the USA.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Robert Peter Thompson on January 8, 2013
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June Collins takes the reader into a world many of us have never heard about: Corruption in the Army clubs and entertainment system during the Vietnam War, so vast, it boggles the mind. From a fascinating yet humble upbringing in small towns and rural Australia, we get to know the author from her early girlhood dreams and personal tragedy, to her life as a struggling sheep rancher, dance club entertainer and eventually a dancer in strip shows. She rejects the later and sets out on a fateful adventure to 1960's Vietnam as a booking agent for foreign bands that are there to entertain the troops.

As a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, I was unaware of the level of corruption and "kick backs" which the author exposes in this fine book. We didn't have access to most of the entertainment and clubs that this story involves. Artfully and intelligently written; "Goodbye Junie Moon" keeps the reader interested with a format that sling-shots back and forth between her earlier upbringing and her 3 years working in Vietnam. Get ready for a wild ride - June Collins bares it all in her honest account of corruption, intrigue, danger and adventure in a world most have not heard about before. This is an illuminating book!

Robert Peter Thompson
Author of: "Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat"
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hope Ellis on August 7, 2012
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I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all it made me feel I was there. June had a life one usually only reads about in fiction, but this is not fiction. Her story before going to Vietnam was happy, sad, conservative, promiscuous, affluent, poverty stricken, a life of contrasts, a life that was a novel on its own. Then as a dancer in Philippines, Japan, Korea and Vietnam she grew in strength, giving us her readers a true picture of life and war. She is not only a heroine as a whistle blower, but a heroine and a mentor for anyone worried about stepping out of their own comfort zones. Hello June and congratulations.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Florida Bookworm on June 30, 2012
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There are plenty of books out there about the war in Vietnam, but few tell the story like this one. This is a memoir written by someone who was there, not as a soldier, but as an entertainer. June Collins is not afraid to show the seamier side of some of the people who were there to profit from the war, and to use anyone they had to to do so. This would seem like an unbelieveable tale, if it had not been documented by news stories and other sources. I for one am pleased to have read something that tells it like it was.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Author and Reviewer on November 16, 2012
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This is the memoir of a whistle-blower. I always admire people who can do this; take risks because they believe in what they are doing, exposing something they feel is just not right. This book is the story of one such whistle-blower, who exposed corruption during the Vietnam war. The war wasn't bad enough for this country; we lost 50,000 young men, yet some didn't want the war to ever end because it was, in effect, a cash cow. A certain group made lots of money by organizing and demanding kickbacks for anyone who was part of the effort to provide badly-needed entertainment to the soldiers. It ended with a Senate investigation in which June played a major part in exposing the corruption.

The book starts with a sex scene, which might be a good hook for some readers and not others. I thought it was risky to do that. Actually, it is the most graphic sex scene in the book. As such, I thought perhaps readers would be thinking they were getting one sort or a reading experience while it turned out not to be the case. But it sets up the story of June's plot to expose the corruption, and to do that, she uses her body to get close to one of the perpetrators. Turns out this particular guy isn't the worst offender, but he is an offender. June comes to care for this man, but still, she has a job to do.

The chapters go back and forth, starting with June's journey from Vietnam to Washington, and then back to her childhood. It was a bit like two stories, one chapter from childhood/growing up, then one from June's adult life, her experiences after leaving Australia to her dancing career in the Philippines, Manila, and throughout Asia and finally Viet Nam. I thought that was an interesting structure, rather than the strictly chronological.

It is an honest portrayal of her life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leila Summers on September 6, 2012
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An incredible story by an incredible woman! The author, June Collins, draws the reader into her fascinating world, seamlessly transferring between alternative chapters of growing up in Australia in the 50s and leading up to working as an entertainer for the troops in the Vietnam War. Her childhood, though fascinating in itself, is relevant to satisfy the curiosity of how June ended up where she did. I was awed at her bravery and empathy as she preferred to support the men in the thick of battle rather than sitting on the sidelines. June provides an authentic insider view into the Vietnam war from a different perspective which taught me more than any historical account. For that alone, the book is worth the read. However, there is so much more to be gained. This is a personal story, and June does not hold back, being extremely honest about her connections with married men as well as her occasional stripping. She does not judge anyone and accepted the war and all its horrors at face value, and as a reader, I held the same respect for her. Being a whistleblower and uncovering the corruption is just the cherry on top. This book is educational, entertaining, fascinating, heartfelt and the story is well crafted. Read it!
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