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Tailwind: A true story Hardcover – 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Word Books (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849903416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849903410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Good book I read 15 yrs. ago. I have recently learned from a friend, the brother of a"Tailwind" participent Green Beret, SOG sargent. The here-un-named Green Beret told the brother that -- the author-- --Lt. Van Buskirk-- was NOT allowed to include some 400 pgs. of text due to NSA restrictions. One wonders, to this day, if anyone can tell the truth about "Operation Tailwind."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
His present notoriety will polarize readers. Read 3 books: Plaster's "SOG", Tailwind, and "Achilles in Vietnam." RVB's tales are fun, engrossing, but are also completely filling the space between fact and fantasy. I met him just before the CNN debacle and heard the rest of his life. As a Regular Army physician who attended Command and General Staff College, I could relate to many of his experiences - but so many are so hyperinflated that it is incomprehensible to me how CNN could believe the "nerve gas" additions made to RBV's Tailwind tale. For fact, read "SOG". For fun, read "Tailwind". RVB is, I believe, a true born again Christian - yet...why would he as such lend credibility to CNN's BS? Now read "Achilles in Vietnam". Bob is definitely not a rigorous historian baring all to light; but he is neither as evil as his ex-comrades feel, when seen through the lens of "Achilles". His house, den, his life revolves around his VN service; yet he has tossed this away. Why?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Hobson Jr. on May 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book about Bob, a Green Beret in the army and a survivor of the Vietnam War. This book follows Bob throughout his life with funny and purposeful anecdotes to illlustrate his choices and their consequences. If you look at his story as just a ho-hum story, your missing the point. Instead focus on which direction his life turned in response to each of his major life decisions. If he were to write another book, I would buy it, for there is no better example to learn from than someone who has done it all and happily succeeded.
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I truly enjoyed reding this book. I had the pleasure of hearing the author recount some of the events in person. He was a great communicator and an incredible human being.
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