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The Arnheiter affair Hardcover – 1972


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394473639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394473635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Neil Sheehan is the author of A Fiery Peace in a Cold War and A Bright Shining Lie, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1989. He spent three years in Vietnam as a war correspondent for United Press International and The New York Times and won numerous awards for his reporting. In 1971, he obtained the Pentagon Papers, which brought the Times the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for meritorious public service. Sheehan lives in Washington, D.C. He is married to the writer Susan Sheehan.

Customer Reviews

This book is extremely accurate and very well written.
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I've read this book quote a few times since I came across a copy nearly a decade ago.
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Just when you think things cannot get any worse, read this book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This story is so very true and the description of Marcus Arnheiter is factual. The man should never have been given command of a ship much less left to remain in the Navy. He is a disgrace to our military forces everywhere. I served under him when he was the XO on the USS Ingersoll as a radionman.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Slick Nick on September 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In March of 1966, I was on the USS Falgout DER-324 which was tied alongside the Vance in Manila Bay. I recall hearing the infamous reveille tape while I was there. I learned all about Arnheiter and his reign of terror from a couple of Vance sailors while I was on liberty one night. When I read the book a few years later, I realized that it was all true. Because the Vance was a sister ship of the Falgout, the book was a very interesting read for me. I recommend it very highly if you're interested in Naval history and Navy justice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe Arnheiter on November 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In 1972 I was in high school. Queries about this book and the constant news coverage of this case caused tremendous embarassment to me and my family. Ultimately I changed my name to my mother's maiden name.

Today I understand more than the book could ever hope to realistically describe what life was for those who served on the USS Vance.

I am also a family member who understands and appreciates the personality that was Lt. Cmdr. Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter's.

I am a daughter of Marcus' twin brother.

Forgiveness and understanding. I have both. It is the only way to let go and begin.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By stephen g. carroll on February 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A sailor at sea has only one ultimate authority; his commanding officer (CO). What happens when the CO goes beyond the brink of rational thought? This tell-all true story describes a man who is obsessed with the enormous power of his position and wields it to do practically whatever he wishes. Force religious services on the crew, ban movies at sea, wage war against the Vietnameese in violation of direct orders not to...the only thing missing is a search for the key to the strawberries.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The Arnheiter Affair by Neil Sheehan is not fiction. It surprises me how accurately he captured the events aboard the USS Vance Der 387 off the coast of Vietnam. It surprises me because the crew was given orders not to speak to any of the news teams who came aboard. The crew was also told not to make eye contact for any pictures taken on board the Vance.
Being a radioman from 1965 - 1968 aboard the Vance I can make these comments because I now they are true.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in factual naval history.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Don Graeter on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I was S Division Officer aboard the USS El Paso from 1971 to 1973, one of my stalwart Chief Petty Officers was SNC Gustavo P. (Gus) Revita. Chief Revita was a fine Navy man in every respect. I respected him, liked him and relied heavily on him. He never let me down.

The Chief served on the Vance throughout Arnheiter's command and had the quarterdeck watch when Navy brass finally came aboard to relieve Arnheiter of his command. I wouldn't betray the Chief's confidences by posting here everything he told me. I will say that he was reluctant to discuss the situation but told me and others who asked him about it that everything in the book was absolutely accurate.

I knew other officers who knew Arnheiter before he was given command of the Vance. None could believe the Navy gave him command at sea.

I love the Navy but it made a terrible error here before finally correcting it.

This is a well written and highly readable account of the tragedy of the Vance. I highly recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rotten4x4@yahoo.com on February 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was a radioman aboard the Vance from 1965-1968. Reading this book brought back many memories. Some good and alot of very tough times due to the unpredictable Arnheiter. He was a very strange person. This book is extremely accurate and very well written.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Randall V. Topping, II on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book many times, and I have to say that it is one of my favorites. I think that it shows the average person that the greatest danger you might face in war time may not be the enemy. I have to marvel at the strength of character and will of these men to brave such a storm for so long. I am a history teacher in high school with a special interest in Naval History, and I find this book an absolute treasure. I would definitely say that it is a must read.
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