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The book is filled with stories both cheerful and gruesome of his exploits among these uncomplaining people who learned to live with suffering so appalling I cringe to even think back upon it. Such basics as antibiotics, clean water, and a diet rich in the necessary nutrients for a baby to develop with a healthy prospect of seeing the future were lacking. A high mortality rate was more the rule than the exception.
These openhanded and accommodating individuals received Dr. Dooley and his team with a mixture of respect and suspicion. It was his deference and ability to impart the sentiment that Americans were there to help them for the sheer sake of the peoples needs, not for any political agenda, and not to conquer them as part of a realm like so many acquisitions.
The final product was more than one could hope for. The many different companies as well as private citizens that helped to make this endeavor work by volunteering their time and donations are also mentioned in the book with a pride and thankfulness I'm sure that Dooley hoped the world would recognize. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Kelsana 6/5/01
Particularly the first story, The first men, is based in the following premise: if the human children raised by animals become forever as the animal that took care of him, feral children... what would happen if a evolutionary change would take place, but it remains unnoticed since the new improved children are still raised by normal humans?
the answer is no less that incredible. And can be taken as a very good metaphore for all the coming events in the light of the inevitable transhuman ascension.
Along there is some other very good stuff, like a short story 'of time and cats' -first appeared in 1959- the original source of the chapter where Homer Simpson gets cloned and cloned..
A little collection not at all outdated even when much of it was written a long time ago.
I enter here to see if I could buy it again, my own copy from 1970 is almost gone, sheet of paper with no actual bonding, hopefully eventually someone would be so clever to published it once again.
"The Large Ant" appeared in the penultimate issue of _Fantastic Universe_ as "The Big Ant" and was one of the most famous stories to appear in that magazine. It has since been reprinted many times. The other six tales all appeared in _Fantasy and Science Fiction_ between 1959 and 1960. Some (like "The First Men," "Cato the Martian," and "The Martian Shop") had some fame. Others (like "Of Time and Cats" and "The Sight of Eden") were little known beyond this collection.
"The Large Ant" is about a writer who encounters a large, antlike creature on a fishing trip. He instinctively kills it. But then he feels a sense of guilt. It does him no good to say that most other people would have done the same thing, for he feels that the human race is being judged as well-- and being found wanting.
"The First Men" is about a growing number of feral children who are appearing round the world. Is it a step forward in God's plan for peace? Or a step backward into bestiality?
"Cato the Martian" is a statesman who says that Earth must be destroyed, root and branch. One scholarly philosopher opposes him. Who proves to be right? Who proves to be righteous?
"The Martian Shop" is a terrific science fiction mystery. Three shops open in Japan, Paris, and New York City at the same time-- apparently staffed by Martians and offering fantastic products for sale. What is their game?Read more ›
I happened to read the 2nd book before the first. I must say that the Reviewers prior, gave affirmative reviews. I would buy this book due to their reviews. But this is mine about Operation Laos....in a kingdom of magical beauty by means of lucious green fields, rice paddies, jungles and people.
To reach this remote area, Dr. Dooley combined a team that dedicated themselves to traveling into unchartered territory to Westerners, in order to set up medical facilities to help those inflicted with medical injuries and untreated diseases: Those who desirved the chance to live like human beings with this team's aid of medical care, positive thinking, cleanliness and given medical direction...to care for their own proper hygeine. There was so much to accomplish, not excluding having to operate on people with no electricity, but thus was acomplished with the useage of generators. Companies believing in this expedition donated such generous items as generators, batterey opperated equipment, to cooking gear and more. This team of 'want to be' medical humanitarians (back in the 1950's) had apparently impressed even the global medical community.Read more ›
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Bought it thinking it would be along the lines of the movie. It was not. All they did was take one idea out of the book to make an entire movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bird's eye view of the work among the Vietcong in the early 60s and the good the Americans did to help. Not really a book on missions, more about his concern for humanity.Published 21 months ago by D. Fuller
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