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Naked in Da Nang: A Forward Air Controller in Vietnam
Naked in Da Nang: A Forward Air Controller in Vietnam
by Mike Jackson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be on NY Times Bestseller List, October 29, 2004
I am puzzled as to why this book has not been front and center in the Kerry-Bush debate. Although it does not take a political stand, it does cover thoroughly the character of the men who served in the unpleasantness of 1962 to 1975. Frankly, I am not sure it would make either candidate look good as it emphasizes the sterling qualities of those who actually served in Vietnam, and for more than a few weeks: those who lived day-to-day, crosing off each day lived-through and hoping for more. I had the great fortune to hear the authors speak recently and I have included here in my commentary from another web site. I can only hope that this book will outlive the political season and will offer more than a triumphant footnote to the contentious debate of late. I have just purchased additional copies for several friends who do not seem to understand what Vietnam was or who the men were who fought and died there. We had the good fortune to not only read this powerful book but hear its authors speak at a recent book event. There are many very good books about Vietnam. This is the best we've ever read from a personal perspective. Mike Jackson's warmth, humor and vitality helps you see how the average Joe adapts to combat and to the military in general. As good as the book is, it would make an even better movie. It is written in a manner that paints very clear images and holds your attention with every sentence. Listening to this couple speak is also a wonderful experience. Their conviction and patriotism rings very true. They have an entertaining back and forth routine that is both funny and sweet. Reading the book and hearing them speak is almost a celebration, something that is long overdue for America's vietnam veterans.


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