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Boots on the Ground: The History of Project Delta Paperback – March 3, 2010
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About the Author
The author lived in upstate New York until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. He volunteered to be a paratrooper and was recruited for Special Forces training. He volunteered for Vietnam, and upon arriving in-country, he volunteered for duty with Project Delta. He served as a Reconnaissance Team Leader. After discharge he graduated from Cornell University and spent thirty years in the nuclear and environmental management fields.
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BOOTS ON THE GROUND, in my opinion, breaks the mold insofar as being a truly accurate and objective historical account of combined personal experiences as well as precisely detailing one of the most successful, unconventional USA military operations conducted in that unpopular conflict. And it is all done without personal biases tainting the facts, which can be a rare event in documented military historical works.
The book humbly explains its reasons for being, and the author rightfully offers the much deserved credit to all the important players that went into generating this monumental historical piece of literature. It then continues to give precise accounts of PROJECT DELTA throughout the book's eighteen chapters and five appendices. The author has done a fine job in seamlessly blending all the various sources of information, compiling them into a book that is easy to read, filled with exciting accounts of the individuals who sacrificed everything and then some, without a moments hesitation.
It doesn't matter whether one hated the war or supported the war, or is currently a hawk or dove. This book is historically relevant, providing a much needed, objective peek into but one war in the USA's past from a man who had first hand knowledge and experience. I always prefer those historical accounts from men and women who were actually there--neck deep in the circumstance as an active player--who then follows up from their hands-on perspective with well-researched information about the event they survived. This book most certainly delivers this format.
Loaded with black and white photos to correspond with the information rich manuscript, BOOTS ON THE GROUND is one of those gems depicting an event in our nations history we better not forget in a way, if you read the book through--we will not be able to forget. It's well documented now.
This book delivers on all elements: interesting, accurate, intelligently written, humble and exciting. It should become required reading in each respective branch of the military's academic institutions. Superbly done on all fronts, Mr. Carpenter. And thank you for your service, hard work and dedication to the truth.