- Paperback: 526 pages
- Publisher: Trine Day; 2nd edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977795314
- ISBN-13: 978-0977795314
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm not a military person and don't have a background in military affairs, but I don't need that experience to conclude unequivocally that this book is truthful, accurate, and real. First of all, I lived through
the debacle of the Johnson Whitehouse and the despicable way in which he attempted to manipulate public opinion during the Vietnam War. Secondly,
he and all of his associates and aides knew how important it was for our military forces to attack the enemy in their staging grounds in Cambodia. Of course, we didn't do that effectively and that in itself was a major reason why we lost the war but never lost a battle. Thirdly, logic is all one needs to understand to know that the depiction of events, details, military actions, humanitarian gestures, and so much more in this book could never have been fabricated. And then, too, how about the court trial and the unanimous deciscion in favor of the lieutenant colonel and his publisher. Was the court's decision a fabrication too?
Nonsense! What you will read in this book is what happened to a very loyal, conscientious, honorable, and brave soldier. What history has already said and will continue to report about Johnson and Westmoreland is that they were bumbling idiots. Lastly, do any of you really believe that the United States government, regardless of which party is in power at the moment, is immune from covert assasination attempts and the inevitable coverups which follow them whether they are successful or not?
If you do, you are living in a world of fantasy. Our government leaders
are human beings who are just as susceptible to intrigue, duplicity, and illegal actions as any other political leaders. It's generations far in the future who will, maybe, find out what really happened in Korea, in Vietname, in Cambodia, in Iraq, and so on...
On a positive note, I found this book to be extremely information, detailed, and heart-warming. The book is informative on more than one level. First, I remember the controversy about whether or not the U. S. military should or should not enter Cambodian territory. I also remember that the Johnson Whitehouse tried very hard to make everyone believe that the U. S. forces would never do such a thing. Your explanation of how critical it was to attack and silence the VC forces in their protected staging areas was eey-opening. On another level, the interaction you had with that CIA agent was more than informative; it was darn right frightening. I've only heard of stories about our government attacking its own troops or getting other forces (Vietname forces in this case) to attack us. I don't think I ever believed it was true. Well, there is no doubt in my mind now! On a third level, this book was informative because I had not knowledge of the Hoa Hao people and their culture. Also, I didn't know that our special forces did so much humanitarian work: construction projects, hospital and medical assistance, etc...
The book is detailed in a positive sense. It describes the military engagements, the meetings with the Vietnam major, the humanitarian projects, the various outposts and military strategies, the daily routine of the special forces, and the plans for military success. Specific details about the men under your command are also given. How in the world they could have decided to turn against you is beyond my understanding. I know you explained what you believe caused them to do so, but I just don't understand the decision to defame you. Loyalty is a man's honor. These men had served you and their mission and their country well, but their honor sure didn't withstand the test of time and politcal pressure.
I mentioned that the book was heart-warming because I was impressed with how loving and caring the Hoa Hao group of people were toward you personally and toward the efforts of lyour men to assist them.
I would consider it an honor to shake your hand Dan. That will probably never happen since I'm way out here in CA, so, as a substitute, please accept my personal thanks and praise for your service, commitment, courage, and determination to do what was right for your men, our country, the Hoa Hao people, and me, a fellow citizen of the greatest country on Earth.
Anyone who doesn't or won't believe that the Presidency is co-opted from Langley is delusional. I found this book to be very credible and supported by facts and evidence. Where is the other sides info?!
Marvin's book is well-written and detailed. What he reveals is typical CIA maneuvering from that era. I do not understand why the Special Forces Association attacked him. All they did was draw attention to the book.
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