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Chuck Carlock volunteered to become a helicopter pilot in August 1966, convinced that by the time he finished training, the Vietnam War would be over. Little did he know that he would see some of the war's most intense action, including the Tet offensives. Carlock portrays countless dangers, from an elusive enemy and treacherous terrain to blinding weather, faulty equipment, and friendly fire. He rides the pendulum between fear and fearlessness during his many brushes with death. Along with the danger and tension, Carlock tells us about the camaraderie and humor shared by men who lived on the edge. Carlock's stories will sometimes shock you, sometimes bring a smile to your face, and sometimes make you angry. Learn about "secret" missions into a neutral country. Discover how the Walker spy ring cost American lives. Most of all, find out what it was like for a twenty-one-year-old farm boy to find himself suddenly immersed in vicious daily combat, making decisions that determined the fate of hundreds of lives.

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Quel excellent livre ! Nous sommes si loin des caricatures filmographiques américaines des années 1970. Le vétéran est humain. Quelles histoires si bien revécues pour donner un sens à cette page d'Histoire des Etats-Unis ! Le talent de l'auteur participe de cette histoire américaine revue en profondeur, sans concession mais avec passion.
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HASH(0x9b65d978) étoiles sur 5 FIREBIRDS: The Best First Person Account of Helicopter Comb 15 février 2002
Par David L. Eastman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
While I find the title a bit presumptious, I did note that Chuck Carlock experienced a lot of bullet holes in the olive drab fuselages of the Charlie models he flew in his area of Vietnam. My experiences were in the Delta, where I think we had a greater variety of tasks and episodes to discuss and carry out. My time with the Outlaws of the 175th Avn. Company were far more enjoyable that being "up-north" with these American units described. I know what I missed. Still, it is good that some of us helicopter pilots have recorded our flying deeds in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, one we treasure now that we survived it!! Chuck salutes many of his fellow pilots at the end of the book and shows that many Vietnam vets are now successful men of stature and success in their communities.
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HASH(0x9b583c6c) étoiles sur 5 this book is unreadable 13 mars 2014
Par Iman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
awful. so poorly written. I love the Vietnam genre but this book was literally unreadable. If you want a well written first person account of a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, try Robert Mason's "Chickenhawk."
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HASH(0x9b582ea0) étoiles sur 5 A Truly Terrible Book 27 novembre 2014
Par Stead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Just plain awful. During flight training the author learned to fly a helicopter and played a lot of softball. Guess which he chose to write about? Hint: It's not the choice you'd hope for.

The entire first half is written in little two page vignettes making me suspect it was actually written by a journalist from interviews with many different pilots. Further reinforcing this notion was the fact that book memorializes Che Guevara and commemorates Dr. Spock's first arrest for an anti-war protest. They even manage to work in a Hillary Clinton reference. I wasn't really looking for the Hanoi Jane version of the Vietnam War, but I'd already paid my $8 so I persevered.

This book heavily stresses its central thesis that most US troops were vicious, inhuman baby killers who spent the war perpetually drunk and tortured animals in between slaughtering innocent children. This point of view culminates with a quote from a serviceman's mother "I sent the Army a good boy and they gave me back a murderer." To top it off, the actual piloting of helicopters is so rarely discussed that the author might as well have been driving around in a Volkswagen.

The book does improve around page 168. It gradually becomes a more cohesive narrative which spends less time bashing Americans and more time talking about actual helicopter missions. I wish I hadn't bought this book to begin with, but given that I did, I wish I'd started reading on p168 and skipped the beginning.
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HASH(0x9b583c0c) étoiles sur 5 We were there at the same time 13 septembre 2013
Par DAN RODGERS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I am Dan Rodgers author of Call Me Sergeant Rock (How a Boy Becomes a Man in Vietnam.) I am constantly requested to review books of this genre. The author describes what happens in the air in Vietnam. My book describes what we did on the ground. I am not here to promote my book, but our books parallel each other so much that I have to mention it. I was a Sergeant squad leader grunt. As a grunt we thought that the chopper pilots had it made, as a matter of fact I volunteered for becoming a door gunner. After reading Chuck Carlock's book I am glad the army did not allow me to get out of the field and into a chopper. The author and I must have met up lots of times in Vietnam. My unit, the 196th LIB, was always north of Chu Lai. All the way to the DMZ we traveled. How many times did Chuck Carlock help us? Firebirds is a great book.

Dan Rodgers (Author)
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HASH(0x9b79ba38) étoiles sur 5 He's right - it is the best first-person account of the war. 18 juin 1999
Par T. W. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Chuck Carlock is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of a military helicopter pilots association, which gives him access to both his memories and those of his buddies. Fly with him as he takes you out on missions in Huey gunships and slicks (so named because they carried no guns, hence their sides were 'slick') as he crisscrosses some of the hottest spots in the theatre. And when he's done with you, his buddies step in and take you on med evac hops and Special Forces inserts deep inside Cambodia. Hands down, this is the best book of 'Nam chopper flying I've read (except for perhaps 'Chickenhawk'). And after you've read this book, pop 'Apocalypse Now' or 'Platoon' in the VCR (or DVD) and get the total 'Nam experience.
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