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Nicknamed "Mini-Man" for his diminutive stature, a mere five-foot-three and 125 pounds in his flight boots, chopper pilot Ron Alexander proved to be a giant in the eyes of the men he rescued from the jungles and paddies of Vietnam. With an unswerving concern for every American soldier trapped by enemy fire, and a fearlessness that became legendary, Ron Alexander earned enough official praise to become the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era. Yet, for Ron, the real reward came from plucking his fellow soldiers from harm's way, giving them another chance to get home alive.

In Taking Fire, Alexander and acclaimed military writer Charles Sasser transport you right into the cramped cockpit of a Huey on patrol, offering a bird's eye view of the Vietnam conflict. Packed with riveting action and gritty "you-are-there" dialogue, this outstanding book celebrates the everyday heroism of the chopper pilots of Vietnam.

©2001 Ron Alexander and Charles W. Sasser (P)2018 Tantor

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An amazing story about one guys experience in Vietnam. Well worth the listen and always interesting.

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  • Jess Henderson
  • 08-07-2020

Unnecessarily vulgar - returned it

As soon as Chapter 1, less than 4:00 into it, he refers to Vietnamese women as "slant p---y". There are plenty of better chopper stories to hear besides this garbage. I spent 9 years in the Air Force, stateside non-combat, well after Nam, Flew on UH-1s with the 37th ARRS Beaver Squadron routinely as a missile crew passenger, and love that bird every time I see one. My neighbor in the BOQ at Warren AFB was a superb Huey pilot. None of us talked like this cretin.

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  • Steve Hillman MD
  • 19-03-2020

Mini Man can

A must read about the shortest and toughest pilot in the Vietnam war.
Over 40 medals and a great story was his from that conflict.
His humor is irresistible.

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  • Michael McMahon
  • 30-12-2020

I asked and it was received

So I am the type of reader that likes to find a subject aisle and then I'll just walk up and down scanning the shelves. I had a mispent few months in Alexander’s hometown of Hagerstown, which interesting has a wonderful public library. This book was simply a random find, and when you go in blind Ron Alexander's story is a tribute to the bravery of all chopper pilots who fought. The authors do a good job of keeping the reader focused on what's going on in the book. When listening Alexanders commands and the characters feed back a naration makes it feel like that you've got a door gunner in the back seat. Would recommend read blind, listen on the go.

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  • william d estes
  • 09-03-2020

Mini Man Extraordinaire

This is an outstanding story of bravery and leadership. One of the best of best.

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  • pharveye
  • 08-07-2019

Awesomeness

One of the best combat books I have read! Totally amazing read and I highly recommend it if you like combat pilot war biographies.

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  • Brendan O'Connor
  • 10-02-2019

OKAY


Just a little of the same as to charcuterie with the helicopter war in Vietnam a backyard. A good book for the action
pack reader. It fills a cold winter day with excellent stories about those gray days in Vietnam.

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  • James R Casperson
  • 30-01-2019

Entertaining and informative

Good read, good story and entertaining. Would not call it deep, but very enjoyable. This is not a war book that makes you sweat.

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