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The Vietnam War is one of the most misunderstood military conflicts in 20th-century America. Showcasing 72 true stories told by American servicemen who fought from the skies, this unique and historically significant collection is a stunning record of the air war in Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s.  

There is no political agenda. There is no partisan opinion. There is no romanticizing. These are simply tales from the thick of an endlessly complex conflict, raw and uncut, told directly by the men who were foisted into its napalm- and sweat-soaked clutches.  

Occasionally funny, sometimes tragic, and often harrowing, these true accounts bring new and personal perspectives to one of the most studied and most maligned wars in America's history, revealing with no Hollywood glamorizing what the war was really like for members of the US Air Force of all ranks and myriad functions who answered the call to fight.  

They saw no choice but to follow the orders they were given. And for better or for worse, by the time they returned, each of them would be changed forever.

©2017 Colonel Dennis M. (Mike) Ridnouer (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Clayton Cartier
  • 03-11-2020

Overall worthy and perspective broadening

Great stories, very informative and entertaining! That being said... The start of the book was hard to listen to. The reader was blazing through sentence by sentence without inflection. Stories don't need to be read with theater school enthusiasm but a monotone blitz that doesn't differentiate between dancing, distress, or being freed from a POW camp, doesn't do these true accounts justice.

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  • Per
  • 05-09-2020

Unique

Confused at first as I was not sure what to expect, but as anecdote after anecdote was told an outline tool shape and slowly got filled in. A unique collection of tales from the men who where there. Unforgettable.

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  • USAGUY
  • 27-08-2020

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It was wonderful to hear the many stories and experiences. (Here's my fifteen words).) Thx ;-)

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  • Grapester
  • 25-08-2020

Excellence overview of the Air War in Southeast Asia

Most authors focus on a single group of warriors, but many of us know that the fighter pilot is supported by hundreds of support aircraft and personnel. As a former boom operator, I remember providing gas to F16s post strike air fueling. The chatter of multiple aircraft attempting to find their specific aerial tank. Great book...

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  • S. Mersereau
  • 14-06-2020

Important History

Captures many of the air war stories from The Vietnam War, as many of these air warriors are passing. Often puts you in the pilot’s seat, during the poorly managed, heroically fought war. Don’t miss War For The Hell of It, a superb book about the F-4 flying out of Thailand. SCM, Udorn RTAFB

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  • frederick medina
  • 17-04-2020

Aerial combat

This book tells the awesome stories of pilots and airmen who fought and served in Vietnam and the stories were unbelievable,it’s a great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2019

very interesting collection of tales

Very well-told, very interesting stories of the Viet Nam air war and ancillary jobs surrounding it.

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  • Mark U.
  • 16-09-2019

Best book yet.

This is the best book I have read about the air war in Vietnam. I was stationed in many of the locations mentioned during my two tours in SEA. First with 20th TASS at Da Nang, Vietnam and the second with Det 1of 56th SOW at Udorn, Thailand. The book brought back a flood of memories, many good, some bad.

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  • Fabio
  • 24-04-2019

Not very good

I read a lot of books about the air war in Vietnam and I have to say that this is the worst. Some of the stories are good but in general the book is poorly written and the speaker is terrible.

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