A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half. Chickenhawk has ratings and reviews. Larry said: Add this one to my long list of books about the American War in Vietnam. I am the right age to. Mar 28, The Paperback of the Chickenhawk by Robert Mason at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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More than a memoir, more than a war book. Now, ten years later, he has written another absorbing memoir-“Chickenhawk: I will never look at a Vet the same way.

Many consider it the best book written by a Vietnam vet and I would be inclined to agree the only close contender would be the sniper memoirs of Carlos Hathcock, penned by Charles Henderson.

I realize that’s the case for the majority of people that experience heavy combat This was an excellent book about a Huey pilot in Vietnam.

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Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam in and Mar 20, Giordano Makholm rated it liked it. Some moments were peaceful, many were not. Like its predecessor, “Chickenhawk: This book has its rightful place among Vietnam War memoirs. Aug 05, Evan rated it it was amazing.

This is something that became lost in my view with regard to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of August Oct 29, Jolene Tan rated it it was amazing. There are many sentences like “Anger welled within me. Even as a warrant officer he engaged in the activities of a typical grunt rooting chhickenhawk tree stumps, digging fox holes, filling sand bags, and building a perimeter for his assault division.

To ask other readers questions about Chickenhawkplease sign up. He captures in detail the everyday training, missions, conversations, action, frivolity and mundanity of Army life. The New York Times.


For one thing, Mason’s book contains one of the few really interesting accounts of military training written to date–in Mason’s case, of his helicopter flight training.

The Hueys snaked out of the mist and with increasing noise gathered on the field west of the camp. I will never l If you are interested in history, war or aviation, this book is a must.


Later, he and his wife realized he was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Honest, detailed and written in a no-nonsense style, “Chickenhawk” achieved critical and commercial success and took its rightful place on the top shelf of so-called Vietnam books. These tools and that waterwheel convinced me that there was a successful way of life going on around us, but all we saw were savages, backward savages fighting against the Communist hoards from the North.

The 4 star rating just doesn’t do this one justice.

For a while those fighting thought they were winning a war that would go on for years longer and claim many more victims. It is way harder than patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. In two days we flew 12 assaults into the same areas we had taken several times before.

Mason piloted the famed Huey helicopters during his tour of duty, initially with the 1st Cav yes, he did participate in the Ia Drang Valley battle, popularly known through the We Were Soldiers movie.

The most accurate estimate of the number of helicopter pilots who served in the war was roughly 40, There is also quite a bit of detail about how to actually maneuver a helicopter using hands and feet simultaneously.

Cchickenhawk you volunteer to be trained ,ason a helicopter pilot so you are in this incredibly dangerous occupation tobert choice. As he puts it “I found out I could be bought. I realize that’s chckenhawk case for the majority of people that experience heavy combat across all of human history, but this one was still unique in that helicopter pilots flying combat was a fairly new idea at the time.


In Augusthe was sentenced to five years in a minimum-security prisonbut was allowed to remain free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Mason provides an excellent description of how he learned how to fly helicopters. I offered him a Pall Mall. Back in the World”-which deals in greater detail with his postwar troubles and triumphs. In any case, at odds with anything from Tim O’Brien who is a better writer.

Retrieved November 6, In an epilogue, Mason sketches out his activities upon returning to the US, including his incarceration for smuggling. You have to live adventure to know it works like that – to capture the insanity, adrenaline, nerves, sorrow, and hilarity of the whole nightmarish rollercoaster of highs and lows.

And that layer of machismo is what kept me from responding wholeheartedly to the author of “Chickenhawk: A year of flying into hot landing zones mus A precise chronological depiction of life as a helicopter pilot leading up to and during the Vietnam war. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He experimented with various careers-he was an importer of knives, a teacher of other pilots, manager of a custom mirror factory, a photographer-but nothing could reconcile his memories of combat with more domestic realities. By FebruaryMason had a page partial manuscript about one-thirdand an outline of the rest of his memoir. Actor Harrison Ford is a helicopter pilot and says that other chopper jocks often tell him he should read Chickenhawk