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am 25. August 2015
ich habe in letzter Zeit einige Bücher von Vietnam-Veteranen gelesen. Der Autor hier schildert sein Erlebtes gut, geht aber wenig ins Detail über seine Kameraden und das fehlt mir hierbei ein bisschen. Es ist kein schlechtes Buch, aber es gibt weitaus bessere in diesem "Genre". "Dead Center", "Good to go" und "Matterhorn" sind meine absoluten Favoriten hierbei.
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am 12. Februar 2015
Meiner Ansicht nach eines der besten Bücher eines Vietnam-Veteranen. Downs beschreibt sehr anschaulich seine Dienstzeit in Vietnam und seine Gedanken sowie das Umfeld.
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am 17. Juni 2000
This book belongs on a short list including Phillip Caputo's "A Rumor of War" and Lt. General Harold G. Moore's "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young," as one of the best first person narratives to come out of the Vietnam War. Downs was a fresh faced platoon leader who, like "Born on the Fourth of July"'s Ron Kovic, looked forward to the opportunity to prove his mettle under fire. Like Kovic, Downs came back from the war with a shattered body and a psyche that was deeply affected by what he experienced. Down's account of Vietnam is simple and straightforward. He is also an excellent writer and his book is a compulsive page turner. This is not a book that should be missed by those with an interest in America's most tragic war.
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am 3. Juni 1999
I read this book quite some time ago, not long after I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a school function on the Vietnam War. I have been fascinated by the Vietnam War ever since meeting the author (who happened to grow up in my hometown). I found the book eye-opening and easy to read, especially for those of us who do not have a military background. I felt his platoon's pain, as well as their excitement. All in all, what this man, and thousands like him went through is something that each American should appreciate.
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am 6. Juni 1999
This was the first book on the Vietnam War that I ever read. Since then, I've read ever other book that has come across my path. Mr. Downs' book was a landmark in Vietnam War literature simply because he downright tells it like it was for him. Having sustained extreme wounds, he managed to survive and write this book aswell as one called "Aftermath", which I strongly recommend aswell.
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am 7. Dezember 1998
Fred Downs worked for me when he was recovering from his wounds at Fitzsimmons General Hospital outside of Denver, Colorado. The events in the book were described by some of his friends who were there and are very accurately portrayed in the book. Fred's impact on the wounded at the hospital was almost as spectacular as his adventures in Vietnam and he was an inspiration to everyone around him. I still remember him after 35 years and I am willing to bet everyone who knew him feels the same way. Read the book and you will see why Fred is such a special person. (Someone should ask him to write about his experiences in the hospital and his adventures while he was there.)
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am 4. Dezember 1998
This book is on the "Recommended Reading List" of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 295, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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