Chickenhawk by Robert Mason, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This is Robert Mason’s astounding personal story of men at war. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions . Chickenhawk [Robert Mason] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror .

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Some moments were peaceful, many were not. Anyone who served in Vietnam Views Read Edit View history.

Why were all the men of this beautiful village gone just when the Americans were right outside? Preview — Chickenhawk by Robert Mason.


Write a customer review. The troops on the ground undoubtedly had it far worse than the amson pilots did and the accounts of bodies piled up or soldiers missing limbs, was a constant refrain. The New York Times. Chickenhawk is compelling from start to finish. Apr 11, Dustin rated it really liked it.

I can see why so many helicopter pilots have read this text, as Mason describes the terrifically challenging circumstances that he deals with for combat landings and take-offs, as well as all too human appreciation for the breakdown in the military and on a chickfnhawk soul from struggling through such a terrible conflict.

Running behind in our proper death ratio were we? I stumbled across this enthralling tale while reading a compilation of pilot memoirs War in the Air, edited by Koontz that had a memorable chapter from this book vividly burned into my memory, as it drops you into the middle of the Vietnam war chopper pilot’s day to day life. Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with chickenhawm statements Articles with unsourced statements from August What a terrific book.


A great book about a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. When I was flying, my life was in my own hands. The 4 star rating just doesn’t do this one justice. I am glad it also went chickennawk to describe what civilian life was for the chickfnhawk after he came back from Vietnam – the fact that he is still married is a bit of a miracle and I think his wife was aptly named.

Refresh and try again. Robert Mason wrote it in a way where even non-military personnel can understand what’s happening. The first hand accounts of flying masom recovery is brilliant.

Chickenhawk is brave and awful and specific. I was two years younger than Robert Mason and during the time he was flying missions I was in my second and third year of college. Description ‘I read this as a young pilot about to embark on a career flying military helicopters.

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There is also quite a bit of detail about how chickdnhawk actually maneuver a helicopter using hands and feet simultaneously. Mason has subsequently published two novels, Solo and Weaponas well as a second memoir, Chickenhawk: You can begin to understand the despair and subsequent descent into alcohol and wild behavior as they keep going back to take territory they had already taken before, with constant loss of friends. To appreciate fully Mason’s accomplishment in rendering this experience so fascinating, one need only contrast it with that of Marcus Lutrell’s recent “Lone Survivor,” which manages to turn what should be an equally fascinating account of Navy seal training into one of the most annoying and sleep-inducing chronicles of push-ups and special ops ever written.


A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: Army gave him his chance. This book was a recommended read by a member of my book club and I am glad I took the time to read it, even though it wasn’t my usual reading material. There is nothing that should worry any parent, but chickejhawk book is an honest account of one youn One of the very best books to come out of the Vietnam war.

And then, like Bob Mason, we could spend years trying to figure out how everything got so All three are great, with Coontz sparking my interest to reading pilot chickehnawk by sampling some of the best. Riker, who knew where he was going, told me to turn left.

Return to Book Page. I am pleased to purchase this e book edition and look forward to reading this book again. I am a pilot so I understand many of the details being told and the logistics and complexity of what they were doing in their helicopters.