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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My impression was that Leone thought I was the straightest wimp he’d run into. Mason acknowledges how important this is to the farmer of Vietnam. Aug 07, Fred rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mason was released on May 17, He engaged in spraying defoliants to eliminate ,ason cover for the VC Viet Cong, South Vietnamese communistsnot knowing what havoc these chemicals would reap in the future.

In the meantime, in MarchMason was convicted on the smuggling charges. The only comment I have is that I am of the same generation as Robert Mason and while reading I kept reflecting back rboert where Maon was from June of 64 to July 65 while he was in training and then from September 65 to August 66 while Robert Mason was flying his missions in Vietnam. If you are interested in history, war or aviation, this book is a must.


Insects buzzed in the saturated air. I wanted his wife and son to be more than satellites of Mason’s spinning world.

In the preface to “Chickenhawk,” Mason wrote: Of that number 7, were Hueys, almost all of which were US Army. 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. He could have shaved much detail from this book and still had a hit on his hands, but he gave everything he had to Chickenhawk and it became a special pie What a terrific book.

Mason returned from Vietnam internally broken and without the smallest idea of how to repair himself. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: Apr 11, Dustin rated it really liked it. Books by Robert Mason. While waiting to see whether Burger could sell the book, after several rejections it is good but no one wants to read about VietnamMason was running a paper route each night, miles on back roads, and his car blew up.


The book chronicles his enlistment, flight training, deployment to and experiences in Vietnam, and his experiences after returning from the war. Mason for the local Vietnamese people; he becomes amazed with their own ability of survivability and their engineering techniques that are considered then by most to be primitive; Mr. Back in the World.

Robert Mason had over helicopter missions during his year in Vietnam. I had long wondered what it was like for those who were in Vietnam and this account, by Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot, gives us a good look at the conditions which the troops over there had to work under, as well as the author’s questioning of why they were there and how to tell friend from foe. Like a hawk, maybe.

The short story is that I was considering fleeing to Canada if I was drafted but never had to chickenawk that momentous decision that would have significantly changed my life. From a solider’s point of view straight up including lots of little details from the descriptio After an inital slow start I became thoroughly engrossed in this book.


I am glad it also went on to describe what civilian life was for the author after he came back from Vietnam – the fact that he is still married is a bit of a miracle and I think his maaon was aptly named. Do you need another e Actor Harrison Ford is a helicopter pilot and says that other chopper jocks often tell him he should read Chickenhawk It felt like we were near the end of our wait on death row.

As he puts it “I found out I could be bought. The attitude that no doubt allowed him to survive the horrors of a helicopter pilot’s life in Vietnam keeps him from sounding humble even when he tries to do so, and this may serve to dilute the reader’s empathy. A great, great memoir of a vietnam huey pilot. As he began to suffer from the accumulated stress at the end of his tour, he found he was most comfortable when he was flying.

How much of it was pure bitterness at Chicoenhawk laws and mores, the same laws and mores that had led him into combat? Apr 03, Steven Z. Now we have unmanned drones that kill from the air and humans that blow themselves up in a crowd. Maspn 15, Theweed Wild rated it really liked it. 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.


I began my flying career in hueys, learning the trade from expereinced Vietnam era pilots.


The story of a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam told by one who was there. Guess that makes us chickens. I thought his writing was brilliant as it really put you in the jungles of vietnam, provided experiences on so many levels emotional, physical, and personal to him and even in glimpses of the vietnamese eobert. The New York Times. At times when ferrying ARVN chickenhawo to a landing zone Mason had to be careful that once on the ground they would not turn and fire on his Huey.

Mason takes you into it, though, as a young man carrying out the duties that he is taught as he tries to learn from his instructors and guides.

Regardless, you may well feel this urge to go fly. He sailed to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile and served a one-year tour, nine months with the “First Cav”, the last three months with the 48th Aviation Company. This was an excellent book about a Huey pilot in Vietnam. As reader it brings you into an understanding why people and soliders do the crazy things they do.

Johnson was ramping up the American commitment to save South Vietnam from communism. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We took off singly to join up out of the fog.

The first chapter written was what became the fifth chapter in the finished book. 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 person’s soul from struggling through such a terrible conflict.

During the war about 12, helicopters were deployed by the United States military.