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The Ravens were FACS (Forward Air Controllers) who flew slow, unarmed prop-driven spotter planes over enemy positions to discover and direct fighter-bombers onto North Vietnamese supply convoys heading south.
What comes through first and foremost is the immense courage of The Ravens. These men flew Cessnas (literally, the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog) against a sophisticated air defense network of 14.5mm ...more
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once upon a time there were two people arriving in japan around 2006 to take up a job teaching English.
These are stories about gutsy pilots flying for the CIA in America's secret war in Laos. But the book is as much or more about the Hmong people who we used and discarded in the War in Vietnam. It's probably worth reading for that story alone. Because of the background on the Hmong, Ravens added meaning to the movie Gran Torino for me. It was also fascinating to read details of what went on in the secret base, Long Tieng, in Laos. This is the mysterious hidden base where Halliday (Flying Through...more
First, a general criticism. This book was painful to read. Not painful in the claustrophobic, nerve wracking, "impaled on a bamboo spear" way that The Tunnels of Cu Chi was -- no, just a bit slow and plodding and, well, not very well written or organized in some parts. In fact, this book was often the opposite of a "could not put it down" title -- it kept convincing me to put it down and move on to other books. Although I am used to reading several books at once, i ...more
The Ravens were a group of forward ...more
This book is very well written and researched; it also challenged how I think about both this war and the Vietnam War. It's a must read for any student of American history ...more
The book is critical of the US policies of the time but it does not provide much on the Laos politics or the men who were the Hmong backseaters. Still it shows what the US did do, and you wonder what they are still doing somewhere in the world.
Their exploits are interwoven with the political chicanery being practised by the North Vietnamese; the Laotian government; and the US administration.
A very fitting tribute, not only to The Ravens but also to the Hmong people of the Laotian Uplands, who are STILL fighting this war.
I've been reading a lot about Vietnam recently, an special forces that youse fac controllers in the air above them. These books where so interesting I wanted to read more about them. Then I was lucky to come across this book about the ravens. Thank you to the author for sharing al he new in this book it's truly amazing to read what these pilots done with the help of the MEO an Lao people. Really worth reading......
I found the idea of the Ravens, what they did and how they did it amazing. I've read a number of books but this was the first I'd heard of the Ravens. Thank you all for what you did and God Bless those lost in action and you that survived.
The Empress of Ireland won the Saga Award for wit, along with exceptional critical acclaim. In Search of Kazakhstan was short-listed for the Authors’ Club Best Travel B ...more