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A novel about the C.I.A. Phoenix Program, which was designed to find and destroy the Communist Infrastructure within South Vietnam. The novel follows several characters, both American and Vietnamese, and the moral ambiguities that they encounter in the covert war.
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 399 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Bantam Books
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Good read. Motives are a little hard to understand. The man knew a lot of details about things on the ground, having covered it in person. A few descriptive lines are throw aways, but overall you'll learn something about Vietnamese politics and enjoy a bit of covert mission fiction that borders on the unrealistic. A bit shocked that the author checked out in 2006 at age 63. Too young.
Nicholas Proffitt's novel Gardens of Stone was based on his service as a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry detachment detailed to serve as the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. After his military service, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a journalism degree and went to work for Newsweek as a reporter, subsequently working in Vietnam and Lebanon. He e ...moreMore about Nicholas Proffitt...