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Preview — Tiger Force by Michael Sallah
Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
reporting. TIGER FORCE is the searing story of a group of elite army soldiers in Vietnam who spun dangerously out of control and went on a horrific seven-month rampage. It is also the story of how these ...more
Of course, that doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. To the contrary, there have always been rules of warfare (ignore those legal isolationists who argu ...more
This is an expansion on the article series into book form.
Sallah and Weiss found of several of the former soldiers from Tiger Force, and they document their experiences from the unit.
Tiger Force made addition ...more
First, it isn't at all what I was expecting. This is a very dark, and very disturbing book that tells the tale of what is probably the greatest series of war crimes ever committed by American forces. A series of war crimes that were investigated for ...more
Tiger Force throws no curves; it is a straightforward book that delivers what Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss promise to deliver right from the front of the cover. The “true story of men and war” presents itself in a simplistic, chronological structure that nevertheless does justice to a highly disturbing story.
The book begins with a prologue that sets up the after-story of one of the most notor ...more
This book is an investigative report that uncovers the atrocities committed by a rogue army unit. The authors are not veterans, and were not a part of this unit.
This particular unit was kept off the Army's books in order to do some dirty work that ordinarily is not appropriate for an army unit.
While they say war is hell, some of the men in this unit behaved things that crossed the line. Probably not on par with the My Lai massacre, but it seems there were some rotten apples in this unit that sp ...more
Sallah and Weiss, who won a Pulitzer Prize (along with fellow reporter Joe Mahr) for their reporting on the Tiger Force in the Toledo Blade in 2003, have crafted a compelling, chilling story. Reviewers draw obvious parallels between the events detailed here and the My Lai massacre, as well as recent incidents from the war in Iraq. The book is a primer on journalistic technique, the narrative drawn from firsthand accounts in interviews with victims' families and more than 40 former members of th...more
Tragedy b/c the individual soldiers were placed in a morally compromising situation.
Disturbing b/c of
- the # of innocent noncombantant killed
- the psychological damage done to brave men who volunteered to serve their country
- the degree to which various officers and Army administrators actively suppresses the scandal
- the likelihood the event will recur b/c the Army has not acknowledged what occurred nor learned from it
A must read for those interested in the Mai Lai massacre, th ...more